HBKU college discusses the implementation of environmental laws in Arab countries

Academics and industry experts at the workshop organized by the Faculty of Law of Hamad Bin Khalifa University.

Doha: The Faculty of Law of Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU) continued its series of workshops on natural resources and sustainability law on February 23 with the launch of a new book written by Dr. Damilola S Olawuyi, SAN (QC), Faculty of Law Associate Professor and Associate Dean for Research.

Dr. Olawuyi’s book, Environmental Law in Arab States, was recently published by Oxford University Press. It examines the essential features and guiding principles of environmental legislation and regulation in the 22 countries of the Arab region.

A central aspect of the book is how Arab countries, many of which are rich in oil and gas, are advancing national development visions and sustainable development goals in relation to climate change and low-carbon futures. through clear and comprehensive legislation.

During the workshop, a panel of academics and industry experts focused on emerging developments in climate change regulation, green growth, blue and circular economy and a low-emission future. of carbon.

Professor Nadia B. Ahmad, Yale Law School (and Associate Professor, Barry University School of Law, USA); Dr. Robert C. Mogielnicki, Senior Resident Scholar at the Arab Gulf States Institute, Washington DC; as well as Dr. Samira Idllalène, Professor of Law, Cadi Ayyad University, Morocco, spoke about legislative frameworks, institutions and legal innovation in Islamic financing, infrastructure development and education from a comparative. The roundtable explored new legal frameworks to balance the exploitation of natural resources and environmental concerns in a way that promotes green growth.

Following the seminar, Dean Susan L. Karamanian of the Law School said, “Sustainability is a pressing issue for humanity, and the Arab region faces unique challenges, especially given its relative abundance. hydrocarbon resources and the scarcity of fresh water. Dr. Olawuyi’s most recent book, which builds on his work establishing a network of law professors and other scholars in the MENA region, examines the challenges posed by new legal norms and frameworks, particularly in terms of application. We were delighted that leading experts could share their insights on these topics in light of Dr. Olawuyi’s most recent scientific contribution.

The College of Law’s Natural Resources and Sustainability Law Workshop aims to generate practical, actionable legal knowledge in the areas of natural resources, energy and the environment in a way that reflects the contemporary relevance of the college’s work. Faculty.