Highlighting some legal reforms in Saudi Arabia – OpEd – Eurasia Review


By Dimah Talal Alsharif*

In recent years, the Saudi legal system has constantly evolved, combining Islamic law with best international practices.

An example of the changes and developments taking place is the introduction and modification of laws and regulations to provide effective and efficient outcomes and solutions.

In order to expand and improve legal practices, the Kingdom has also recently opened its doors to foreign law firms. The move aims to provide more efficient services to individuals and institutions, improve the business and investment environment in the country, and develop and improve the skills of lawyers.

One of the most important goals in establishing foreign law firms is that the number of Saudis practicing law in a foreign law firm must not be less than the Saudiization percentage established for such firms and professional firms.

The kingdom also introduced a new licensing system to properly monitor the social media influencer industry and prevent violations of national laws and values.

Citizens and residents are also becoming increasingly aware of their legal rights.

The Personal Status Act, which came into force in June as part of a series of legislative reforms, aims to increase system efficiency, increase transparency, improve quality of life and protect human rights. It deals with cases related to marriage, divorce, custody, child support, wills and inheritance.

A number of services have also been introduced to help companies easily provide judicial services or report violations.

Saudi Arabia also allowed women to study and study law in early 2004, similar to their male counterparts.

As a result of the landmark decision, women lawyers now teach law and work in legal roles, often in senior positions in government agencies, ministries, military establishments, and local and international commercial companies.

Universities are encouraging more women to enroll in law courses to meet the need for more lawyers in companies and business sectors.

As Saudi National Day approaches, I am proud to highlight some of the legal developments that have been made by Saudi Arabia.

• Dimah Talal Alsharif is a Saudi legal adviser, head of the health law department at the law firm Majed Garoub and a member of the International Association of Lawyers. Twitter: @dimah_alsharif


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