Hassan is a qualified lawyer in Lebanon since 2012. He is actively advising public and private institutions, including state entities and international private companies on corporate, commercial, and regulatory matters. He holds an LLM in Energy Law and Policy with Distinction from the University of Dundee - CEPMLP. Formerly, Hassan obtained his Master of Laws (Maîtrise en Droit) from the Lebanese University - “Filière Francophone de Droit” where he gained a thorough knowledge of civil laws in different jurisdictions including Europe. He worked with different local and international law firms with respect to projects in a number of MENA jurisdictions including Saudi Arabia, UAE, Iraq (i.e. Federal Iraq and Kurdistan), Egypt and Libya. Hassan actively participates in publications, conferences and professional trainings relating mainly to the energy sector. He closely deals with local authorities as well as intergovernmental organisations such as the Energy Charter in Brussels and the UN.
The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of using force majeure to repudiate the performance of burdensome contractual obligations that were undertaken before the pandemic. This article discusses Lebanon's approach with regard to the COVID-19 outbreak and its potential characterisation as a force majeure event by discussing recent developments and the general framework for force majeure under Lebanese law.
In 2017 Parliament passed Law 48 Regulating Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs). The law aims to attract foreign direct investment and bring specific expertise to Lebanon. Further, it institutes a legal framework that is, to a certain extent, in line with international standards and presents no particular red flags. This article analyses the new legal framework for PPPs in Lebanon, the relevant authorities and the law's advantages and limitations and showcases PPP projects which are currently underway.