Qatari Students Draft Domestic Violence Law

July 2012

During a May 28 press conference, a group of Qatar University College of Law students presented a draft domestic violence law, the Qatar Protection from Domestic Violence Act. To draft the law, the 25 male and female students solicited input from the Qatar Foundation for the Protection of Women and Children and conducted a comparative examination of international family laws. The students also developed an action plan to raise public awareness of domestic violence in Qatar and to collect and analyze domestic violence statistics. In addition to serving as a public platform to propose the draft domestic violence law, the event, which garnered media attention, afforded the students the opportunity to advocate for their work and to field questions from the media.


In addition to drafting the Qatar Protection from Domestic Violence Act, the students also developed an action plan to raise public awareness of domestic violence.

The presenting students had participated in a semester-long domestic violence and legislative drafting course as part of Qatar University’s first clinical legal education program, which was supported by the ABA Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI) with funding from the U.S. Department of State’s Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI). The clinic offered students practical skills training in oral advocacy, legal research, legal writing and legislative drafting.

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