‘Judicial systems need new tools’

ABU DHABI - The declaration of the Abu Dhabi International Conference of the Presidents of the Supreme Courts of the World said the conference had provided an occasion for chief justices and experts representing various legal systems to exchange views and discuss issues of concern to the legal experts around the world.

By Anwar Ahmad (Our staff reporter)

Published: Wed 26 Mar 2008, 8:49 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 6:48 PM

“These discussions focused on studying the various international experiences which embrace both the federal and unitary judicial systems, the challenges facing justice in the 21st century, as well as the harmonious coexistence in the world of the Shariah as a legal system with other legal systems,” it said.

This conference was the first international judicial meeting in which the Shariah was discussed as a legal and judicial system, and not only as a jurisprudential heritage, the declaration added.

The conference also discussed the various challenges of the 21st century pertaining to the state’s legal authority, its position regarding human rights and the environment, and the ensuing repercussions for the development of the law and the administration of justice, it said.

“This declaration draws attention to the fact that we live in an era of globalisation and technological, biological and genetic development. The judiciary is thus witnessing developments that require new tools and human resources and that call for review of the organisation of the judicial field and the qualification of judges and their assistants to meet those challenges,” the declaration concluded.

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