From February 21st-23rd, the Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policy (PCMLP) at the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies held the Middle East Regional Rounds of the Price Media Law Moot Court Competition in Doha, Qatar. The event was organized in collaboration with Qatar University’s College of Law, the Aljazeera Media Training and Development Centre and the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School for Communication. The finals were broadcast live on the 24-hour news channel, Aljazeera Mubasher.
The winning team from Sharjah University during the Finals
Sharjah University in the United Arab Emirates won the competition after a closely contested final moot with Qatar University. Both teams will be coming to Oxford to participate in the International Rounds of the Price Media Law Moot Court Competition from March 21st-24th.
The moot court was held together with a seminar on Media Policy After the Arab Spring that brought together leading academics and lawyers from the region for an intriguing discussion about the politics and challenges of media reform in the context of complex transitions. Participants included Judge Andras Sajo of the European Court of Human Rights and Professor at Central European University, Osama Abu-Deways who is Head of Al Jazeera’s Legal Affairs Department, and Professor Hussein Amin of the American University in Cairo.
Further information and the full results of the competition can be found on the Price Media Law Moot Court website: http://pricemootcourt.socleg.ox.ac.uk/competitions/qatar/2012