Status: Member since 2008
Walid Nasser studied law at Saint
and graduated with Honors in 1975. He then obtained a Masters Degree in Law
(DEA) from Jean Moulin University
in Lyon, France,
and a Masters Degree in Law (LL.M.) from Harvard
Between 1977 and 1981 he practiced law in Beirut in the law
offices of Me. Edouard Karam. In 982, he left Lebanon
where he worked in the legal department of the Al-Ghanim Industries.
Between 1984 and 1985, he was associated with the New York Law firm of Paul
Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison. Between 1985 and 1993, he headed the
Middle East Anti-Piracy Operations of the Motion Picture Association of
America (“MPAA”). Thereafter, he served as the MPAA’s Deputy
General Counsel in the Head Office in Los
In 1997, he became the Acting General Counsel for the MPAA. At the end of
1997 he resigned from the MPAA and decided to return to his native country Lebanon,
where he resumed work in the law firm he had established in 1981.
Nasser is one of the drafters of the newly enacted copyright and patent
laws of Lebanon.
In addition, he drafted the Access and Benefit Sharing law, and the
biosafety decree for Lebanon.
Furthermore, he contributed to the drafting of the biodiversity section of
the special book on the environmental laws and regulations in Lebanon,
and authored a certain number of articles that were published in
international legal publications. Some of these articles include: “Transforming
Lebanon Into A Tax Haven”; “Reconstruction
of Lebanon”; “ Trademark Laws In The Middle East”.
Nasser is the Chairperson of the Intellectual Property Commission of the
International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) in Lebanon, and a member of the
Board of the Advisory Board of Initiative for Biodiversity Studies in
Arid Regions (IBSAR).
Nasser is licensed to practice law in Lebanon since 1975, and is a
member of the American Bar Association. He is also a partner with the law
firm of Hikmat Fayad in Dubai, United
Arab Emirates. He speaks five languages
(English, French, Arabic, Italian and some Turkish).