Partner Lubna S. Katbeh is a practicing attorney with more than 17 years of experience in Palestine, working in legislative drafting, banking and finance, litigation, contracts, consultation, alternative dispute resolution (ADR), and project management of rule of law projects. Ms. Katbeh is currently a Court Member of the International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), representing Palestine. With extensive experience in legal structure, Ms. Katbeh is well acquainted with the local and international legal and judicial systems.
Ms. Katbeh also lectures at Birzeit University, teaching such classes as ADR and Legal Drafting.
Previously working with the Palestinian Monetary Authority as Legal Counsel and Secretary of the Board of Directors, Ms. Katbeh was responsible for overseeing the drafting of major economic laws and regulations, including the 2009 Banking Law, the Central Bank Law, and numerous other regulations pertaining to money exchange and microfinance.
Ms. Katbeh is very involved with commercial arbitration representing clients in local, regional, and international arbitration, and lecturing at numerous forums and international conferences related to arbitration, trade and economic development. In 2012, Ms. Katbeh directed a workshop in collaboration with ICC and the Secretary General of the UN Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) on Palestinian Arbitration Law and the Model UNCITRAL Law. As head of ICC Palestine Arbitration Commission, she is leading efforts for the new draft Palestinian arbitration law.
Empowering women in business, Ms. Katbeh is a member of the Arab Women Legal Network and the Business Women Forum.
Ms. Katbeh holds an LLM in Banking and Financial Laws from the University of London, Queen Mary College, and a Post Graduate Diploma in International Commercial Arbitration from the School of International Arbitration. She is fluent in Arabic and English.