The Law Clinic at Qatar University (QU) College of Law has launched a unique project in collaboration with 30 different clinics from 20 countries.
These countries are Spain, India, the US, South Africa, Croatia, Nigeria, Morocco, Australia, New Zealand, Jordan, the UK, Pakistan, Malawi, Oman, Kuwait, Tunisia, Canada, Romania, Turkey and Qatar.
The project, which aims to address different legal implications of the Covid-19 crisis in different countries around the world, will be carried out during the fall semester 2020.
The Law Clinic is planning to host an online symposium on November 30, to share information and discuss the legal implications of the crisis in each represented country. It will collect and analyse reports from different clinics and will publish a final report on this very exciting and promising project.
The Law Clinic will be focusing mainly on eight topics: International Liability for Transmission and Proliferation of Viruses and Pandemics, Observance of Rules of International Human Rights Law in Addressing the Coronavirus Crisis, The Impact of the Coronavirus on Contractual Obligations: Force Majeure and Hardship, Modifications of Employment Contracts to Address the Coronavirus, Criminal Liability for Transmission of Contagious Diseases and Epidemics, Economic Consequences of the Coronavirus: Debt reconstruction and Bankruptcy of Companies, The State’s Administrative Authority in Restriction of Freedom for the Protection of Public Security, Public Health and Public Tranquility and Social Responsibility and the Culture of Voluntarism: A Role for Civil Society and the Private Sector.
Dr Khalid Saleh al-Shamari, associate dean for Academic Affairs said: “We believe at our College of Law in the international legal education model of learning where we engage students from around the world in our programmes to share information and exchange ideas. We constantly contribute to the United Nations Academic Impact programme and the United Nations Education 4 Justice programme. This semester through our Law Clinic, where we are addressing a global problem that requires global solutions, we will be addressing the legal implications of the coronavirus crisis in collaboration with different Law Clinics in different universities around the world”.
“Our students at the Law Clinic will present with pride and confidence the efforts made by Qatar to confront the public health crisis of our time,” Dr al-Shamari added.