Professor Comair-Obeid, founding partner of Obeid Law Firm, specialises in international business law and Islamic and Middle Eastern legislation and regularly serves as counsel or arbitrator in complex international arbitrations conducted in Arabic, French or English, both ad hoc and under a variety of international arbitration rules. Professor Comair-Obeid is also often called upon as a legal expert on various aspects of Lebanese law and Middle Eastern legislation in foreign courts and arbitral proceedings. She is professor of international commercial arbitration at the Lebanese University and alternative dispute resolution at the Lebanese Judicial Institute and former visiting professor at the University of Paris II, Panthéon-Assas. Professor Comair-Obeid has taught the principles of civil law at the Lebanese University for many years.
Professor Comair-Obeid also publishes prolifically and is regularly invited to lecture at world-renowned academic institutions where her articles and scholarly publications are often cited as reference works. Of particular note is her book The Law of Business Contracts in the Middle East (Kluwer Law).
Professor Comair-Obeid is the president-elect of CIArb, and will take up the role in 2017. In her work with CIArb, she has developed a pioneering syllabus interweaving the principles of international dispute resolution and Islamic finance, to be introduced as a London course next year. She has chaired and continues to chair multiple international panels, and is the former chair of the board of trustees of CIArb; a member of the ICSID panel of arbitrators and conciliators; a member of the International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA); former vice chair of the International Bar Association arbitration committee; trustee of the Cairo Regional Centre for International Arbitration; former CIArb trustee for the Middle East and Indian sub-continent; council member of the Institute of World Business Law of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC); former chair of the Lebanese Branch of CIArb; and a former commissioner of the United Nations Compensation Commission (UNCC) in Geneva.
WWL says: Nayla Comair-Obeid is considered "one of the market leaders" in both ad hoc and international arbitration in the Middle East.
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