Prof Dr Nayla Comair-Obeid > Obeid & Partners > Beirut, Lebanon > Lawyer Profile

Obeid & Partners
BEIRUT, PO BOX: 116/2234, LAW COURTS, BEIRUT 1109 2020

Work Department


- International Arbitration
- Litigation
- Islamic Finance
- Construction
- Telecommunications


Founding Partner of Obeid & Partners


Professor Nayla Comair-Obeid is the founding partner of Obeid & Partners and heads the firm’s dispute resolution practice. She is a professor of private law and international commercial arbitration at various international universities around the world.  She is also an Associate Member at 3VB Barristers Chambers in London and Board Member of Women’s Leadership Board of the Women and Public Policy Program) at the Harvard Kennedy School.

She has extensive expertise in a wide range of areas including and not limited to international business law, Islamic and Middle Eastern legislation, shareholder issues, licensing, administrative law, intellectual property, telecommunication, construction, complex civil litigation, corporate, and financial disputes.

Professor Comair-Obeid has represented major domestic and foreign corporate clients including states and governmental entities and is involved in the most significant disputes in the region and internationally.

Professor Comair-Obeid has authored The Law of Business Contracts in the Middle East (Kluwer Law) and numerous other publications in Arabic, French and English covering a range of topics including international contract law, international arbitration and Islamic finance. She is frequently invited to speak as a leading expert in her field and has held and continues to hold prominent positions in many of the major international arbitration institutions.


Fluent in English, French, and Arabic.


Throughout her career, Professor Comair-Obeid has held and continues to hold pre-eminent positions in many of the major international arbitration institutions. Professor Comair-Obeid is member of the ICC Executive Board, Companion of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) in which she has also served as President in 2017. She was also the former Chair of the CIArb Board of Trustees. She also sits on the ICSID panel of arbitrators and is a member of the ICSID panel of conciliators designated by the president of the World Bank. She is a member of the council of the Institute of World Business Law of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) in Paris; Trustee of the Cairo Regional Centre for International Commercial Arbitration Board of Trustees; member of the LCIA Court in London, former commissioner of the United Nations Compensation Commission (UNCC) in Geneva; and former vice chair of the arbitration committee in the International Bar Association.


University of Paris II, Assas – Sorbonne
Ph.D. in Law: Business Law, First Degree Honours

St. Joseph University, Lebanon, Lyon II-Jean Moulin University, France
D.E.A Business Law

St. Joseph University, Lebanon, Lyon II-Jean Moulin University, France
Master’s in Lebanese and French Law, Distinction

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