Sonia Ibrahim Atiyah

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Sonia Ibrahim Atiyah

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Personal information

Attorney at Law

Contact information (private)

961 1 398342 & 961 1 423034
961 1 398380
Mobile phone: 
961 3 767611
Personal email address:

Contact information (work)

Zaghloul Atiyah & Sonia Ibrahim Law Firm
16- 6559
Postal code: 
Beirut – Achrafieh 1100 2130
961 1 423034 & 961 1 422301
961 1 398380
Mobile phone: 
961 3 767611
Work email address:


Master's degree, law, 1963, Lebanese University, Lebanon.
Undergraduate studies (Sophomore), Economics, 1956, Beirut University College (currenly the Lebanese American University), Lebanon.
High School Diploma, 1953, Evangelical High School of Zahleh, Lebanon.

Areas of Expertise

Commercial Law
Civil Law
Human Rights
Personal Status Laws
Women's Rights

Work history

Attorney at Law, 1965 - present, Zaghloul Atiyah & Sonia Ibrahim Law Firm.

Honorary office and memberships

Elected member in the Council of the Beirut Bar Association (three terms): 1987, 1991, 2003.

Member of the Committee of Professional Ethics of the Beirut Bar Association, 1999 - 2009.

Member of the Disciplinary Judicial Council of the Beirut Bar Association, 2003 - 2009.

Vice President of the Lebanese Council of Women, 1991 - 1995, and its former legal consultant.

Member of the Lebanese National Block Party, 1974 - present; and former member of the council and executive committee of the party (1991 - 2004).

Member of the National Coalition for the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women, 1999 - present.


Publications highlights: 
  • Atiyah, S. (2005). Proposed procedures to fight discrimination against women in marriage and inheritance. Al-Raida, XXIII , 111-112, 27-30.
Major achievements: 
  • Author of several articles and proposals on legal, economical , political and social issues, published in Lebanese magazines and newspapers.
  • Author of a comparative study of the personal status laws of the different religious sects and statute of the family in Lebanon, 1982.
  • Author of several papers presented at major conferences and events focusing on issues such as discrimination against women in laws, customs and practice (1983); amendments in laws that discriminate against women; and professional conduct (ethics) (1999).
  • Proposed to the Lebanese Cabinet, Members of Parliament, and Minister of Justice, five draft new laws that lead to the empowerment of women, with supporting arguments in 1998, 2004, and 2008.
  • Proposed a progressive draft electoral law with supporting arguments, to the Lebanese Cabinet and Members of Parliament, 1994.
  • Prepared, with a group of lawyers, a proposal for civil legislation in matters of personal Status.
  • Collaborated with other lawyers from the Beirut Bar Association to prepare Al-Wathiqa al-loubnaniya [the Lebanon document] to eliminate all forms of discrimination against women.
  • Collaborated with other lawyers and judges members of the Advisory Board of the League of Lebanese Women's Rights which proposed amendments to provisions that are inconsistent with stipulations of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), March 1999.

Awards and Distinctions

Honorary trophy (Beirut Bar Association), 2008.

Honorary trophy (Federation of Arab Lawyers), 2008.

Certificate of recognition (Federation of Arab Lawyers), 1993.