Middle East 2011-12


Mooting Master Class 2_0
The Media Law and Policy Initiative organized by the University of Oxford’s Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policy (PCMLP) and the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School for Communication aims to strengthen media law and policy research, teaching, and practice in Qatar and the Middle East. Central to this initiative is the establishment of the Price Media Law Moot Court Competition—Middle East Regional Round in Qatar.

Sponsors and Friends:

  • Qatar University
  • Annenberg School for Communication
  • AlJazeera Media Training & Development Center

Overall Winner:

University of Sharjah

  • Ms. Modhi Almansour
  • Ms. Fatima Aljokar
  • Mr. Hamad Abdulla Abdulrahman E. AlRahma

Overall Runner-up:

Qatar University (Respondent)

Best Memorial:

Sharjah University

Best Memorial – Runner-up:

Qatar University

Best Oralist – Final Round:

Abdullah Al-Ameri (Qatar University)

Top Oralist:

Fatima Aljokar (University of Sharjah)


Qatar University
Ms. Marwa Bamatraf
Mr. Abdullah Al-Ameri
Ms. Lama Abuakar
Ms. Radfa Al-Marri

Participating Teams:

Jordan University (Amman, Jordan)
Qatar University (Doha, Qatar)
University of Sharjah (Sharjah, UAE)
University Arab Emirates University (Al Ain, UAE)
Yarmouk University (Irbid, Jordan)


Final Round Judges

OSAMA ABU-DEHAYS is one of the leading media lawyers in the Middle East and North Africa. Osama has a Bachelor’s of Commerce from Concordia University in Canada and an LLB from Kent University. His background is in IP and he has a published dissertation entitled “Dot.Com or Dot.Con, the application of trade mark law on Domain Name Disputes”. He has 10 years of experience in media law gained in private practice and through his work in legal departments in major Media organisations such as the MBC, MTV Arabia, and Arab Media Group. Osama joined Aljazeera Network in 2009 as Chief Legal Officer, and since joining, the department as well as the network itself has gone through major changes. In his role, he oversees the legal function for the 78 worldwide offices of this International news network, and has successfully represented the organisation in over 50 litigation matters worldwide. Osama is a frequent speaker at Telecom and Media conferences, and is considered a resource of information on matters of Media and broadcasting law in the region.

JUSTICE BARBARA DOHMANN is a Judge at the QFC Civil and Commercial Court and is also a leading barrister in the United Kingdom specializing in media law as well as banking and finance, commercial litigation, financial services and insurance law. She appears regularly as a barrister in the English High Court and appellate courts, in international arbitrations as well as Regulatory and Disciplinary Tribunals and has extensive experience of large commercial disputes in many jurisdictions. She is also an international arbitrator and a CEDR accredited mediator.

JUDGE ANDRAS SAJO is a Judge of the European Court of Human Rights since February 2008. He was the founder and spokesperson of the Hungarian League for the Abolition of the Death Penalty, Budapest, and served as Legal Counselor to the President of Hungary, 1991-1992. He is a University Professor at Central European University, Budapest (on leave) and he has published extensively on comparative constitutional law (including most recently Comparative Constitutionalism 2nd ed., 2010 and Constitutional Sentiments, 2011).

DR. MINAS KHATCHADOURIAN is a Professor of Law at the Egyptian University of Ain-Shams. He acts regularly as chairman and party-appointed arbitrator in disputes related to international contracts and investments. He is the author of several books and articles on international business law, intellectual property rights and alternative dispute resolution methods. He collaborates in the “Doing Business” annual report prepared by the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation. Recently, and has been appointed as secretary general of the Qatar International Center for Arbitration (QICA).

PROFESSOR KHAWAR QURESHI QC is a Barrister specializing in Commercial Law, Arbitration and Public International law with offices in London and Qatar. He is the Head of McNair Chambers Qatar, the first ever Barristers’ Chambers established outside the UK in 2008. He acted for or against more than 70 States on Commercial and International matters, and was appointed as a UK Government Treasury Counsel from 1999 to 2006 (advising and representing many UK Government Ministers and Departments in hundreds of Public Law matters). He has taught Commercial and International part time since 1989 at Cambridge University, King’s College London and the LSE, and was appointed a Visiting Professor in Commercial law at London University in 2006. He was appointed a Queen’s Counsel in 2006 and a Recorder in 2010.

Preliminary Round Judges

DR. MOHAMMED EL SAID is a resource person specialized in IP and media law. He joined Al Jazeera Media Network in 2006 as a senior legal counsel. El Said has a bachelor’s degree in Law from the University of Jordan and an LLM (International Business Law) and PhD from the University of Manchester, UK. He has been a full member of the Jordanian Bar Association since 2001. El Said is a frequent key note speaker and resource person in international and regional conferences.

LAURA WARREN is a Legal Director at the international law firm Clyde & Co LLP. She has honours degrees from both the University of Cambridge and the University of London. In her legal practice, Laura deals with non-contentious and contentious matters and has extensive experience in litigation, arbitration and other forms of dispute resolution. She is the author of the legal section of Qatar Construction Sites and Co Coordinator for the Society of Construction law in Qatar.

CHRISTOPHER JOBSON is Eversheds’ Managing Partner in the Middle East. Eversheds is one of the largest international law firms in the world with regional offices in Iraq, Jordan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the UAE. Christopher has worked in the Middle East for more than 8 years and in the 90s spent three and half years working in Hong Kong (and indeed Dubai). Christopher specialises in litigation and arbitration, and was formerly head of litigation in one of Eversheds’ offices in the UK.

JENNIFER KOONS is an international freelance journalist and lecturer at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism in Qatar. Previously, she was a Washington, D.C.-based journalist writing about foreign policy, national politics and legal issues. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post and ForeignPolicy.com, among other publications. She earned a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism and a master’s degree in law from Northwestern’s School of Law.

KHALIFA AL-MISNAD was admitted to the State Bar of Texas in 2006 following an educational journey that graduated him from the University of Texas and the University of Houston with a Mechanical Engineering degree and a Doctorate of Jurisprudence, respectively.  Mr. Al-Misnad began his legal career in Qatar Petroleum’s legal department where he had the opportunity to work on various projects that included multi-billion dollar joint ventures, project financing undertakings, tax saving structures, corporate governance matters, and human resource related initiatives. After acceptance to the Qatar Bar in 2010, the Law Offices of Khalifa Al-Misnad and Rifaat Associates founded Al-Misnad & Rifaat to provide legal advice on an international level with a local flavor.

JUDES ABBOUD  After graduating with a Lebanese and French Bachelor degree in Private Law from the Faculty of Law and Political Science of Saint Joseph University of Beirut in 2006, Judes Abboud joined Al-Misnad & Rifaat and passed the Beirut Bar Association exam in 2007. Judes also holds an MBA from the Ecole Supérieure des Affaires in Beirut and a Masters in Management from ESCP-EAP European School of Management in Paris.

THEODOR BRUENING is a UK-trained barrister who has practiced in the USA in Los Angeles and holds a BA from Oxford University and an LLM from Columbia University. He is a second-year associate at McNair Chambers in Doha, Qatar, the first British barrister’s chambers based outside of the UK. His interest and specialization lies in international litigation and arbitration.

CHRIS CAMPBELL-HOLT is Acting Registrar at the QFC Civil and Commercial Court and Regulatory Tribunal, where he oversees the management of all casework and works closely with the Judges in his quasi-judicial capacity on procedural case matters.  Previously he worked at Norton Rose LLP, an international law firm, where he co-founded a specialist litigation practice group across the firm’s international offices and co-founded the Centre for Ethics and Law at University College London.  He has lectured widely and produced publications on commercial and civil law, ethics and administrative law.