LAWC launched a new course titled Special Topics for Fall 2017, as part of its plan to organize a number of research activities, academic events, and specialized seminars that address the recent blockade imposed by Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and UAE on the State of Qatar.

The new course, which is expected to attract junior and senior law students, aims to address the legal dimensions of Qatar blockade from the perspective of international law. It also aims to engage law students in informative discussions and research to enhance their understanding of the current Gulf crisis.

Students who are registered in the course will be encouraged to write multidisciplinary academic research papers on one of the blockade-related issues. The best research papers will be collected in a booklet that will be distributed to the relevant departments in the Ministry of Interior, the Ministry of Economy and Commerce, and the National Human Rights Committee.

LAWC will also publish a special issue of the International Review of Law journal, in which various topics related to the Gulf crisis are addressed.

LAWC Dean Dr Mohamed Abdulaziz Al-Khulaifi said: Discussions initiated on the basis of research and scientific evidences are the key of any successful educational process. LAWC is keen to enhance and adopt such approach to graduate qualified young students who are capable of serving the Qatari community at their best.

LAWC Professor of Special Topics and International Law Dr Yaser Khalaileh said: The Special Topics course articulates the existing situation in which Qatar is blocked by Saudi Bloc as well as its consequences. This new course intends to objectively address the Gulf crisis from different law perspectives such as international law, maritime navigation law, Gulf Cooperation Council law, diplomacy and international dispute resolution, international human rights law, the general theory of international organizations and the World Trade Organization, and many others.