Who Is She

Personal information

Elisabeth Zakharia Sioufi

Contact information / Work

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  • L.L.B., in Law, Saint Joseph University, Lebanon.
  • Bachelor's Degree, Sociology, Université de Lyon, France.

Areas of expertise

  • Corporate Law
  • Human Rights Law
  • International Law
  • International Criminal Law
  • Arabic
  • French
  • English

Work history

  • Lawyer, 1980 – Present, Beirut Bar Association
  • Director of the Institute for Human Rights of the Beirut Bar Association
  • Consultant – Ministry of Human Rights Affairs (2017-2018)
  • Consultant – Defence Office of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon
  • Lecturer at the Faculty of religious sciences – Saint Joseph University
  • Trainer on human rights, international humanitarian law, international criminal law

Honorary office and memberships

  • President of the Human Rights Commission of the International Association of Lawyers (Union Internationale des Avocats), awarded in 2018 for “Best Commission of the Year”
  • Awarded by the USA in 2014 for combating trafficking in persons
  • Awarded as trainer by the Internal Security Forces - Lebanon


Major achievements: 
  • Wrote articles highlighting human rights issues such as: organ donation and human rights, protection of children against violence and during armed conflicts, role of professional associations in promoting human rights, human rights in places of detention, implementation of international conventions, manual on combating trafficking in persons, handbook on indicators of trafficking in persons, patients’ rights.
  • Participated as speaker in workshops, seminars, roundtables, conferences in Lebanon and abroad.
  • Active member in several national steering committees working on prevention of torture, child protection, migrant workers, combating trafficking in persons, unregistered children, preventing violent extremism.
  • Training on human rights in places of detention, rights of vulnerable groups, proceedings before international criminal courts, implementation of international conventions of human rights, legal assistance to victims of trafficking and other violations of human rights, refugees and asylum seekers, prevention of torture.

Awards and Distinctions

  • Won the Golden Medal of the Beirut Bar Association, Beirut, 2018.