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Robert Musgrove, CEO of Qatar International Court and Dispute Resolution Centre (QICDRC) with Professor Martin Partington and Chloe Smythe, authors of the report on the development of professional legal and judicial education in Qatar, at a press conference at QICDRC headquarters yesterday. (Syed Omar)
By Fazeena Saleem
Doha: The creation of an international institute has been recommended to enhance legal education as part of Qatar National Vision 2030.
The suggestion to set up an International Judicial and Legal Education Institute has been made by the Qatar International Court and Dispute Resolution Centre (QICDRC) in a report on the development of professional legal and judicial education in Qatar.
It said the new institute would draw upon recognised international benchmarks for judicial education.
It will be created by the Centre for Legal and Judicial Studies and work in partnership with leading national and international institutions to put in place a professional legal and judicial education system.
It will be tailor-made for the development of Qatari judges and lawyers to ensure they work to international standards.
“We wish to focus on developing international benchmarks in judging and lawyering. The new institute will provide an international platform for Qatari lawyers,” the QICDRC Chief Executive Officer, Robert Musgrove, told a press conference at their headquarters.
The institute will offer accredited programmes for trainee, junior and senior judges and lawyers and provide Qatari lawyers and judges with opportunities to study overseas.
It will aim to enhance Qatar’s curriculum for professional legal education and judicial training. Courses will also be offered to international lawyers practising in the country to enable them to better understand the local context.
The report by Professor Martin Partington and Chloe Smythe includes proposals based on opinions of national and international lawyers and judges in Qatar and global experts to combine local and international expertise to ensure Qatar’s lawyers and judges are equipped to serve the needs of an increasingly globalised legal market, within a local framework.
Partington said: “Our proposals are designed to enable Qatar to create a structure for judicial and professional legal education which draws upon best practice from around the world and fits the specific context which exists in Qatar and the Gulf region.”
He said a framework of options had been forwarded to policymakers to decide on their implementation.