Hamad Bin Khalifa University

Dean, College of Law and Public Policy

Doha, Qatar

Hamad Bin Khalifa University (“HBKU”) in Doha, Qatar, a member institution of the world renowned Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (“QF”),  seeks an experienced, resourceful, and entrepreneurial academic leader to serve as the next Dean of the College of Law and Public Policy at HBKU beginning in the summer of 2018. The College of Law and Public Policy (“CLPP”) was established in 2014 as the only graduate-level academy in the MENA Region offering a 3-year JD legal education program. 

Located within Education City along with affiliates of some of the world’s pre-eminent universities, HBKU is a young, robust, research university, composed of five graduate level colleges including the College of Law and Public Policy. The first CLPP class of 18 students will graduate in May 2018, prepared to practice law in Qatar and the larger region and across the globe in the public, private and independent sectors. Under the terms of a comprehensive, 5-year partnership agreement between HBKU and the Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law (“Northwestern Law”), the JD program at CLPP was designed and developed under the guidance of Northwestern Law and its esteemed faculty. Northwestern Law identified a founding dean (Clinton Francis) from its law school faculty, supported the founding dean in recruiting permanent and visiting CLPP faculty, and helped to implement the plans and JD program at CLPP.

The current agreement between HBKU and Northwestern Law concludes in June 2018, and the next dean will report to the HBKU Provost and work directly with HBKU leaders to further develop the JD program at CLPP to meet the needs of the students from Qatar and other nations, both within and outside the MENA region, while maintaining the high standards of a world-class, graduate-level JD program that has now taken root in Doha. HBKU College of Law and Public Policy aspires to be a world-class provider of legal education with an international reputation for quality and innovation in teaching and research. Owing to its position at a global crossroads in terms of culture, business and geopolitics, Qatar is at the heart of a region that requires leaders who can manage multi-faceted relationships that span different legal systems and who have a command of a wide range of skills.

The College of Law and Public Policy and its exemplary and rare JD program, while now firmly established, continues to face challenges and presents exhilarating opportunities for an insightful and creative leader and legal education entrepreneur.  The program is young and not well known and has so far attracted small classes, so that expanding the demand for the JD degree by explaining the value-added by the JD program for the individual, for his or her employer and clients, and for civil society at large is a principal challenge and opportunity for the next dean. Akin to that goal is the objective of creating a program that is financially stable and sustainable. Recruiting top-tier, permanent faculty also remains a distinct demand for the next CLPP dean. HBKU is seeking a leader who is excited and energized by these opportunities and has the knowledge, persistence, and entrepreneurial spirit to confront them. The next CLPP dean will build on the JD platform that has been established over the past five years at HBKU and adapt it and expand it to meet the evolving needs and expectations of the region.

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