Qatar University Fellowship

In order to enhance local research productivity and build upon its established collegial ‎relationship with Qatar University, CIRS launched an annual fellowship to be ‎awarded to a member of Qatar University’s faculty. The fellowship supports QU ‎faculty members in pursuing original research projects, with the aim of publishing ‎research outcomes in leading journals or with university presses. Any member of the ‎Qatar University full-time faculty engaged in the Humanities, Social Sciences, Law, ‎and Islamic Studies is eligible for this fellowship.‎ The selected fellow is appointed for one academic year, and while continuing ‎with his/her commitments to QU, will pursue a research project utilizing the ample ‎resources made available by the CIRS and the Georgetown University School of ‎Foreign Service in Qatar. QU Fellows are asked to give a presentation of their ‎research at a CIRS-sponsored talk, and encouraged to engage with the SFS-Q ‎faculty and students to discuss areas of mutual interest. The QU fellow is an ‎active member of the GU-Q intellectual community, and is provided with office ‎space and access to the GU-Q library. The fellowship entails an honorarium ‎designed to assist the fellow in pursuing his/her research project.‎

CIRS Qatar University Fellow 2017-2018

Dr. Muna Al-Marzouqi, is an assistant professor of maritime and commercial law at Qatar University College of Law. She received her LL.B from Qatar University College of law. She obtained her Masters in law from University of California Berkeley. From Tulane University, she obtained her doctorate degree (S.J.D.) in the field of Maritime Law. Her Dissertation is about the contract of carriage of goods by sea: a comparative study of the scope of application, carrier obligations and liabilities. She teaches maritime law and commercial law at Qatar University College of Law. During Feb and Apr of 2017, she offered a course on Qatari Maritime Law at Qatari Emiri Naval Forces. She tweets under @Dr_Muna_QU. Her Instagram account is muna.almarzouqi.

As a CIRS Qatar University fellow, Dr. Muna is conducting a research about the right of access to port: a legal analysis of suspending the maritime transport by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and Egypt (“the blockade countries”) against the State of Qatar. The paper encompasses an exanimation of whether the measures taken by the blockade countries are in conformity with international maritime law. It will also include a comparison of the current Gulf crisis to other analogous international disputes. That will be followed by a discussion on how suspending the maritime transport affect international trade by sea and in contradiction with the principles of WTO. The main objectives of her paper is to reveal the legal aspect of the measures taken by the blockade countries against the State of Qatar and provide a reference for entities in Qatar in charge of filing a complaint before the International Maritime Organization.