As part of a series of seminars organized by Qatar University’s (QU) College of Law (LAWC) and the Diplomatic Institute on Qatari legislation, the fourth symposium titled “Political Asylum Law” took place on October 28, 2018 at the Diplomatic Club.
The scientific seminar brings together professionals in the field of law, such as judges, officers, and researchers in order to promote discussion and exchange ideas around the topic.
Dr. Abdulaziz bin Mohamed Al-Horr, Director of the Diplomatic Institute, initiated the seminar with a welcoming speech in which he said, “This seminar was organized to talk political asylum in partnership with the College of Law at QU and shed light on this contemporary issue following His Highness the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani’s announcement on the Political Asylum Law. This law is an affirmation of Qatar’s humanitarian role in protecting those who seek refuge in other countries. It is consistent with international laws and human and Islamic values.”
HH Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani approved the No 11 law in 2018 to regulate political asylum to Doha, by first establishing a committee formed by the Ministry of Interior and other relevant authorities entrusted with the task. The implementation of this law is considered vital for the recognition of human rights values and the achievement of social justice for all members of society, including citizens, residents and asylum-seekers, and also for the development of society. For this reason, LAWC pays special attention to the role of law in the protection of human rights and is determined to harness its human and academic potential, in order to spread awareness and enhance educational platforms, to achieve the responsibilities entrusted to the college. LAWC is keen to enhance the prestige and status of legal education in the State of Qatar.
Speakers at the forum include three from QU’s Faculty of Law, Dr. Sonia Malik, Professor of Law; Dr. Yasser Khalaylah, Professor of the General International Law; and Dr Mohannad Noah, Professor of General Law, all of whom emphasized the constitutional basis of political asylum.
Assmaa al-Qubaisi from the Research and Studies Department at the Diplomatic Institute, also a speaker at the forum, spoke about the comprehensive definition of political asylum, a brief history of asylum law and the most notable international conventions signed on the subject of political asylum.
The event concluded with an open discussion with attendees, in the presence of jurists and researchers from various sectors of the state and the private sector, as well as a delegation of students from LAWC. The significance of this series of legislative symposiums is that it highlights the new aspects of Qatari legislation and how they negatively or positively affect the economy of the state.