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Reflections on Democracy and the Constitution of Qatar

Reflections on Democracy and the Constitution of Qatar
December 14 2020 06:30 PM
- December 14 2020 07:30 PM




In celebration of Qatar National Day, the College of Law at Hamad Bin Khalifa University presents an online colloquium reflecting on democracy and the constitution of Qatar.  

The Amir’s recent announcement that Qatar will hold elections for its Shura Council (Advisory Council), Qatar’s legislative body, is consistent with the promise of democracy set out in the constitution. 

In this colloquium, speakers will share their insights and observations on the constitution and democracy in Qatar, with a focus on the anticipated elections.


  • Susan L. Karamanian, Dean, College of Law, HBKU


  • Ms. Aisha Al-Naama, Lecturer, College of Law, HBKU


  • Dr. Hassan Al-Sayed, Professor of Law, Qatar University (QU) College of Law, and Judge, Qatar International Court and Dispute Resolution Centre
    Dr. Hassan Al-Sayed was the previous Dean of QU Law and a leading scholar of constitutional law in Qatar. The winner of the State Incentive Award in Law 2012, he is the author of “Waqfat Doustouriyya” (Constitutional Views) and “Introduction to the Study of Qatari Constitutional Law”.  As Dean of the College of Law, Dr. Al-Sayed played an important role in building the College after the separation from the College of Sharia (Islamic Studies) and developing a new independent legal curriculum, which incorporated English language. He has been appointed to numerous committees, including the International Centre for Dialogue between Religions and the Bar Admission Committee. He holds his Ph.D. from the University of East Anglia.  
  • Richard Albert, William Stamps Farish Professor in Law, Professor of Government and Director of Constitutional Studies, The University of Texas at Austin
    Richard Albert has published over twenty books on the study of constitutionalism, including “Constitutional Amendments: Making, Breaking, and Changing Constitutions” (Oxford University Press 2019). A graduate of Yale, Oxford, and Harvard, he is a former law clerk to the Chief Justice of Canada.
  • Dr. Barry Solaiman, Assistant Professor, College of Law, HBKU

This event will be held in English and Arabic, with simultaneous interpretation transmitted through the Olyusei application.

To download and set up the interpretation service, please follow the below steps:

  1. Download the Olyusei application from the App Store on your smartphone
  2. Enter the event code: HBKU
  3. Enter the pin code: 2020
  4. Press play on the channel that you wish to listen to. 
  5. If necessary, press play again 


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