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Lawyering in the Time of Pandemics The MENA Women in Law Initiative

  • 03:30 PM - 04:30 PM
  • College of Law
  • Webex Events
The MENA Women in Law Initiative

This seminar will allow for a debate on the impact of COVID-19 on the legal profession and will focus on what it means to be a lawyer and provider of legal services in the new digital reality. In addition, HBKU’s College of Law will host the launch of a regional initiative for women lawyers that will enable the sharing of information and knowledge and the development of important professional relationships.  

Founded in early 2020 by leading women lawyers in Qatar, the MENA Women in Law Initiative is an informal network of women legal professionals. After collecting feedback from peers, the group elected to establish a platform spanning the entire MENA region seeking to transcend borders and diverse working practices and cultures, among other objectives, to foster innovative and supportive dialogue among women legal professionals. This initiative will also help prepare the region’s women lawyers to effectively tackle future challenges. 


Dr. Susan L. Karamanian, Dean, CL


Ms. Francoise Mouly, Co-founder of the Innovation Centre for Education (iCE) Doha LLC (G)
Dr. Julie Boisard-Pétrissans, Founder of ParteM Advisory
Dr. Oriane Ginies, Senior Legal Counsel at BeIN Sports
Ms. Asma Al Khulaifi, Trade Lawyer, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Qatar; CL, JD (2018)


Dr. Oriane Ginies is an international lawyer with 14 years of experience in governmental and private fields specialized in cybersecurity, data protection, and telecommunication regulation. A senior legal counsel for beIN Sports Qatar, she is also certified as a career and life coach, data privacy officer, and a speaker and author of numerous legal textbooks. 

Asma Al Khulaifi is a graduate of Georgetown School of Foreign Service, HBKU’s College of Law, and the Geneva Graduate Institute for International and Development Studies. She currently works at theMinistry of Commerce and Industry as a trade lawyer, where she advises on legal matters relating to Qatar’s membership at the World Trade Organization. Her law and policy experience also includes roles at Qatar’s Ministry of Education as well as the Education Above All Foundation, where she worked to defend education for all, especially the right to education for women and girls.

Francoise Mouly worked as a legal adviser in corporate finance in London, before completing a postgraduate degree in Art History.. Moving from London to Geneva, Barcelona and Amsterdam, and now Doha, she co-founded the Innovation Centre for Education (iCE) Doha LLC(G), a non-profit entity licensed by the Qatar Financial Centre Authority, focusing on driving innovative transformations in a wide array of areas, from legal technologies to interactive art.  

Dr. Julie Boisard-Pétrissans worked as a legal consultant in London and Paris, then joined LexisNexis (world-leader legal information and technologies service provider), where she focused on the MENA region as a business development manager and head of operations in Qatar. In 2019, she founded a consultancy, ParteM Advisory, with the aim of sharing her experience as an innovative entrepreneur in a multi-cultural environment.

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