13 Nov 2017 – 2:54
Emir H H Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani officially opened the Qatar Law Forum 2017 yesterday. The opening was attended by Prime Minister and Interior Minister H E Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani.
Addressing the congerence, experts said Qatar continues to play an important role in strengthening the rule of law the world over.
H E Dr Ali bin Fetais Al Marri, Attorney-General of Qatar and President of the Board of Trustees of the Rule of Law and Anti-Corruption Centre hailed the support of the Emir to the judiciary and His Highness’ keenness to consolidate the rule of law, saying His Highness’ patronage to the Qatar Law Forum confirms this support.
The Attorney-General said Qatar was built on justice and equality since it was founded by Sheikh Jassim bin Mohammed bin Thani, who consolidated the principles of justice and respect to the Judicial authority. “Qatar was built on justice and equality among all to be the basis for its establishment, survival and continuity, which is the most valuable principle,” Al Marri said.
The Attorney-General added that the justice, equality and the consolidation of law in the State has continued throughout history, which has added to its strength and momentum. Al Marri said a number of its leaders practiced justice such as Father Emir H H Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani who ruled between litigants, thus re-establishing the history of the glorious Islamic nation at the beginning of its time when the Caliphs sat to judge and adjudicate people’s cases.
Al Marri said the path continued in H H the Father Emir’s time, to result in a leap in rule of law that was valued and respected by the world after issuing the permanent constitution of the State.
Attorney General said the constitution distinguishes from the rest of the world’s constitutions by the total separation of the three authorities, legislative, executive and judicial. The constitution also gave judiciary its status to enable clarifying the overlapping between the three authorities, which is always an issue in all countries. He said the rules of Islamic laws were considered whilst drafting the permanent constitution as well as the latest Latin laws and legislations to separate the three authorities. Al Marri said Qatar was able to overcome the doubtful and gray area between the judicial and executive authorities and “truly separate between them”.
President of the Qatar International Court, Lord Phillips confirmed that the patronage of H H the Emir to the third Qatar Law Forum encourages in moving forward in the search of solutions to issues related to the rule of law and its enforcement. Lord Phillips said Qatar continues to play an important role in strengthening the rule of law not only in the region but also around the world. He confirmed the importance of law enforcement and implementation strengthening on all levels, especially that it will contribute to reducing many issues and problems in the region and around the world, led by the economic crises, terrorist threats, displacement and refugee issues which are growing rapidly and are in need of effective protection under the law.
US Middle East Peace Envoy Senator George Mitchell, former head of the Northern Ireland peace process said the Qatar Law Forum inaugurated in 2009, now has a big reputation because it encourages the efforts exerted to exchange ideas and examine ways to protect the rule of law and achieve peace, justice and strong institutions.
Mitchell added that rule of law can play an important role in the current crises and turbulent events witnessed in the region. He said through law enforcement, people can reconcile among themselves and overcome crises and conflicts, especially as this reflects the understanding that everyone is subject to the rule of law, committed to its implementation and work under it. On the existence of peace, justice and strong institutions which were the topics discussed in the forum, Mitchell said they comply with the principles of respecting the rule of law, where these principles are particularly important because they bring all parties together around the negotiating table. He added that if all the countries committed to applying the rule of law, it will be a stepping stone to settle any existing conflict.