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QU’s Law Clinic launches a project which will shed light on the legal implications of the Coronavirus crisis | Qatar University

QU’s Law Clinic launches a project which will shed light on the legal implications of the Coronavirus crisis


The Law Clinic at Qatar University (QU) College of Law launches a unique project in collaboration with 30 different clinics from 20 countries including, Spain, India, United States, South Africa, Croatia, Nigeria, Morocco, Australia, New Zealand, Jordan, United Kingdom, Pakistan, Malawi, Oman, Kuwait, Tunisia, Canada, Romania, Turkey and Qatar.
The project aims to address the different legal implications of the Coronavirus crisis in different countries around the world. The project will be carried out during the fall semester 2020. The law clinic is planning on the 30th of November 2020 to host an online symposium to share information and discuss the legal implications of the crisis in each represented country. The Law Clinic will collect and analyze reports from the 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 stated that: “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 programs to share information and exchange ideas. We constantly contribute to the United Nations Academic Impact program and the United Nations Education 4 Justice program. 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”.
Dr. Khalid Al-Shamari continued “Our students at the Law Clinic will present with pride and confidence the efforts made by the State of Qatar to confront the public health crisis of our time”.
Dr. Al-Shamari added “I welcome the participation of other colleges of Law in our clinical model of legal education and I look forward to read the findings of the November 30th 2020 E-symposium and the final report that we will publish and that will contain comparative models of legislative responses and policies from around the world”.