Wednesday 26 April 2017

Ibrahim Najjar


Ibrahim Najjar is a lawyer and former Lebanese politician and government minister. He was born in 1941 in Tripoli.  After high school at St. Joseph’s College Antoura and the French Lycée in Beirut, he studied at the Université Saint-Joseph in Beirut and in France. Since 1966, Najjar is also professor of law at Saint Joseph University.

Ibrahim Najjar joined the national unity government in 2008 and was appointed Minister of Justice.  His three years at the Ministry of Justice were very productive.  He promoted laws in many fields including arbitrary detention, human rights including abolition of the death penalty, successions and wills, Lebanese citizenship for the generations of Lebanese ascent.  He was a prominent contributor to the implementation of the memorandums of understanding with the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, and has advocated and signed important bilateral judicial cooperation treaties with several European and Arab countries.

Ibrahim Najjar is a teacher of law and the author of numerous legal books and articles.  He  is the owner and editor of The Lebanese Review of Arab and International Arbitration and publishes the Saint Joseph Faculty of Law Journal.

In 2010 he was awarded the National medal for Human Rights in recognition of his draft law to abolish death penalty in Lebanon.

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