The College of Law and Public Policy (CLPP) at Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU) will be hosting a colloquium and a panel discussion this week to examine the domestic and legal implications of the order on provisional measures adopted by the International Court of Justice (ICJ). The colloquium will address the recent case initiated by Qatar against the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Professor Susan Karamanian
Professor Susan Karamanian

HBKU President Dr Ahmad M Hasnah will attend the colloquium and the panel discussion will be chaired by CLPP Dean Susan L Karamanian. Also joining the discussion are: Steven R Ratner, Bruno Simma Collegiate Professor of Law at the University of Michigan Law School; Mehran Kamrava, Professor and Director of the Center for International and Regional Studies at Georgetown University-Qatar; and Eleni Polymenopoulou, Assistant Professor at CLPP. The discussions will explore the outcomes of the ICJ order.

CLPP aims to facilitate debate on the efforts of the State of Qatar to protect the rights of its citizens through the panel.

Dean Susan Karamanian said that the CLPP is honoured to host a prestigious panel of experts, who will explore the international legal dimensions of the ICJ Order and its significance as to the future of Qatar-UAE relations.

Assistant Professor Eleni Polymenopoulou said discussions that explore the current geopolitical climate through a legal prism as well as its ramifications and implications are now more pertinent than ever.

Our collaboration with both local and international academic institutions enables us to gain crucial local and global perspectives on the implications of the UAE’s boycott and the impact it has had on Qatari citizens who were living and studying in the country. The college is privileged to be able to present and benefit from the wealth of expertise of all of its participants at the panel.’

In June 2018, under the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (CERD), Qatar requested the ICJ to put in place measures to protect Qatari citizens expelled from UAE after its blockade against Qatar.

Following Qatar’s submission, the ICJ reached a provisional order in July which found the UAE to be in violation of CERD and outlined requirements to uphold the rights of Qatari citizens who have been forced to leave the UAE.

The panel discussion is open to the public and will be held at the Minaretein Building (formerly the College of Islamic Studies Building) in Education City this Wednesday, 10 October 2018, from 4 pm to 6 pm.

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