Qatar is pursuing to learn and adopt the world’s best judicial and legal practices as well as build capacity of its judges and lawyers to keep pace with the rapid development in all spheres, the country’s top legal expert said here yesterday.
Speaking at a media conference held at Grand Hyatt Hotel here yesterday on the sidelines of the event titled ‘Global Symposium on Judicial and Legal Education”, organized by Qatar International Court and Dispute Resolution Centre (QICDRC), president of the Centre for Judicial and Legal Studies, Dr Mubarak bin Nasser al-Hajri, who is also member of the Supreme Judicial Council, said, “We are listening to the experiences and best practices of international judges and academia and also discussing the need to train and build capacities of Qatari judges and lawyers.
“We do have our own indigenous training programmes in Qatar. However, this symposium is dedicated to learning from the advanced practices used in different parts of the world. As the sole centre for practicing lawyers and judges we have extended our hands to benefit from the world’s best practices.”
Tops judges, law experts and academia from United Kingdom, USA, Australia, Canada, France and hosts Qatar heard experiences on educating the judiciary and development ideas for Qatar at the one-day symposium.
Answering a question, Dr al-Hajri, said, “There are different approaches in different judicial systems of the world. However, we need to understand that regardless of the difference, the judicial system is one. If we have problems we can look at it in different ways to find a solution. The objective of this symposium is to focus on how to resolve disputes between parties and we are trying to learn from the world’s different judicial and legal systems how to solve the same problem. Ultimately, justice is same all over the world.”
Reiterating this point, QICCDRC deputy president Sir David Keene said, “We are not trying to produce an amalgamation of the different systems of the world, but to present a choice.
“However, there are certain common themes emerging. One of those, in so far as judicial training is concerned, is that judges should, in general terms, be in charge of and in control of the training of judges, so as to ensure that the judges are independent of the executive (the government).”
Speaking to QNA, QICDRC chief executive office Robert Musgrove said, “It is important to us that national Qatari and Arabic-speaking lawyers are able to appear in our courts. We have already had very successful appearances by Qatari lawyers in international courts, but we feel it is the responsibility of the court and this education programme to further develop the transitional skills to allow Qatari national lawyer to appear here and other English-speaking courts.”
Regarding developing local lawyers’ legal English-speaking capacity, “This programme is looking at the development of legal English to build those skills and also transitional skills that will help Qatari lawyers to move from the domestic civil code system into feeling comfortable in a court that is more of a common law background.”
This education programme that Sir David Keene talked about empowerment and this symposium is a market place in which all the best traditional training in the world, both from common law and civil code, are able to demonstrate what is best for Qatar, he said.
“The report (at the conclusion of the symposium) will provide a series of options to decision-makers like Dr Mubarak al-Hajri and will have a choice to choose from that market on what they think are the best products to build a successful strategy for educating Qatari judiciary and Qatari lawyers,” added Musgrove.
Training course on Islamic finance
The Accounting and Auditing Organization for Islamic Financial Institutions (AAOIFI), with the support of Mazaya Qatar Real Estate Development Company will hold the annual training course on Islamic finance for the first time in Qatar from March 11 to 14.
The AAOIFI is an Islamic non-for-profit international corporate body that prepares accounting, auditing, governance, ethics and Shariah standards for Islamic financial institutions and the industry.
The AAOIFI is independent, supported by more than 200 institutional members from some 45 countries including central banks, Islamic financial institutions, and other participants from the international Islamic banking and finance industry, worldwide.
The CSAA course programme is designed to equip candidates with the understanding and professional skills for Shariah compliance and the review process for the international Islamic banking and finance industry.
It provides knowledge on roles and functions of various Shariah compliance and review processes; the correlation between Shariah compliance and review processes, mechanisms to ensure compliance with various decrees and fatwas; a technical review of banking and financial operations to determine compliance; and establishing of foundations to gain stakeholders’ trust and confidence in institutions’ Shariah compliance.Mazaya Qatar will be the sole sponsor of the course.
Mazaya Qatar CEO Seraj al-Baker said, “As a Shariah compliant company, we are committed to these principles, and the support of Islamic finance and financial institutions in the region. We are proud to be the company which brings this important training course to Qatar for the first time, and hope it is the first of many”.