21 November 2017
His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council, Ruler of Sharjah and President of University of Sharjah, witnessed the inauguration of the "Towards a Unified Law of Contracts under Provisions of the Arabic Judiciary System" Conference, which was held on Monday at the auditorium of the College of Medicine at the University of Sharjah.
The three-day conference is the pinnacle of the cooperation between the University of Sharjah and the International Institute of Law of the French-speaking Countries (IDEF). The conference will be preparing the draft unified Arabic law of contracts. Taskforces have actually been formed to examine the framework and perspectives of the law in the Arab States, reveal the convergence and the possibility of interdependence with other legal regimes, Latin and Anglo-Saxon. World leading experts, representatives of the Ministry of Justice, and high-rank judges, academic experts and representatives of international and regional law firms are among the participants in these taskforces.
The ceremony began with national anthem and the recital of verses from the Holy Koran. Them, H.E. Prof. Hamid M.K. Al Naimiy, Chancellor of the University of Sharjah, stated "As you all know, globalization today requires a large number of various projects; amongst such is the unification of legislations on regional levels, to combat the economic challenges and blocs and benefit from the success and experience of some world states such as the European Union".
Prof. Hamid M.K. Al Naimiy, Chancellor of the University of Sharjah, noted, "the scientific key points of this conference are based on revealing the guidelines of the Arabic judiciary system in implementing Arabic laws with regard to contracts, both civil and commercial; the formulation of such guidelines on the basis of the principles and practices of the Islamic jurisprudence, and its legislative methods; and them, achieving the rules of intellectual and human contribution in the formulation and implementation of laws according to the bridges of civilized communication between nations".
Prof. Hamid M.K. Al Naimiy, Chancellor of the University of Sharjah, defined the objectives of the conference, as "to establish the interaction between the Islamic Arabic civilization with the western civilization in regulating reality to achieve legal interests, determine the frameworks and orientations of the Unified Law of Contracts under Provisions of the Arabic Judiciary System, and examine the legal regimes and principles that govern contracts in the Arab World in general, and the UAE in particular". "The conference also aims at studying such regimes on a global scale, to widen the area of international financial transactions, attract more investments, and balancing the principles of the judiciary system adopted in the Islamic school with other legal schools to prove the former's positive interaction and improve communication with it", added Prof. Hamid M.K. Al Naimiy.
French Ambassador to the UAE, Ludovic Pouille, stated "I am very glad to attend the 34th version of IDEF Conference in the United Arab Emirates, especially at the Emirate of Sharjah, which connected culture to education".
"In 1937, Egypt chose the French law to be implemented as the governing law; choosing such a codified and factual law, was an approach taken by other Arab States" added Mr. Ludovic Pouille. He also noted that the role of the IDEF is to contribute to the development of a project to legalize contracts in the Arab World.
Prof. Barthélemy Mercadal, Secretary General and Vice President of IDEF, delivered a speech in which he noted "the project in the works now draws together more than 500 judicial decisions issued by Arab countries, and we hope to succeed, within the three days of the conference, in devising the common rules of the law of contracts between the Arab states; and should we achieve such a conclusion, it would be possible to realize a convergence between the laws of the Arab countries".
In his speech, Prof. Bashar Hikmat Malkawi, Dean of the College of Law, noted the significance of world conferences, their role in the intellectual advancement of faculty members and students, and contribution through the recommendations that devise solutions to many problems. This conference is held under the title "Towards a Unified Law of Contracts under Provisions of the Arabic Judiciary System", and is a realization of the cooperation and sustainable partnership between the University of Sharjah and the International Institute of Law of the French-speaking Countries (IDEF). The conference aims at uncovering the approach of the Arabic judiciary system in implementing Arabic laws with regard to civil and commercial contracts. It tracks the milestones that mark the process of a contract, starting from the negotiation that precedes signing the contract to its termination and the resulting circumstances. Furthermore, this conference seeks to identify the convergence between provisions of laws and the judiciary system in the Arab World with those of other legal regimes, such as the Latin law and the Anglo-Saxon law, by reviewing and exchanging ideas and presentations between researchers from various world countries and disciplines for the purpose of devising common rules that attract investments and encourage economic development.
His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Ruler of the Emirate of Sharjah, launched the website, marking the fruitful cooperation between the University of Sharjah and the International Institute of Law of the French-speaking Countries (IDEF). The websites contains a number of draft laws that will be discussed at the conference.
H.H. Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qasimi was then invited to honor the speakers, sponsors and everyone who participated in achieving the success of the conference.
The conference was attended by H.E. Khamis Bin Salem Al Suwaidi, Chairman of the Department of Suburbs and Villages Affairs; H.E. Abdullah Mohammed Al Owais, Chairman of the Sharjah Department of Culture; H.E. Ali Salem Al Midfa, Chairman of the Sharjah Airport Authority; H.E. Mohammed Obaid Al Zaabi, Director of the Sharjah Department of Protocol and Guesthouses; H.E. Salem Yousef Al Qaseer, Chairman of the Sharjah Labour Standard Development Authority; H.E. Mohammed Hassan Khalaf, Director-General of Sharjah Media Corporation; members of the Board of Trustees of Sharjah University, deputy directors and members of the faculty and administrative body of UoS.