Dr. Jon Truby

Director of the Centre for Law and Development

Associate Professor of Law

College of Law, Qatar University

Law and Technology in the Financial Sector – Financial Technology (Digital Currencies, Regulatory Sandboxes, Blockchain), Artificial Intelligence, Cybersecurity, AML/CTF

Sustainable Development Goals: law and policy, environmental taxation and fiscal tools

Academic Positions

  • Present2016


    Centre for Law and Development, Qatar University

  • Present2018

    Associate Professor in Law

    Qatar University, College of Law

  • 20182011

    Assistant Professor in Law

    Qatar University, College of Law

  • 20112010

    Lecturer in Law

    Qatar University, College of Law

  • 20102008

    Lecturer in Law; TA

    University of Newcastle Upon Tyne, Newcastle Law School, UK


  • PhD 2011


    University of Newcastle Upon Tyne, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Newcastle Law School

  • Certificate 2009

    Teaching & Learning in Higher Education

    Newcastle University

  • Postgraduate 2009

    Research: Postgraduate Certificate in Research Training

    Newcastle University

  • Postgraduate Diploma 2006

    Law: Legal Practice

    College of Law

  • LLB (First Class Honours) 2005

    Bachelor of Laws

    University of Newcastle Upon Tyne, Newcastle Law School

Dr. Truby is Director of the Centre for Law & Development, a legal research and policy centre focused on delivering solutions to the needs of Qatar’s National Development Strategy.  Its current research and roundtable agenda focuses upon financial innovation for Qatar’s economic diversification, including digital currencies and blockchain technology.  He is a specialist in financial technology law and policy.

As a lawyer and academic established in law, policy and social sciences, he has secured  major research grants from Qatar Foundation as well as other corporate and public sponsors, enabling him to research and publish in areas of interest including financial innovation and regulation, cybersecurity, AML/CFT, taxation and commercial law.  He also studies policy tools to impact social behavior towards to achieve decarbonization and other sustainability objectives to mitigate climate change. He is an affiliate legal advisor of the KINDI Qatar Centre for Cybersecurity.  Dr. Jon Truby runs the undergraduate and postgraduate Environmental Law and Public Policy programmes in the College of Law of Qatar University.

Having been a highly active member of the University since 2010, he has driven the delivery of numerous college achievements and his role in college management has helped institutionalize processes within the college.  He participates in a range of planning, strategy, accreditation, quality assurance and education committees within the university and the local community, driving the delivering for example of the University’s Strategic Plan, Qatar’s first LLM and law PhD programmes, and Qatar’s governmental negotiating documents on climate change.  He is a member of the College Council, the College’s management team.  He has set up various academic, research and consultancy centres and initiatives and has led university missions through his endeavours with external organisations such as the US State Department, the World Bank, NATO, EU institutions, the American Bar Association and partnered universities. He works closely with the Qatar legal community and government bodies and developed Qatar’s Strategic Plan on Rule of Law, focusing on Law-Related Education, and also designed a Qatar Government White Paper on legislative reform for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.  He is passionate about technology in education, and won a University award for innovative technology-based teaching amongst other excellence in research awards.

Before joining the College of Law, Dr. Truby taught graduate and undergraduate courses on the LLM and LLB courses at Newcastle Law School (England).  His Ph.D from Newcastle Law School at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne (England) was a doctoral study of environmental tax law and its impact upon environmental behaviour including sustainable energy consumption and production.  His undergraduate degree was also from Newcastle Law School where he received a First Class Honours Degree in his LLB Degree with prizes.  After his postgraduate professional legal qualification at the University of Law in York (England), where he focused upon commercial and corporate law, he went on to practice law in a top ten global law firm in the City of London, before beginning his doctorate.

He was Founding Editor-in-Chief of the International Review of Law an internationally peer reviewed, multi-jurisdictional, bilingual (English and Arabic) law journal.

Awards and Honors

  • 2012
    Exemplary Online Instruction Award
  • June 10, 2013
    Award for Excellence in Scientific Research
  • September 10, 2015
    Award for Excellence in Scientific Research