Dr Nayla Comair-Obeid is a founding partner of Obeid Law Firm. She holds a PhD in Business Law with first class honours from Université Paris II - Assas, and is professor of International Arbitration at the Faculty of Law of the Lebanese University and at the Lebanese Judicial Institute. She is also a visiting professor at the University of Paris II Panthéon-Assas in France.
Dr Comair-Obeid is a chartered arbitrator of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb). She also holds positions in major arbitration and professional institutions. Dr Comair-Obeid is vice chair of the Arbitration committee in the International Bar Association (IBA), trustee for the Middle East and Indian Sub-Continent in the CIArb board of trustees and vice chair of the CIArb board of trustees, member of the Council of the Institute of World Business Law of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) in Paris, member of the legal committee of the board of directors of the Lebanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and former commissioner of the United Nations Compensation Commission (UNCC) in Geneva.
Dr Comair-Obeid has served as counsel, chairman, sole arbitrator, or party-appointed arbitrator in over 80 ad hoc and institutional arbitrations in Arabic, French and English. She also regularly provides expert advice on matters involving the interpretation and application of Middle Eastern legislations. Dr Comair-Obeid is the author of numerous publications on the topics of international arbitration and business law in the Middle East.
Despite the lockdown and its impact on court activities, decisions have been handed down by judges of summary proceedings in an attempt to restore the rule of law in response to the de facto capital controls imposed by local banks. This article provides an overview of the judicial measures adopted in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and an overview of court decisions rendered against local banks.