Nawaf Salam

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Nawaf Salam
Nawaf Salam addressing UN General Assembly.jpg
Nawaf Salam addressing the UN General Assembly
Permanent Representative of Lebanon to the United Nations
Assumed office
13 July 2007
Personal details
Born Nawaf Salam
(1953-12-15) 15 December 1953 (age 63)
Beirut, Lebanon
Nationality Lebanese
Occupation Diplomat

Nawaf Salam (Arabic: نواف سلام‎‎; born 15 December 1953) is a Lebanese diplomat, academic, and jurist. He is currently serving as Lebanon's Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York.[1]

Background and education[edit]

Son of Abdallah Salam and Reckat Beyhum, Nawaf was born into a prominent family from Beirut, Lebanon. His grandfather, Salim Salam, the leader of the “Beirut Reform Movement,” was elected deputy of Beirut to the Ottoman parliament in 1912. His uncle, Saeb Salam, fought for Lebanon’s independence from the French Mandate of Lebanon and subsequently served six times as Prime Minister of Lebanon between 1952 and 1973.[2] He is married to the journalist Sahar Baassiri and has two sons, Abdallah and Marwan.

Salam received a doctorate in Political Science from the Institut d'Études Politiques de Paris (1992),[3] an L.L.M. from Harvard Law School (1991),[4] and a doctorate in History from Sorbonne University (1979).[5]


From 1979 to 1981, Salam was a lecturer on the contemporary history of the Middle East at Sorbonne University. In 1981, he left Paris to spend an academic year as a visiting scholar at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University.[6] Between 1985 and 1989, he was a lecturer at the American University of Beirut,[7] during which time he also practiced law as an associate at the Takla law firm. He was a visiting researcher at the Harvard Law School from 1989 to 1990, and a foreign legal consultant at Edwards & Angell LLP [8] from 1989 to 1992. He resumed his practice at the Takla law firm in 1992 as well as his teaching of International Law and International Relations at the American University of Beirut. He was appointed as Visiting Associate Professor of Political Science in 2003, and later as Associate Professor of Political Science in 2005. From 2005 to 2006, he was the Chairman of the [9] Political Studies and Public Administration Department.[10]

Salam has also served as a member of the Executive Bureau of the Economic and Social Council of Lebanon from 1999 to 2002 [11] and as a member of the Lebanese National Commission of UNESCO from 2000 to 2004.[12] In 2005 and 2006, he was a member and Secretary General of The National Commission on Electoral Reform [13] which was entrusted with the task of preparing the draft of a new electoral law for Lebanon. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Lebanese Center for Policy Studies (LCPS).[14]

Permanent Representative of Lebanon to the United Nations[edit]

As of July 2007, he has been serving as Lebanon’s Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York.[15]

Salam’s mandate at the UN has been marked by his repeated interventions before the Security Council defending Palestinian National Rights, calling for security and stability in South Lebanon through the implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1701,[16] and for an end to impunity through the establishment of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon [17] in the matter of the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafic Hariri,[18] pursuant to United Nations Security Council resolution 1757.[19]

He represented Lebanon at the Security Council in 2010 and 2011, for Lebanon's two-year term as a non-permanent member. In May 2010 and September 2011, he held the rotating Presidency of the Security Council.

In June 2012, he was elected to serve as Vice-President of the 67th session of the General Assembly of the United Nations, effective September 2012.


Salam was awarded in 2012 the French Legion of Honour (Légion d'honneur) at the rank of Officer (Officier) by President Nicolas Sarkozy.[20][21]

Main Publications[edit]

Books and Booklets[edit]

  • Editor and Contributor: Le Moyen-Orient à l’Epreuve de l’Irak, Actes-Sud/Sindbad, Paris, 2005. ISBN 2-7427-5249-8 [22]
  • Editor and Contributor: Options for Lebanon, I.B.Tauris, London and New York, 2004. ISBN 1-85043-928-1 (Arabic version published by Dar An-Nahar ISBN 9953-10-003-9).[23]
  • Co-editor with Theodor Hanf and Contributor: Lebanon in Limbo, Nomos, Baden-Baden, 2003. ISBN 3-8329-0310-0 [24]
  • Co-editor with Fares Sassine, Lebanon. A Century in Pictures (Trilingual English-French-Arabic), Dar An-Nahar, Beirut, 2003. ISBN 2-84289-286-0 [25]
  • Civil Society in the Arab World: The Historical and Political Dimensions, Islamic Legal Studies Program, Harvard Law School, Occasional Publications, Cambridge, 2002. ISBN 0-88086-050-2 [26]
  • La condition libanaise. Communautés, citoyen, Etat; suivi de: La citoyenneté en pays d’Islam. Dar An-Nahar, Beirut, 1998. (2nd ed. 2001). ISBN 2-84289-099-X [27]
  • Mythes et Politiques au Liban. Trois Essais, Fiches du Monde Arabe, Beirut, 1987.
  • Prospects for Lebanon. An Essay on Political Opportunities and Constraints, C.L.S., Oxford, 1987. ISBN 1-870552-06-7

Chapters in books and articles in refereed journals[edit]

  • “Taif’s Dysfunctions and the Need for Constitutional Reform” in Youssef Choueiri, Breaking the Cycle: Civil Wars in Lebanon, Stacey International, London, 2007.
  • “Note sur le système confessionnel au Liban” in Abdel-Wahab Bouhdiba (ed.), Mélanges en l’honneur de Dominique Chevallier, Paris-Tunis, 2006, pp. 77–86.
  • “The War in Lebanon: its origins and courses” in Peter Molt and Helga Dickow, Comparing Cultures and Conflicts, Baden-Baden, 2006, pp. 290–299.
  • “The Emergence of Citizenship in Islamdom” in Arab Law Quarterly, Vol. 12, part 2, 1997, pp. 125–147.
  • “Between Repatriation and Resettlement: Palestinian Refugees in Lebanon” in Journal of Palestine Studies, Vol. XXIV/1, n° 93, 1994, pp. 18–27. (French version in Revue d'Etudes Palestiniennes [53] 1, automne 1994)
  • “Is the Exceptio non adimpleti contractus part of Lex Mercatoria?” Co-author with Philip D. O'Neill, Jr. in Emmanuel Gaillard (ed.), Transnational Rules in International Commercial Arbitration, International Chamber of Commerce/International Law Association, Paris, 1993, pp. 147–159.

External links[edit]


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  3. ^ "Sciences Po". Retrieved 2013-04-06. 
  4. ^ "Harvard Law School". Retrieved 2013-04-06. 
  5. ^ "Site officiel de l'Université Paris-Sorbonne (Paris IV)". Retrieved 2013-04-06. 
  6. ^ Feldman, Noah (2011-10-03). "Welcome | The Weatherhead Center for International Affairs". Retrieved 2013-04-06. 
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  8. ^ "Edwards Wildman". Retrieved 2013-04-06. 
  9. ^ "Aub - Pspa - Home". Retrieved 2013-04-06. 
  10. ^ "New Permanent Representative Of Lebanon Presents Credentials". Retrieved 2013-04-06. 
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  12. ^ "Home". Retrieved 2013-04-06. 
  13. ^ "NCEL members". Retrieved 2013-04-06. 
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  16. ^ [3] Archived 15 January 2009 at the Wayback Machine.
  17. ^ "Special Tribunal for Lebanon". Retrieved 2013-04-06. 
  18. ^ "Prime Minister Rafic Hariri - The Official Web Site". Retrieved 2013-04-06. 
  19. ^ "Nawaf Salam, Ambassador of Lebanon to the UN on the Investigation Commission - نواف سلام". YouTube. 2008-12-19. Retrieved 2013-04-06. 
  20. ^ "Twitter / franceonu: S.E.M. Nawaf Salam, Amb. du". Retrieved 2013-04-06. 
  21. ^ "Nawaf Salam décoré en grande pompe, à New York, de la Légion d’honneur | Politique Liban | L'Orient-Le Jour". Retrieved 2013-04-06. 
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