Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU) College of Law and Public Policy (CLPP) in collaboration with Northwestern University in Qatar (NU-Q) successfully organised a colloquium on the relationship and impact of social media on the legal system.

The discussion, led by a panel of experts in the field, was crucial to ensuring the promotion of positive thought leadership in Qatar. The event is in keeping with HBKU’s commitment as a leading global university to initiate and enrich the quality of discourse and meaningful dialogue among members of relevant community in the country.

Important questions were raised during the colloquium on emergent social media tools, their uses, and consequent implications on the various legal systems, with special focus on the GCC region. It introduced the attendees to the challenges faced by policymakers in dealing with the dramatic increase in social media engagement, driven by the rapid adoption of new technologies and devices.

CLPP Founding Dean Professor Clinton Francis said ‘the legal profession is constantly evolving’ to respond to dynamic changes taking place in society.

At the College of Law and Public Policy, we pursue a holistic approach towards understanding and accounting for the various factors that influence the establishment of legal policy and practices. The social media colloquium exemplified this with a panel of experts who shared their perspectives on what is a contentious social and legal topic.’

The panel of experts who presented their professional opinions and views on the subject during the colloquium include NU-Q Associate Professors Amy Kristin Sanders and Banu Akdenizil; Director of Policy at QFC Regulatory Authority Shaun Swan; and Associate at Dentons – Doha Peter Motti.

The panel tackled the concepts of self-regulation and government control of social media, while highlighting the importance of considering issues ranging from privacy to data and consumer protection. A special emphasis was also placed on addressing the challenges presented by big data when formulating relevant laws and statutes.

For more details on HBKU College of Law and Public Policy, visit their website at hbku.edu.qa.