March 11, 2017

DIFI Concludes Second Annual Family Policy Forum

The Doha International Family Institute (DIFI) has concluded its second annual Family Policy Forum, entitled ‘Ten Years Since the Issuance of Family Law in Qatar: Experiences and Aspirations’.
The Forum, which took place in Doha from March 1 – 2, was held in partnership with the Legal and Judicial Studies Center of the Ministry of Justice; the Faculty of Law at Qatar University; the Qatar Lawyers Association; and Qatar Social.

Through the Forum, DIFI succeeded in bringing together a broad spectrum of judges, lawyers, and legal experts to discuss various topics, including: The historical, social and legislative context for the issuance of family law in Qatar and its role in supporting family policies; Family law: Substantive and procedural provisions between legislation and societal reality; The perspective of lawyers on family law and its applications in the courts; Cases of reconciliation in family disputes and the role of civil society; and judicial protection of the family: Applications from the Qatari courts.
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Ms. Noor Al Malki Al-Jehani, Executive Director of DIFI, thanked the participants for their valuable contributions, giving special thanks to the organizing partners: “I would like to extend our appreciation to our partners who share our commitment to strengthen and protect the family and promote the wellbeing of its members.”

Following two days of presentations and discussions on some of the most pressing challenges faced in the application of family law, a list of recommendations from participants were issued and distributed. They include a call to allocate a separate building for family courts; to issue a family procedural code; to review the family law no. 22 of 2006 and all-relevant legislations; to establish a special alimony fund and to elaborate a system for legal aid in family disputes.

DIFI, a member of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF), seeks to support research and policy studies which aim to protect the Arab family.