Boutros Harb
An Associate at Harb Law Office, Sandy’s practice has a particular focus on litigation especially in administrative law with hands-on experience in expropriation

Boutros Harb



Overview

Founder of Harb Law Firm in 1972, Boutros Harb is a prominent Lebanese lawyer, legislator and politician. He was elected Member of the Lebanese Parliament in 1972 and remained a deputy until 1992. He didn’t run for elections from 1992 till 1996 when he has been re–elected for four consecutive terms.  Me. Harb has also held the office of multiple ministries since the 1970’s and has been nominated as:

-Twice Minister of Education Culture Youth and Sports (1979-1981) and (1990-1992);
-Minister of Public Work and Transportation (1997-1981);
-Minister of Labor and Social Security (2010-2011);
-Minister of Telecommunication (2014-2016).

He has also been a member of the Lebanese parliament from 1972 until 2018.

Me Harb is a prominent speaker in several national and international conferences about constitutional laws, penal law, freedom of press and media, education, social security and labor law and telecommunication. He also presided several parliamentary and ministerial delegations to international conferences.

Me Harb delivered conferences on Constitutional Laws within the open University of U.S.T in Beirut.

POLITICAL POSITIONS:

Legislative Work:

  • Parliamentary Commissions:
  • -Member of the Parliamentarian Commission on Administration and Justice (from 1973 to 1979);
  • -Member of the Parliamentarian Commission on Foreign Affairs (from 1973 to 1979) ;
  • -Rapporteur of the Parliamentarian Commission on Foreign Affairs (from 1975 to 1979).
  • -Member of the Parliamentarian Commission on Defense (from 1973 to 1979);
  • -Rapporteur of the Parliamentarian Inquiry Commission on the “Crotal Scandal” (1973);
  • -Drafted more than 150 law proposals in the aim of introducing legal reforms and modernizing the country’s legislation, including:
  • -Law on Illegal Enrichment ;
  • -Law on Drugs ;
  • -Penal Code;
  • -Law on Emigrants;
  • -Amendments to the Labor Law;
  • -New Code of Penal Procedure;
  • -Amendments to the Law on Social Security ;
  • -Law on Retirement and Redundancy ;
  • -Law on Land Trade; and
  • -Law on the Establishment of an Independent Judiciary.
  • -Drafted and submitted several amendments to laws including laws related to the establishment of the constitutional council court.
  • -Law on E-commerce and electronic transactions.

 

Executive Office:

  • Minister of National Education and Fine Arts(1979 – 1981)
  • -After a period of cessation due to political and security instability, Me Harb re-established the first official baccalaureate program by putting together students from East and West Beirut during the civil war-period.
  • -Launched the “Flag Day” in all educational institutions across the country in the aim of uniting the Lebanese people around their flag during a period of fierce religious and political division. Flag Day has been celebrated every year since then.
  • -Created the Faculty of Engineering and launched the project to establish a Medical and Public Health Faculty within the Lebanese University.
  • -Made radical changes in the educational program.

 

  • Ministry of Public Work (1979 – 1981)

Initiate the rehabilitation of roads and highways, construction of bridges, and development of the Beirut International Airport (now known as Rafic Hariri International Airport).

  • Ministry of Labor and Social Security (2010 – 2011)

During his ministerial office, Me. Harb instigated:
-The project of retirement and Health care after retirement.

  • Ministry of Telecommunications (2014 – 2016)
  • -Decreased the prices of Internet and Telephone;
  • -Initiated vision 2020 to deploy Fiber-Optic all over Lebanon;
  • -Launched and executed the mobile 4G;
  • -Put an end to the fraud in selling the E.1s and the losses of the state incomes;
  • -Fought the illegal International communication;
  • -Fought the Illegal internet installations.

 

ACHIEVEMENTS:

Since 1972, Me. Harb has been a dedicated public servant and legislator.

He was the most prominent opponent of the death penalty in cases of murder convictions, and perhaps the most active parliamentarian in submitting motions of censure and questioning.

Me. Harb proposed to change the structure of the Constitutional Council to prevent political pressure on its members.

He proposed to change the law of the Supreme Court Council in order to require the government to nominate an investigator after the assassination of Gebran Tueni in 2005. Boutros Harb proposed a law related to electronic transaction and E-commerce and the protection of personal data that was recently voted by the parliament and is now implemented; in addition to changes to civil, commercial and penal laws.

In 1989, he participated and played a key role in the negotiations and the drafting of the “Taef Accord” particularly with respect to the system of communal power sharing, recovery of Lebanon’s sovereignty, and the regulation of the Syrian-Lebanese relations and the withdraw of the Syrian army from Lebanon.

In 1990, he was reappointed Minister of National Education and Fine Arts and improved the living conditions of its employees, as well as those of the instructors and professors at the Lebanese University. Among other things, he created the Ministry of Culture.

He was the first minister to abide by the law of Illicitly Accumulated Riches and accordingly submitted the report of his wealth to the Constitutional Council and declared his resignation if the President of the republic and the Prime minister and all ministers do not abide by this law which pushed all of them to submit reports of their wealth to the Constitutional Court.

He voted against the General Amnesty Law draft of 1991 in the cabinet, since it omitted all crimes perpetrated prior to the signature of the Taef Agreement and because it included drug trafficking.
In 1992, he refused to stand in the parliamentarian elections, since the Electoral Law contradicted the principle of national accord and before dismantling the militias.

He attended Arab and international meetings as a member of Lebanese delegations.

Between 1996 and 2000 he became an opposition leader in Lebanese political scene, vocalizing people’s fears and needs, and playing the role of the main watchdog of the government’s policies.

In June 2003, he founded the “Batroun Council for Regional Development,” whose goal is to rally voluntary support to develop and promote the district of Batroun in several fields, including agriculture, manufacturing, infrastructure, environment, social affairs, health, public education, culture, heritage, as well as research, studies and seminars in such fields. He is the acting president of the Council.

In September 2003, he co-established the “National Front for Reform,” with Presidents Hussein el Husseini, Salim el-Hoss, Omar Karamé, and MP’s Nayala Mouawad, MP Albert Mansour and the late MP Nassib Lahoud. The Front’s mission was to create an alternative forum to the then established political practices by tackling matters of primary importance to the Lebanese people, such as the Electoral Law, the efficiency of the Judiciary and social and economic policies.

He was elected as head of the Board Of Directors of the American University of Science and Technology (AUST).

As part of his work as an attorney and litigator, he launched a campaign against corruption and was the only parliamentary in the political history of Lebanon to be nominated as a member of the Corruption National Steering Committee to flight Corruption following an agreement between the government and the United Nations.

He stood against all repressions of liberty and freedom of speech and headed the campaign to re-launch the MTV television station by presenting a law proposal to reopen it, defended several journalists and newspapers including the leading Lebanese newspapers Annahar and Al-Safir, late Joubran Tueiny and Marcel Ghanem and Pierre Atallah.

Law Practice

  • -Founded Harb Law Firm in 1972

 

Areas of Expertise

  • -Constitutional Law
  • -General litigation and consulting
  • -Commercial and criminal litigation
  • -Civil Law
  • -Arbitration
  • -Media
  • -Telecommunication laws and regulations
  • -Public Policy
  • -Labor Law
  • -Intellectual Property
  • -Representing Banks, Universities and Colleges, Insurance companies and Multinational corporations of Maritime Transport.


Credentials

Education

  • Bachelor of Law (LL.B), University of Saint Joseph (USJ).
  • Doctor Honoris Causa, American University of Science and Technology (AUST).

 

Admissions
Member of the Beirut Bar since 1965

Languages
Arabic, English and French.