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QU law students and faculty participate in HBKU’s ‘Maker-Majlis: Islam in a Global World’ event | Qatar University

QU law students and faculty participate in HBKU’s ‘Maker-Majlis: Islam in a Global World’ event

2019-10-23
Two QU law students, Shamma Khalid Al Hajri and Munira Jabir Al-Marri, presented research regarding SDG 16 (Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions)

Students and faculty from Qatar University (QU) College of Law’s (LAWC) Legal Skills Department emphasized the importance of law student engagement to advance the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 5 & 16 during Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU) College of Islamic Studies’ “Maker-Majlis: Islam in a Global World” event. During the four-day event, more than 1,100 local school students and 500 visitors participated in a range of activities designed to raise awareness of the SDGs and their relevance for the Islamic world and Qatar’s strategic objectives.

More than 25 QU law students volunteered during the event while two QU law students, Shamma Khalid Al Hajri and Munira Jabir Al-Marri, presented research regarding SDG 16 (Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions) during TED Talk-style ‘Halaqa Talks.’

In addition, QU sponsored a research exhibit titled “Voices of Qatari Women in Law & International Diplomacy,” an oral history project conducted by Melissa Deehring, Clinical Assistant Professor of Law, with significant contributions from Sara A. Al-Mohanadi, Teaching Assistant of Private Law, Sharouq S. Bawazir, Law Student Research Assistant, and additional student members from QU LAWC’s Human Rights Club.

The exhibition memorializes the stories of female pioneers in law, development, international law, and diplomacy in Qatar while inspiring youth by introducing them to new role models, and encouraging advancement of Global Goals 5 & 16 and the Women, Peace and Security Agenda. The research stems from NPRP9-341-5-047 “Legal Education & the Skills Market in Qatar” and the exhibit is presently touring Qatar with upcoming showings at THIMIUN Qatar’s “Qatar Leadership Conference,” the “XIX World Congress of Criminology” and the “Doha Learning Days,” part of the WISE Summit.

LAWC’s Associate Dean for Research & Graduate Studies, Dr. Muna Mustafa Al-Marzouqi commented saying, “The participation of the LAWC students and faculty research at the Maker Majlis event is a significant step towards ensuring our law students and graduates actively contribute and advance the role of law and the legal profession in our society. We are very happy for this collaboration.”

HBKU’s Dr. M. Evren Tok, Assistant Dean of Innovation and Community Development and Associate Professor of Islam and Global Affairs, said, “Collaboration between QU College of Law and HBKU College of Islamic Studies Islam and Global Affairs Program has been yielding fruitful results. Maker Majlis showcased how common interests, such as Sustainable Development Goals, act as a fertile ground to conduct interdisciplinary dialogue. Students from both entities produced collaborative teaching products, produced exhibitions and engaged in collective capacity building and proved ample evidence the very needed collaborative mindset fostered by Qatar’s educational leadership.”

Dr. Deehring, a current UNODC Education for Justice (E4J) Ethics Champion said, “We are delighted to collaborate with HBKU CIS to advance the SDGs, particularly SDGs 5 & 16 in Qatar. Our College continuously emphasizes the importance of law student engagement with the public and the significance of Qatar’s legal community leading on important social issues such combatting corruption and human rights abuses. But, it remains experiential learning opportunities like this, during which law students get direct experience researching, teaching, and engaging with others, that make the law students understand what ethics, integrity, justice, equality, and leadership in law really stand for and why the concepts are so important.”

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