The Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Diplomatic Institute organised a seminar on the developments of cases, initiated by Qatar, currently at the International Court of Justice (ICJ).
Dean of the College of Law Dr Mohamed bin Abdulaziz al-Khulaifi, who is also the Agent of Qatar in the ICJ, gave a lecture to inform the ministry’s officials of the latest developments of Qatar’s legal cases against a number of blockading countries.
Al-Khulaifi discussed the claims of the media of the blockading countries, who said that Qatar has lost its case against the UAE.
He stressed that they are confident of the evidence they provided and optimistic that they will get a decision in December from the committee of racial discrimination that will support the case of Qatar. Al-Khulaifi noted that the cases Qatar presents, are the first of their kind in international law. He also said the swift decision to resort to the court was out of Qatar’s concern for the humanitarian cases and the devastating impact it had on individuals. He noted that Qatar received in June 23 a unanimous verdict from the judges on humanitarian cases, while the complaint made by the UAE against Qatar was rejected.
He said that Qatar has taken 18 legal actions against the blockading countries, some at the Universal Postal Union, others are at the World Trade Organisation, as well as at the committee of racial discrimination, in addition to those in local courts such as the cases related to the manipulation of the Qatari Riyal.
Qatar’s agent in the ICJ expressed appreciation to the role of the state in supporting humanitarian rights, evident in establishing a damages committee that received a lot of complaints. He also highlighted the effort of the National Human Rights Committee who documented a lot of cases as part of the legal action.