This webinar will explore how courts around the world have continued to function in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. The panel will discuss issues relating to access to justice in times of international crises and how the judiciary and court administrations have facilitated new ways of working. The important impact of technology in ensuring that the work of the courts can continue, respond, and adapt in these difficult and challenging times will be considered.
- The Rt. Hon. The Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd, President (QICDRC)
Lord Thomas has been President of the Qatar International Court since 2018. He previously served as Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales from 2013 to 2017. He retired from that post prior to taking up the present position in Qatar.
- Chief Judge Barbara M. G. Lynn of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas
Prior to assuming the federal bench in 2000, Judge Lynn was a partner with Carrington, Coleman in Dallas. Judge Lynn was designated by the National Law Journal in 1998 as one of the 50 most influential women attorneys in the country. She was the first recipient of the Louise Raggio award, given by the Dallas Women Lawyers Association for her contributions to the profession. In 2010, she was recognized by the International Women’s Forum with the Women Who Make A Difference Award. She received the State Bar’s Samuel Pessarra Outstanding Jurist Award in 2019.
- Dr. Susan L. Karamanian, Dean, College of Law
Dr. Susan L. Karamanian is Dean of HBKU's College of Law. Dr. Susan is a member of the Executive Council of the American Society of International Law (ASIL). She is a trustee of the Center for American and International Law, where she chairs the Southwestern Institute for International and Comparative Law, and is a director of Texas Appleseed. She is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the American Council on Germany, the American Bar Foundation, and the Texas Bar Foundation.
- Christopher Grout, Registrar (QICDRC)
Christopher Grout has been Registrar of the Qatar International Court since 2012. He was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 2007. He holds an LL.B degree from Newcastle University and an LL.M in Canon Law from Cardiff University.