As the Managing Partner of Hage-Chahine Law Firm, Najib Hage-Chahine oversees all aspects of its operations and its educational initiatives for younger attorneys.
He has supervised the recent restructuring of the firm that aimed to introduce the use of cutting edge legal technology and implement a new system for the delivery of legal services.
Najib Hage-Chahine is a dual-qualified lawyer in Lebanon and France.
He holds the prestigious title of Agrégé of the French Faculties of Law which is the highest academic recognition that is bestowed upon French Law Practitioners and is a Professor of Private Law at the Faculty of Law and Political Sciences at Saint-Joseph University in Beirut and a Visiting Professor at Université Paris 2 Panthéon-Assas in Paris.
He currently serves as the President of the Lebanese International Arbitration Center of the Beirut Bar Association.
Najib Hage-Chahine is routinely solicited to handle complex cross border disputes and international business transactions. He often acts for foreign companies who aim to do business in the Middle East and handles incorporation, acquisitions, commercial contracts, closing down of subsidiaries and establishing joint ventures. He also provides in-depth legal consultations on comparative law and regional compliance.
As an experienced litigator and a listed arbitrator, he specializes in domestic and international disputes arising out of a contract. His expertise encompasses cross-border enforcement of court decisions and arbitral awards as well as investor-state dispute settlements. He is well-versed in issues of sovereign immunity and emanation of state and has demonstrated the ability to deliver indisputable results in matters involving foreign governments and international institutions.
His expertise has been recognized globally and reflected in leading legal directories. He was recently recognized as the Young Lawyer of the Year and as a finalist for Managing Partner of the Year in the 2021 edition of the Thomson Reuters ALB Middle East Legal Awards.
In 2021, Najib Hage-Chahine became the first Lebanese Lawyer to be recognized as a Global Leader in Commercial Litigation by Who's Who Legal.
In 2022, he was named by Thomson Reuters ALB as one of MENA Super 50 Lawyers.
The Legal 500 describes Najib Hage-Chahine as "one of the most brilliant legal minds of his generation" and "one the most recognizable private law experts in Lebanon".
According to the Legal 500, he is known for his “encyclopedic knowledge of the law” and his “uncanny ability to find creative solutions to complicated issues” (The Legal 500 – Lebanon, Dispute Resolution).
Who's Who Legal describes Najib Hage-Chahine as "one of the most brilliant legal minds in the Middle East" and "the go-to-strategist for high-profile cross-border litigation" (Who's Who Legal - 2021 Global Guide on Commercial Litigation).
Najib Hage-Chahine has earned a PHD in Private Law from Université Paris 2 Panthéon-Assas, a LL.M. from Harvard Law School, a Master 2 in Private Law from Saint-Joseph University, a Master 2 in Criminal Law from Lyon 3-Jean Moulin University, a Master 1 in Business Law from Lyon 3-Jean Moulin University and a LLB in Lebanese Law from Saint-Joseph University.
He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitration (FCIArb) and a member of several prominent international arbitration organisations.
He has numerous publications in the fields of Alternative Dispute Resolution, Arbitration, Civil Law, Contract law, Commercial Law, Private International Law, Mediation, and Tort Law. He has published one of the most comprehensive legal studies on international commercial agencies in the Arab Countries and has written an award-winning PHD thesis in Private Law.
He is fluent in Arabic, French and English.
Najib Hage-Chahine currently serves as the President of the Harvard Alumni Association of Lebanon (HUAAL).
“One of the most brilliant legal minds in the Middle East". – Who’s Who Legal.
“The go-to strategist for high-profile cross-border litigation." – Who’s Who Legal.
“One of the most recognizable private law experts in Lebanon”. - The Legal 500.
“One of the most brilliant legal minds of his generation”. - The Legal 500.
“Known for his encyclopedic knowledge of the law and his technical approach”. - The Legal 500.
“An outstanding lawyer with a deep knowledge of Local, Regional and French laws”. - The Legal 500.
“His encyclopedic knowledge of the laws of multiple jurisdictions and his uncanny ability to find creative solutions to complicated issues make him an extremely efficient attorney”. - The Legal 500.
“Extremely responsive and very tech-savvy”. - The Legal 500.
Member of the Comité Français de l’Arbitrage (CFA)
Recommended Arbitration Expert – The Global Law Experts 2020
Recommended Dispute Resolution Expert – Advisory Excellence 2020
Payment of debts denominated in a foreign currency", World Arbitration Review, 2022, n˚51-52
Résolution – Résiliation, Rép. Civ. Dalloz, 2021
A decade of Arab Spring arbitrations: claims, defencss, and enforcement challenges – Paris Arbitration Week – March 2023
How to successfully manage your first arbitration appointment – ICC YAAF Conference Abu Dhabi – February 23, 2023
Dispute Resolution Landscape amidst Setback in Lebanon – ICC YAAF Conference Beirut – December 21, 2022
Payment of Debts Denominated in a Foreign Currency – CEDROMA Cycle of Conferences – November 4, 2022
Sustainability and Dispute Resolution, Die Jurnada Globalny De Les Liberties Technologicae Para a Digital Humanismus, Second Digital Day - March 11, 2022