QU recently became a founding intellectual partner of the new World Bank Global Forum for Law, Justice and Development (GFLJD). QU President Prof Sheikha Abdulla Al-Misnad formally signed the Joint Declaration and Statement of Commitment during the GFLJD legal week held at the Bank’s HQ in Washington on December 9-14, placing the university as the first Arab academic institution to join the Forum.
The Forum comprises 111 partners worldwide and serves as a platform for financial and academic institutions and international organizations to exchange information, examine current trends in legal and justice reform, and support developing countries in their efforts to build the rule of law.
The declaration, which was also endorsed by QU College of Law (LAWC), expresses the university’s intent to advance the principles and commitments of the Forum and to incorporate the values and objectives expressed in the Declaration and Statement of Commitment into its activities.
LAWC associate professor Dr Yaser Khalaileh will act as QU representative to the Global Forum and the administrative focal point with responsibilities for implementing at QU the activities outlined in the Declaration.
“The College’s endorsement will be followed by its substantial intellectual representation at Forum events in the near future”, Dr Khalaileh said, adding, “we will be a leading partner on issues related to legal reform processes involving inter-disciplinary approaches that will be supported by the College’s faculty members . I look forward to bringing together the expertise at Qatar University to address the Forum’s initiatives”.
LAWC Dean Dr Hassan Okour said: “This recent development yet again reflects the College’s mission to participate in the global dialogue on legal reform and other processes that advance the important issue of the rule of law and development. We are proud to be the first university in the Gulf and Middle East region to join this important initiative. I look forward to seeing our students involved in QU activities related to the Forum’s objectives with the view to strengthening their competencies in law, justice and development”.