A delegation from Qatar University College of Law (QU LAWC) participated in the recent World Bank Conference on Law, Justice and Development held in Washington DC on November 17-22.
The delegation comprising LAWC faculty Dr Yaser Khalaileh, Dr Francis Botchway and Ms Reem Al-Ansari (currently interning with Bank) joined participants from leading institutions from around the word, and presented a paper on Extractive Industries and Revenue Streams in Africa.
Dr Botchway presented extensive statistics on resource growth and revenue in the natural resource industry in the region, revealing that, about 25% of all oil and gas discovery, excluding shale gas, in the last twenty years occurred in Africa, which has the potential to exert pressure on world prices for oil and gas which could have impact on Qatar and international oil and gas trade.
Commenting on the conference, Ms Al-Ansari, said, “As a lecturer of law at the College and an intern with the World Bank, participating in this important conference was another invaluable opportunity for me to build further knowledge and experience in areas of law that look to justice and development processes in countries around the world.”
Last year, Qatar University became the founding intellectual partner of the newly-established World Bank Global Forum for Law, Justice and Development (GFLJD), placing the university as the first Arab academic institution to join the Forum. Dr Khalaileh acts as QU representative to the Global Forum and the administrative focal point with responsibilities for implementing at QU the activities outlined in the Declaration and Statement of Commitment that was signed by partners during the GFLJD legal week held in December last year.
LAWC Dean, said, “The College continues in its endeavor to advance partnership with prestigious forums such as the GFLJD to have first-hand experience of global developments in justice and development. Our esteemed team has represented Qatar University across continents and various disciplines and have combined their efforts and expertise to generate results-oriented knowledge that will contribute to the dialogue engendered by conferences such as these.”