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Postgraduate Qatar Law 2021-2022

QL5002: CORPORATE GOVERNANCE

30 credits

Level 5

First Sub Session

This course will discuss the trajectory of the development of corporate governance over the past three decades, especially in the UK and the US, with a view to understanding the extent to which underlying theoretical assumptions and policy decisions impact legislative, regulatory and self-regulatory arrangements as well as reform options. Students will gain an understanding of why the company as a legal entity has the shape and form that it does; why certain actors are regarded as internal to corporate governance arrangements and others external; and why ongoing (and sometimes apparently futile) reform efforts take the form that they do. 

QL5003: INTERNATIONAL ARBITRATION LAW

30 credits

Level 5

First Sub Session

QL5005: INTERNATIONAL COMMERCIAL ARBITRATION

30 credits

Level 5

First Sub Session

The demand for international commercial arbitration has increased significantly over the last 20 years. Empirical surveys conducted consistently report figures that suggest around 60% of businesses prefer arbitration over other dispute resolution methods. Hence, it is becoming more and more important for law students to get acquainted with the international arbitration framework.  This course explores the theoretical and practical underpinnings of arbitral law and provides students with a holistic view on different aspects of the arbitral procedure.

The main substantive topics are: 

(1) Introduction to International Commercial Arbitration

(2) The Role of the Seat, 

(3) Arbitration Agreement and Arbitral Jurisdiction, 

(4) Applicable Substantive Law, 

(5) The Arbitral Tribunal, 

(6) Arbitral Procedure and Evidence, 

(7) The Arbitral Award. 

The topics have been chosen to give students a good knowledge of international commercial arbitration law. The teaching pattern comprises recorded lectures and seminars at which the above-mentioned topics are discussed in depth. Besides the essential reading for the lectures, students are provided with relevant case law and different scenarios/questions for discussion at seminars. The course also provides a lecture on the introduction to international commercial arbitration.

QL5501: CRITICAL LEGAL THINKING AND SCHOLARSHIP

0 credits

Level 5

Second Sub Session

This compulsory course provides students from diverse legal and educational backgrounds with a common understanding of the core research, analytical, and writing skills which would be required to excel in LLM-Taught courses. It commences with a few lectures and progresses to working  in a workshop environment and finally to the submission of an individual assignment. It also incorporates elements such as library workshops to provide students with hands-on experience with the resources available for course and dissertation work.

QL5502: INTERNATIONAL SALE OF GOODS AND FINANCE LAW

30 credits

Level 5

Second Sub Session

QL5503: COMPARATIVE AND INTERNATIONAL PERSPECTIVES ON COMPANY LAW

30 credits

Level 5

Second Sub Session

This course is a selective and critical examination of company laws. A theoretical approach shall be taken based upon the general theory of comparative law developed by Zweigert and Kötz and the Watsonian theory of legal transplants. Key issues in comparative company law shall be examined using the theoretical framework of Hansmann and Kraakman with its particular focus on the agency problem. Specific topics shall include directors’ duties; the protection of minority shareholders and the limits of limited liability.

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