Dubai – MENA Herald: The Supreme Legislation Committee (SLC) has signed a memorandum of understanding with Imam Malik College for Islamic Sharia and Law to promote efforts to enrich, transfer, and share knowledge and expertise in line with mutual objectives aiming at raising legal, legislative, and research performance, as well as consolidating the role of law in building a knowledge-based society. The two parties emphasized concerted efforts to establish Dubai as a leading center of legal excellence, through enhancing legal training and encouraging research to keep pace with ongoing positive developments at the legal, research, and academic levels in the UAE.

The MoU was signed by H.E. Ahmad Saeed bin Meshar Al Muhairi, SLC Secretary General, and by Prof. Issa bin Mani al Humairi, CEO of Imam Malik College for Islamic Sharia and Law, in the presence of a number of high-level officials from both parties.

Pursuant to the MoU, both parties have agreed on closer cooperation in the field of legal training with a focus on reviewing and drafting legislation in line with the ambitious vision of the SLC to create an integrated legal system that supports the sustainable development plans of Dubai. Innovation has been a focal point for both parties who reiterated their commitment to invest in creative ideas and support creative programs and development projects in the legal and paralegal field, in order to consolidate the rule of law and the principle of legality in accordance with the UAE Vision 2021 to make the UAE’s judicial system among the most efficient in the world.

H.E. Al Muhairi pointed out that the new partnership is of great significance as it paves the way for further cooperation and coordination to promote legal research. He stressed that it was an important step towards encouraging innovation as a vital tool to promote the development of the legislative process in order to lay the grounds for pioneering legislation that reflects current developments, and reaches out for the future in line with the vision and directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice-President and Prime Minister, and Ruler of Dubai.

Al Muhairi said: “The MoU lays the foundation stone for investment in research, training, and innovation which represent the main pillars to develop up-to-date legislation and sound and effective legal opinions that lead to an integrated legal system that keeps pace with the sustainable development plans of Dubai. We are confident that our collaboration with Imam Malik College for Islamic Sharia and Law will boost our efforts aiming at enriching legal knowledge and further developing legislative work, benefiting from the advanced research capabilities of Imam Malik College for Islamic Sharia and Law, which in one of the leading modern colleges of Islamic Sharia, law, and legal sciences that meets the requirements of the 21st century and the rapid development in Dubai and the UAE.”

Prof. Issa bin Mani al Humairi applauded the efforts of the SLC in laying solid grounds to develop the legislative process and strengthening the legal system in line with the forward-looking vision of Dubai as a pioneer in the legislative and legal filed at the international level. He added: “The importance of cooperation with the SLC lies in its significant role in supporting our objectives aiming at promoting legal and legislative research and enhancing the outcomes of legal training in order to build a new generation of legal professionals that can contributes in ushering the Arab and Islamic worlds into an even more prosperous future.”

“We are keen to strengthen our joint and fruitful cooperation with the SLC to achieve our shared vision to enrich the legal knowledge and further enhance the legal and research capabilities of the young generation to be able to develop the legislative structure and legal system to support the rapid development in Dubai and the UAE. We are committed to promote human development; and develop, share, and transfer legal knowledge in accordance with the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice-President and Prime Minister, and Ruler of Dubai, through investing in research in various legal fields that better serve the UAE community and humanity as a whole,” al Humairi concluded.

The MoU covers cooperation in drafting and issuing legal research and institutional studies, in addition to organizing conferences, seminars, lectures, and workshops focusing on matters related to drafting and reviewing legislation. Both parties also agreed to exchange visits and participate in joint meetings to discuss and examine the best ways to develop new projects and plans that achieve the common objectives and visions.