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Introduction to Law (LAWC101 Obligatory Course)(Provided in Arabic Only)

Credit Hours: 3

This course deals with the following topics: Studying the theory of law where it focuses on studying the concept of the legal fundamental , divisions, sources, interpretation thereof, in addition to its scope of application and way of cancellation; studying the theory of right in terms of concept and types thereof; as well as natural and legal persons, object of right (funds) and further studying the principle of arbitrariness in using the right.

 

Human Rights ( LAWC 102 )(Provided in English Only)

3 Credit Hours

This course will provide an overview of the development and substance of international human rights law. It will cover the rights that are most commonly claimed by the individuals (civil, political, economic, social, culture, and group rights). It will explore domestic, regional and international endeavors to protect human rights, in addition to the role of individuals, human rights NGOs, regional and international organizations and the United Nations -in particular- in this regard.

 

Legal Writing I (LAWC 111)(provided in English Only)

3 Credit Hours

Legal Writing I (LAWC 111) introduces students to objective legal writing and common law reasoning and research. Students learn how to research, prepare, and submit a memorandum of law. More broadly, they learn how to reason like lawyers and legal writers.
Legal Writing I students write two related legal memoranda, one ‘closed’ (case and statutory law provided) and the other ‘open’ (case law discovered through research). In the process, and in exercises leading up to the memo assignments, students learn how to: (1) read and brief cases; (2) organize written legal analysis in the standard format; (3) read and write case citations; (4) do targeted legal research using the universal search engines in international law firms.
The Introduction to International Legal English Lab (IILE) supports Legal Writing I and equips law students with the ability to communicate using the advanced technical English language required for legal practice in English. Through training in legal English speaking, reading, writing, and listening, students will develop interpersonal, professional, and language skills important for their legal academic studies and for the practice of law.

 

Science of Crimes and Penalties (LAWC112 Elective Course)(provided in Arabic Only)

3 Credit Hours

This course deals with studying the criminal phenomenon starting from defining the concept of criminology and identifying its object which is pointing out the intent of the crime as well as the concept of a criminal in criminology; being the science that sheds light on the said phenomenon. The study includes showing the particular theories pertaining to the explanation of the criminal phenomenon and bringing to light the factors for committing a crime, which in turn helps attain the goal of putting an end to this phenomenon in society. Furthermore, it includes the social reaction towards the crime which requires identifying the punitive schools as well as philosophies that were raised regarding the justification to criminal sanctions in general, in addition to identifying types thereof, and problems related to the application of those sanctions. Moreover, the study includes showing kinds of penal institutions, methods of penalties enforcement and treatment within the said institutions as well as the fundamental rights determined by law and guaranteed to the persons confined in such institutions. This study also determines the methods of care subsequent to the execution of punishment, in consideration of the latter under judicial supervision.

 

International Humanitarian Law (LAWC 113)(provided in English Only)

3 Credit Hours

This course will deal with the concept of international humanitarian law, its role in the protection of victims of wars and its relationship with the work of the ICRC. The main treaties are four Geneva Conventions of 1949 and their additional Protocols, as well as the Hague Conventions. The course will examine how international humanitarian law is implemented, as well as the availability and efficacy of remedies. This course is to be differentiated from other related topics such as the international law of human rights.

 

Public Finance and Taxation (LAWC202)(Provided in Arabic Only)

3 Credit Hours

This course discusses the essence of public finance, the financial role of the government and development thereof, in addition to the general budget in terms of its preparation, principles, rules, legal systems and types. It also deals in details with what is known as expenditures and public revenues. Besides, it explains the main sources of these revenues which are public properties, fees, taxes, public loans and new monetary emission. Furthermore, the course includes money, banks, fiscal policy, and clarifies types of monetary policy and instruments thereof, together with focusing on the fiscal policy in the State of Qatar, the financial laws therein and ways of how Qatar addresses the global financial crisis.

 

Source of obligations (LAWC213)(Provided in Arabic Only)

3 Credit Hours

This course deals in general with:
First: Voluntary sources of obligation (1) Contract: Basic elements, conditions, flaws and effects thereof (contractual responsibility). (2) Unilateral will: Terms of commitment, provisions and applications thereof (promise of an award for the public). Second: Non-Voluntary sources (1) Tort (Omissive responsibility): basic elements, personal responsibility for the act, responsibility for the actions of others and responsibility for damage of things. (2) Beneficial act (Unjustified Enrichment): Terms, conditions and applications thereof (El-Fodala) undertaking by design a non-binding action deliberately for the favor of another person and recovery of payment made by mistake). Third: The law as a direct source to some obligations.

 

Effects of Obligations (LAWC 214 Obligatory Course)(Provided in Arabic Only)

3 Credit Hours

This course emphasizes on:
First: Effects of obligations: Natural and civil obligation, Obligatory implementation of the obligation (in kind and against a compensation) in addition to the ways of maintaining the public security. Second: Description of obligation: the condition, the term, variety of objects of obligation, alternative and elective obligations, positive and negative cooperation, positive and negative solidarity and the indivisible obligation. Third: Transfer of obligation: Transfer of right and transfer of debt. Fourth: Termination of obligation: By way of settlement, fulfillment with subrogation equivalent to the latter and elapse of the time of obligation without fulfillment thereof.

 

Business Law (LAWC 215)(Provided in English Only)

3 Credit Hours

This course is intended to provide a general introduction to the legal environment that affects individuals, businesses, and business transactions. In addition to providing a general introduction to the Qatari legal system, this course will concentrate on specific legal topics such as companies, intellectual property rights, companies and contracts. Although the focus will be on the Qatari law, other countries’ laws (in particular that of the United States of America) will be referred to throughout the study.

 

Commercial Law (LAWC 217)(Provided in English Only)

3 Credit Hours

This course will focus on the principles of commercial law in Qatar. It will particularly review the concept of commercial activities and distinguish it from the concept of civil activities. In addition, it will emphasize on the trader (individual or corporation) as a party in the commercial transactions. Moreover, the course will highlight major issues discussed in the Qatari Law of Commerce (27/2006) such as the types of commercial contracts, the commercial concern, and bankruptcy.

 

Constitutional Law (LAWC222)(Provided in Arabic Only)

3 Credit Hours

This course deals with the constitutional law, main laws, constitutional customs, then addresses the formal characteristics of the Qatari constitution determining the kind of the latter and method of its development. It further focuses on defining some of the objective characteristics of the Qatari constitution by studying the establishment of the State, sovereignty and form thereof, type of government prevailing, in addition, the course deals helps students understand the elective and legal system, as well as the economic philosophy that the government adopts, and the fundamental features of rights, public freedoms in the State of Qatar.

 

Legal Writing II (LAWC 223)(Provided in English Only)

3 Credit Hours

Legal Writing II (LAWC 223) is an advanced legal research and writing skills course. Building on the skills students learned in the Legal Writing I course, Legal Writing II prepares students to perform more complex legal research using case law, statutes, and secondary sources, and requires students to synthesize the applicable rules of law based on their research.
Legal Writing II focuses on effective persuasive legal writing, as opposed to the informative legal writing which was the focus of the Legal Writing I course. Over the course of the semester, students will research and write an appellate brief to a fictional Court of Appeals.
The Legal Writing II course is supported by the International Legal English Lab, which students take concurrently with Legal Writing II and which focuses on improving students’ Legal English vocabulary and usage.

 

Family Law (LAWC250)(Provided in Arabic Only)

3 Credit Hours

This “Obligatory” course includes an explanation of what has been mentioned in the first and second book of the family law number 22-2006; where the first includes articles (5) till (100) emphasizing on the terms and conditions of engagement, and marriage contract, types of marriage, the conditions associated with marriage contract as well as marital rights and effects of marriage. As for the second book, it includes articles from (101) to (188), where it focuses mostly on the principles of separation of the spouses, namely dissolution of marriage, divorce (for consideration payable by the wife), separation by way of courts besides to effects of this separation.

 

Advocacy Skills (LAWC 302)(Provided in English Only)

3 Credit Hours

Advocacy Skills (LAWC 302) focuses on training students to serve as advocates. Students continue to develop their ability to read and analyze the law, as well as their persuasive writing skills, by preparing an appellate brief/memorial. They will also refine their oral advocacy skills in preparation for a formal oral argument before a moot court. Top advocates in this course will be invited to compete in a championship round at the end of the semester and may also be invited to represent Qatar University in regional and/or international moot court competitions.
The Legal English Lab, which supports the Advocacy Skills course, aims to improve the student’s ability to communicate using the English language. It focuses on terminology, grammar, punctuation, and other related English language skills that underpin the Advocacy Skills course material.

 

 

Law of Civil Contract I (LAWC314 Obligatory Course)(Provided in Arabic Only)

3 Credit Hours

This course has been designed to help students know more about the fundamental elements of civil contracts (1) in the Qatari civil law which includes both lease and sale contracts. The course focuses as well on getting students acquire the essential knowledge regarding sale contracts and what relates thereto starting from concluding the contract, conditions of its validity, degree of required capacity for conclusion, to the legal effects incumbent upon the sale contract through discussing the buyer’s and seller’s obligations. Students are also familiarized in this course with the texts that govern lease contracts in general, shedding light on rules and regulations of leasing premises and buildings in Qatar where there comes an emphasis on concluding the lease contract, identifying the scope of applicability of tenancy regulations , the effects incumbent thereupon with focusing on the development of legislations the State has witnessed, in addition to reinforcing the student’s skill to resolve problems arising from the sale and lease contracts in practical reality. The course also provides via theoretical information, analysis of legal texts, and some modern issues related to the course’s subjects in a way that focuses on the student’s activity, and their participation and interaction in the educational process.

 

Labor Law (LAWC315 Obligatory Course)(Provided in Arabic Only)

3 Credit Hours

This course tackles the general principles and detailed provisions of the labor law in the light of Qatari legal system and the international agreements, through studying its foundation, evolution, variety of its sources and expansion of its scope. The individual labor contract comprises the core of the course and thus is one of its crucial topics. Accordingly, this course discusses the elements of individual labor contract in addition to its specified term, termination and effects related to rights and obligations arranged by the contract to be due upon both parties thereof. The course also deals with the organizational structure of the labor organizations and its role in defending the interests and rights of workers, taking into consideration the collective labor agreement in terms of parties, topics and effects thereof. Besides, the course encompasses collective work disputes along with amicable and unamicable settlements.

 

Law of Civil Procedure I (LAWC316 Obligatory Course)(Provided in Arabic Only)

3 Credit Hours

This advanced Obligatory course considers defining the Qatari judicial system, the configuration of the civil courts and rules of its jurisdiction. In addition, this course covers the rules and procedures which are required to be followed before the Qatari civil courts, all from the moment of filing the lawsuit, preparing the proceedings and pleas during the hearings until the pronunciation of the judicial ruling and arranging the appeal proceedings thereto.

 

LAWC321: Administrative Law(Provided in Arabic Only)

3 Credit Hours

This course tackles several topics: some of which are related to defining the administrative law and its independence thereof; others are related to determining the points that distinguish this law from other branches thereof, in addition to topics examining the subjects of administrative organization in the State in addition to the administrative control, public facilities, administrative decisions, administrative contracts and public funds.

 

Criminal Law I General Part (LAWC 323)(Provided in Arabic Only)

3 Credit Hours

This course handles the definition of crime showing the various divisions thereto and differentiating between the criminal offense, disciplinary offense and the civil wrong. It also includes studying the principle of legality of crimes and sanctions in terms of its definition and importance in reinforcing the idea of state of law. This course also clarifies the principles governing the application of the penal law in terms of place and those determining the validity of its rules in terms of time. The course covers as well studying the basic elements of a crime whether the physical elements and components thereof, or moral elements, divisions and types thereof. The study also deals with the rules of committing a crime, in addition to the penal contribution therein. Furthermore, this course helps students understand the grounds for excluding criminal responsibility, and reasons of permissibility prescribed by law. The course also demonstrates the concept of the criminal punishment and properties thereof, types of punishment whether principal, accessory or complementary, rules of custodial penalties/punitive detention and system of conditional release of the convicted by a punitive detention. Furthermore, the course deals with studying the judge’s power regarding the estimation of punishment in addition to the extenuating circumstances and the aggravating ones, taking into consideration reprieve of penalty along with the multiplicity of the crimes and its impact on the multiplicity of imposed sanctions. Moreover, the course addresses the different reasons for penalty abatement then reveals the cessation of the punishment’s impact through rehabilitation of the convicted.

 

Criminal Law II – Special Part (LAWC 324)(Provided in Arabic Only)

3 Credit Hours

The study of the special part of criminal law includes showing the main types of crimes according to the division stipulated in the original criminal law, which is limited to three parts; the first part is related to crimes considered as transgression to the public interest of the state e.g. bribe, encroach of public funds, such as embezzlement, seizure and defeneration; the second is related to crimes that fall under personal assault e.g. murder, assault and battery, crimes against dignity and honor, indecent assaults; and the third deals with crimes including assault on money or the right of ownership e.g. theft, fraud and breach of trust.

 

Commercial Papers and Banking Transactions (LAWC 329) (Provided in English Only)

3 Credit Hours

Law of Negotiable Instruments deals with: legal principles of commercial papers as negotiable instruments; their definition, characteristics and types as regulated by the Commercial Code of Qatar. Based on this the course will in particular cover the following topics: the definition of negotiable instruments, characteristics of negotiable instruments, ttypes of negotiable instruments are: bills of exchange, promissory notes and cheques. The course will also examine a number of important decisions that have been issued by the Court of Cassation in Qatar relating to negotiable instruments. This course will also focus on the legal framework of banking operations in Qatar. A commercial bank plays an important role in financially satisfying commercial transactions. However, the bank may not perform this role unless it is financed through other sources like deposits and creditable current accounts. In addition, this course will highlight the different types of banking operations and will particularly cover the following concepts in banking law: documentary credit, demand guarantees or letter of credit, current accounts, bank transfers, and deposits.

 

Intellectual Property (LAWC 335) (Provided in English Only)

3 Credit Hours

The course is designed to deal with national and international legal protection of intellectual property rights. It shall introduce students to the different types of intellectual property rights, namely: patents, trademarks, geographical indications, trade names, industrial designs, layout-designs of integrated circuits and copyright and neighboring (or related) rights. Although its focus is primarily on Qatari laws, references are frequently made to the international norms as found in the TRIPs agreement and other international conventions concerning intellectual property, such as the Paris Convention and the Berne Convention.

 

Public International Law (LAWC 339) (Provided in English Only)

3 Credit Hours

This Course is designed to enlighten students with the definition, sources, and branches of public international law, and the legal binding nature of its rules. It is also a course that will introduce to students the various aspects of the international law applications whether in peace or war, specifically the concept of state’s responsibility to fulfill its international legal obligations, and the available methods of disputes resolution or settlement.

 

International Trade Law (LAWC 345) (Provided in English Only)

3 Credit Hours

This course provides an examination of private international trade law. It examines the UNITED NATIONS CONVENTION ON CONTRACTS FOR THE INTERNATIONAL SALE OF GOODS (CISG). The course examines as well other subjects of private international trade law; special trade terms in export sales, bills of exchange, letters of credit, bank guarantees and other contract guarantees in general, financial leasing and other forms of merchant finance, carriage of goods by sea, insurance of goods in transit. In addition, it examines the selection of the optimal business format for international operations, including branch, subsidiary, joint venture, technology license and distributorship. The course discusses as well international commercial litigation, international commercial arbitration, enforcement of foreign judgments and arbitral awards.

 

Corporate Law (LAWC 348) (Provided in English Only)

3 Credit Hours

This course deals with the commercial company law in the State of Qatar in the light of Commercial Companies Law No. 5 of 2002 and its amendments. The course shall introduce the students to the concept of "company" as a contract and as a legal person. It shall then turn to detail the legal principles and rules that govern each type of companies. The course will also cover the rules of merger, take over and liquidation of all types of companies.

 

Administrative Judiciary (LAWC 351)(Provided in Arabic Only)

3 Credit Hours

The study of administrative judiciary is based on a group of principles that aims at reinforcing the principle of legality (compliance of the administration to law) in addition to the legal ways that the legislator determines in order to protect this principle. Besides, this course discusses the sources of the latter, the equilibration of the legitimacy principle and in particular deals with balancing between the public interest and the individual rights under the exceptional conditions in addition to the essential differences between the types of control over the administration. Students are here meant to understand that the administrative judiciary control over the administration is deemed as the most effective control systems in comparison with each of the political control and the administrative or self-control. This course also comprises as aforementioned the legal ways that guarantee the protection of the legality principle, which are represented by the lawsuit of the cancellation of the illegal administrative decisions and compensation offered in case it incurred any damage or harm to third parties, execution of the administrative verdict issued regarding the cancellation of the administrative decision and compensation thereof, the compensation claim against the administrative acts which are harmful to individuals; being a case independent of the cancellation case in addition to topics that are unrelated to the administrative decisions such as compensation of the material works of the administration.

 

Real and Personal Securities (LAWC 353)(Elective Course) (Provided in Arabic Only)

3 Credit Hours

This course deals with familiarizing the students with the legal ways of guaranteeing debts protecting creditors and preferring them to normal creditors, all through acquainting the student with two main types of securities by determining the detailed provisions for each according to the Qatari civil law: (1) Expanding the concept of real securities by stating the kinds of securities such as possessory lien , formal mortgage, right of privilege and franchising; (2) Expanding the concept of personal securities by stating the provisions of the personal sponsorship.

 

Law of Public Service(LAWC 354)(Provided in English Only)

3 Credit Hours

This course discusses the concept of public service and the conditions that entitle a person to be considered as a public employee and that distinguishes him from the actual employee. This course deals as well with the nature of the public employee’s relation with the general administration, the conditions and terms of undertaking the public service, in addition to the best ways of electing the most appropriate candidates for the public service. Here is further dealt with the rights and obligations of the public employee towards the administration and employees of public facilities. The course examines too the ways of the end of the functional relation between the administration and the public employee, and addresses the previous topics in the light of the Qatari law of human resources number 8 for the year 2009 in addition to the other functional laws.

 

Externship (LAWC 409)(Provided in English Only)

3 Credit Hours

Qatar University College of Law’s goal is to prepare students to practice law, and as part of achieving this goal we believe that experiential learning, i.e., learning by doing, is extremely important. We believe that certain skills requisite for extraordinary legal professionals can only be learned outside of the classroom. Qatar University externships expose students to different models of legal skills related to specific areas of law, allow students to acquire greater insight into the process of lawyering, permit students to develop a sense of professional development, and provide students with an opportunity to reflect on and learn from experiences in a supportive yet real-world environment.
Qatar University’s Externship Program offers students course credit for direct legal experience with practicing lawyers, judges or legal professionals in a supervised setting. Each externship course also includes a classroom component designed to assist the students in processing the information they gather during their work experiences and in developing their professional identity. Externship courses expose students to real-world legal assignments, with a level of responsibility not typically available to students. The educational value of this program is enriched by the combined instruction and supervision of law school faculty, adjunct instructors and supervising attorneys.
Participation in this program differs from paid legal work available to students, both in the level of supervision provided, and in the provision of classroom instruction in conjunction with the professional placement. Law school faculty members monitor the quality of the externship experience and ensure that the externships are integrated with the other parts of the law school curriculum.

 

Real Rights (LAWC 411 Obligatory Course) (Provided in Arabic Only)

3 Credit Hours

This course tackles the important branch of the financial rights which students have examined its primary principles in a previous course, and after they have already studied the terms of obligations. This course considers deeply the said rights especially the right of ownership where it is being taught in terms of its concept, scope and denotations set on property whether the legal or the consensual ones, in addition to the legal ways aiming at protecting that right, after which students are familiarized with the types of property, methods of acquisition as well as ways of termination thereof, then the course helps them come across differentiating between movables and immovables, so the student recognizes the commercial register and the governing rules thereof, and also gets to know the real rights that branch out of the right of ownership such as rights of easement and usufruct, all according to Qatari regulations.

 

Private International Law (LAWC 413 Obligatory Course) (Provided in Arabic Only)

3 Credit Hours

This courses deals with what follows: (1) The general theory of dispute/conflict rule in terms of its concept, sources and properties, in addition to the general ideas about conflict of law such as the concept of the public system, fraud in law and the extent of observance of the conflict of laws to the judge .The course also tackles how the Qatari laws address the problem of the conflict of law in terms of persons, funds and international contracts. It also considers studying the rules of the international jurisdictional rules where it takes up the general principles pertaining to the international judicial organization and the Qatari jurisprudence for the issue of international judicial jurisprudence dispute/conflict; (2) The general theory regarding nationality and the legal status of foreigner in terms of defining nationality, its types, withdrawal of the same and denaturalization, as a general theory in addition to the Qatari application thereof. The course also deals with the legal position of foreigners in terms of its governing principles and the Qatari application thereof as well.

 

law of Civil Contract II (LAWC 414 Elective Course) (Provided in Arabic Only)

3 Credit Hours

This course is meant to provide students with the basics of the civil contracts II in the Qatari civil law, which comprise the insurance policy and contractual agreement. The course helps students grasp basic knowledge regarding contractual agreements and what relates thereto, taking into consideration defining the agreement and differentiating it from other agreements, in addition to stating the ways of concluding the same, its validity conditions, the degree of capacity required for conclusion and the legal effects entailing such agreement through studying the contractor’s obligations, the decennial liability insurance provisions as well the obligations of the employer. The course moreover aims at familiarizing the student with the texts that govern the insurance policy in general, through studying the way of concluding the same, in addition to the effects that entail it, stating the different types of insurance and focusing on the various activities carried out by the companies in Qatar. The course also seeks to provide the student with the skill to resolve the cases raised by the contractual agreement and insurance policy within the practical reality.
All through theoretical information, analyses of legal texts and some contemporary issues related to the topics of the course, the latter intends to focus on the students’ vigor and capabilities and instill their participation and interaction in the educational process.

 

Law of Criminal Procedure (LAWC 422 Obligatory Course) (Provided in Arabic Only)

3 Credit Hours

The course deals with studying the criminal proceedings arising from the crime in terms of its parties thereto (public prosecution and indictee) in addition to reviving action, the limitations on the authority of the public prosecution regarding setting the action in motion, the various reasons for the abatement of the criminal case. The course also involves studying the criminal procedure in terms of the stages thereof, represented by the primary investigations, the trial stage and the evidentiary fact-finding that precedes the first two stage; where the studying of the latter includes displaying the powers of law enforcement officers during collecting facts and being caught in flagrante delicto. The course also considers the basic principles of the primary investigations in terms of the competent authority thereof, its different procedures and then the disposal of the same. During trial, the study addresses demonstrating the formation of the criminal courts of different types, the jurisdiction of the criminal justice and the exceptions that follow. Moreover, the study deals with the general principles in the criminal evidence and methods of proof in criminal matters. Finally, it examines such principles that govern trial proceedings.

 

Oil and Gas Law (LAWC433) (Provided in English Only)

3 Credit Hours

This course reviews oil and gas contracts used in exploration, production, sale and operations and maintenance of oil and gas projects both in Qatar and internationally. It focuses on the current available legal instruments used in the oil and gas industry, including key terms of the proforma contracts used by Qatar Petroleum and its affiliates and subsidiaries within the State of Qatar. Included in the coverage are – briefly – concession contracts, and – in detail – joint venture agreements, exploitation, development and production sharing agreements, service contracts for operation and maintenance, key terms of sale agreements in oil and gas and the objectives and key terms of confidentiality agreements or confidentiality clauses in oil and gas related contracts. The instructor should discuss with students other oil related agreements, corporate and legal structure of various types of upstream, midstream and downstream oil projects in order to clarify those special features. Related conventions and international organizations such as OPEC, OAPEC and OECD can be covered. If time permits, the instructor may include operating agreements, facility sharing agreements and various types of time charter party agreements for transportation of LNG and other by-products by Sea to customers worldwide. The course emphasizes both fundamental principles and current issues in the petroleum industry and it touches upon topical clauses.
Prerequisites and Teaching Convention:
The current prerequisite is LAWC 101 (Introduction to Law). However, you are expected to have solid foundation on the concept of company as a contract, and required to use advanced commercial law terminologies such as the difference between business types and what each type entails etc. Therefore, it is recommended that you first finish LAWC348 (Corporate Law).
You are required to conduct research and write papers (instead of a midterm exam) in LAWC 433. Therefore, it is also recommended that you first finish LAWC 223 (Legal Research & Writing II).
Textbook:
International Petroleum Transactions (20110) by Smith, Dzienkowski, Anderson, Lowe, Kramer, Weaver.

 

International Criminal Law (LAWC 443) (Provided in English Only)

3 Credit Hours

This course is nowadays at the forefront of attention for any legal response by the international community to individual criminal responsibility for criminal acts in contravention of international law. Principles of law that deal with issues such as jurisdiction to prosecute, rendition of fugitive offenders, effects of the crime, witnesses and evidence are all of a vital importance. The types of offences of major concern transnational are: war crimes, crimes against humanity, genocide, torture, and terrorism. Thus ICL, as a general term, comprises a number of distinctive legal institutions as well as a substantial body of primary and secondary rules, namely: crimes defined by international law, criminal procedures before internationally constituted courts and tribunals, jurisdictional rules for cooperation between national and international criminal courts and national prosecution of international and transnational crimes.

 

Environment Laws & Regulations (LAWC 449) (Provided in English Only)

3 Credit Hours

This course examines international environmental law including its application to Qatar, and evaluates how Qatari national law operates to protect the environment. Primarily the course identifies the sources of international environmental law and introduces some of its most important concepts, current issues, and principles. After analyzing theoretical and ethical bases of international environmental law and principles, and understanding its application to Qatar, students are prepared for industry by examining in detail Qatari environmental legislation and regulations and how they apply and are enforced in practice.

 

Law of Civil Procedure II (LAWC450 Obligatory Course) (Provided in Arabic Only)

3 Credit Hours

This course is considered as a complement to the law of civil procedure I which deals with rules of proof and forced execution. The general theory pertaining to proof in commercial and civil articles (articles from 211 till 361 of the Qatari law of civil and commercial procedure number 13 for the year 1990 and amendments thereof) includes each of the substantive and procedural rules of the different methods of proof which are written evidence, testimony, administering oath, confession, body of evidence/indications, expertise and checking up. As for the rules of the forced execution (articles from 362 to 518 of the Qatari law of civil and commercial procedure number 13 for the year 1990 and amendments thereof), they discuss the provisions and applications of such execution of court judgments, arbitration, commercial papers and other executive bonds before executive authorities.

 

Alternative Dispute Resolution (LAWC 451) (Provided in English Only)

3 Credit Hours

Negotiation and mediation course provides an opportunity to experiment with a variety of negotiation and mediation styles. -To encourage students to try out the techniques discussed in class, the quality and effort of the student’s preparation and participation in the negotiation & mediation, and the insightfulness of their analysis, will be the primary emphasis. Students will learn how to think, analysis, and evaluate like a negotiators. In addition, they will be able to develop communication and conflict resolution skills as mediators. This course will also provide a verity of cases in negotiation and mediation. During the class, students will work through a series of negotiation and mediation exercises which will be evaluated by the co-instructor.

 

Drafting Business Contracts (LAWC459) (Provided in English Only)

3 Credit Hours

This course covers skills of drafting different types of business contracts. It will concentrate on six main areas: translating the business deal into contract concepts, drafting parts of a contract, drafting clearly and unambiguously, drafting from the client's perspective, putting a contract together, and drafting ethically. The course should host experts to share their perspectives and experiences drafting contracts for their clients.
The key objectives of this course are:
(i) to understand the key elements of a contract;

(ii) to recognise and be able to use the 7 legal tools of contract drafting; and

(iii) to be able to draft contractual clauses clearly and unambiguously.

Prerequisites and Teaching Convention:
This course will host experts to share their perspectives and experiences in drafting contracts for their clients.
The current prerequisite is LAWC213 (Sources of Obligation). However, it is recommended that you first finish LAWC 348 (Corporate Law).
You are expected to possess good knowledge of contract and business law terminologies in addition to good English language – the course heavily involves analytical writing. You will be required to deal with extensive writing exercises in legal English language. Therefore, it is also recommended that students first finish LAWC 223 (Legal Research & Writing II).
Textbook:
Drafting Contacts: How and Why Lawyers Do What They Do (Aspen, 2007) by Tina L. Stark

 

International Investment Law (LAWC464) (Provided in English Only)

3 Credit Hours

International investment law addresses the regulation of the behavior of sovereign States towards foreign investors. The law on investment is known as an intersection between the domestic legal and the international regimes. Thus, this course examines the substantive law governing domestic laws on investment, and international laws and norms relating to foreign investment.
Prerequisites and Teaching Convention:
The current prerequisite is LAWC217 (Commercial Law). However, because you are required to use advanced commercial law terminologies such as the difference between business types and what each type entails etc., it is recommended that you first finish LAWC348 (Corporate Law).
You are required to conduct research and write papers (instead of a midterm exam) in LAWC464. Therefore, it is also recommended that you first finish LAWC223 (Legal Research & Writing II).
Textbook:
The International Law on Foreign Investment (2010) by M. Sornarajah
And
Principles of International Investment Law (2012) by R. Dolzer and C. Schreuer

 

Gulf Cooperation Council Law (LAWC484) (Provided in English Only)

3 Credit Hours

International & Regional Organizations course gives an introduction to the history, development, role, and an overview on the most influential organizations, accompanied by a section on international courts and an outlook for future developments. The course will describe the following set of information of the most important international and regional organizations: General purpose and subject, Member states, Tasks, Development, Political influence and Outlook. The course will highlight the Gulf cooperation Council, its structure, role and its achievement since 1981.