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President’s biography

Nayla Comair-Obeid

Nayla Comair-Obeid C.Arb

President 2017

Professor Dr Nayla Comair-Obeid C.Arb is the founding partner of Obeid Law Firm in Beirut, Lebanon and heads the firm's dispute resolution practice.  

Over the course of her 30-year career in litigation and international arbitration, Professor Comair-Obeid has been, and continues to be, involved in the most significant litigation and arbitration disputes in the market.

Professor Comair-Obeid has been systematically identified as one of the world’s leading practitioners in the field of international arbitration and dispute resolution by prominent legal publications worldwide. Nayla has been referred to as “one of the most remarkable people in arbitration”.

Professor Comair-Obeid lectures on international commercial arbitration at the Lebanese University, and has also taught alternative dispute resolution at multiple international academic institutions.  Her areas of expertise cover international business law, Islamic Finance, and Middle Eastern legislations.

Professor Comair-Obeid regularly serves as counsel and arbitrator in Arabic, French and English language arbitrations conducted both ad hoc and under a variety of international arbitration rules.  

She is often called upon as a legal expert on various aspects of Middle Eastern legislations in foreign courts and in arbitral proceedings.  She has and continues to hold positions in many of the major international arbitration and professional institutions, and is the former chair of the board of trustees of CIArb.

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).

James Bridgeman C.Arb

James Bridgeman, C.Arb

Deputy President 2017

James Bridgeman is a practising barrister, Chartered Arbitrator and certified mediator. He holds practising certificates as a barrister both in Ireland and in England and Wales.

His practice, with a focus on civil and commercial litigation, international arbitration and ADR is based at the Law Library Dublin and Lamb Chambers London.

He is a member of the ICSID panel of arbitrators and conciliators nominated by the Irish government. He has received appointments in international disputes from WIPO (Geneva), ICC (Paris), CIArb (London), NAF (Minneapolis, MN) CAC (Prague) and KLRCA (Kuala Lumpur).

He is an accredited mediator (Mediators Institute of Ireland) and served for a number of years on the Council of the Mediators Institute of Ireland, including a term as Vice-Chair.

He is a member of the ADR Committee of the Bar Council of England & Wales (formerly known as the ADR sub-committee).

He is an associate lecturer on the Diploma in Construction Law and Contract Administration, Trinity College Dublin.

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