Alia Berti Zein
Associated organisations: 
International Organization
Law Firm
Field(s) of expertise: 
Personal Status Codes
Areas of Impact: 
Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions

Personal information

Alia Berti Zein

Contact information (Private)

+961 9 925159 & +961 9 915888
+961 3 377088

Contact information (Work)

Zein Law Firm
+961 1 336060 & +961 1 337070
+961 3 377288

Work history

Previous Professions: 
  • Lawyer, 1967 - present, Beirut Bar Association.
  • President, 2008 - present, Lebanese National Committee, International Association of Lawyers.
  • Counselor of the President, 2002- 2004, International Association of Lawyers.
  • President, 1998 -2005, Commission on the Legal Status of Women, International Association of Lawyers.

Major Achievements

Publications (Books, Articles, Reports, etc.): 
  • Berti Zein, A. (2003). Women’s rights and international conventions: Result and perspectives. New York: United Nations.
  • Berti Zein, A. (2003). Loi et religion: L'influence de la religion sur les droits de la femme[Law and religion: The influence of religion on women’s rights]. Brussels: Bruylant Edition.
  • Berti Zein, A. (2002). Houqouq al-mar'a fi loubnan (Barnamage al-maharat al-hayatiya al-asasiya) [Women’s rights in Lebanon (The Basic Living Skills Project). Beirut: Institute for Women's Studies in the Arab World at the Lebanese American University.
  • Berti Zein, A. (2001). Le droit à la différence selon la religion [The Right to difference according to religion]. European Bars Federation.
Major achievements: 
  • President of the Commission in charge of the 100 years jubilee of the Beirut Bar Association, since 2014.
  • Member of the Association “Women in front” since its foundation in 2013.
  • Member of the Catholic Episcopal Commission for the amendment of the Oriental Canonic law in 2011.
  • Speaker in the 2nd World Congress on Middle Eastern Studies in Jordan, 2006.
  • Speaker in the Summit of the International Association of Lawyers at the United Nations in New York, 2003.
  • Delegate of the Beirut Bar Association to the Commission on the Status of Women at the United Nationsin New York, 1998 - 2000.
  • Speaker and delegate of the Beirut Bar Association to the yearly Congress of the International Association of Lawyers in the world, 1997 - 2009.
  • Speaker and delegate of the Beirut Bar Association and YWCA to the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, 1995.


  • Order of Merit of the Maronite League, rank of Commander, 2017.
  • “Woman of the year” by the Cultural Movement of Antelias, 2014.
  • The Golden Medal of the Beirut Bar Association, 2003.

Competences & Skills

Field(s) of Expertise: 
  • Personal Status Laws 
  • Women's Rights 
  • Human Rights
  • Arabic
  • French
  • English