Shakib Qortbawi

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Shakib Qortbawi
Minister of Justice
In office
13 June 2011 – 15 February 2014
Prime Minister Najib Mikati
Preceded by Ibrahim Najjar
Succeeded by Ashraf Rifi
Personal details
Born 1945 (age 71–72)
Nationality Lebanese
Political party Free Patriotic Movement
Alma mater Saint Joseph University
Religion Christian

Shakib Qortbawi (born 1945) is a Lebanese businessman and politician. He served as the minister of justice between June 2011 and February 2014.

Early life and education[edit]

Qortbawi was born in 1945 into a Maronite family.[1][2] He received a bachelor's degree in law from Saint Joseph University in 1967.[3]


Qortbawi was the president of Beirut bar association from 1995 to 1997.[3] Then he began to serve as a member of the legal commission to the Lebanese cabinet and legal commission for the modernization and unification of laws at the ministry of justice.[1] His tenure lasted from 2001 to 2004. In April 2001, he cofounded the Qornet Shehwan Gathering together with nearly thirty Christian politicians.[4] However, after the general elections held in 2000, he left the bloc.[4] He was a member of the national committee of the civil center for national initiative, which was founded by Lebanese politicians and intellectuals in July 2007.[5]

On 13 June 2011, he was appointed minister of justice to Najib Mikati's cabinet.[6][7][8] Qortbawi succeeded Ibrahim Najjar as justice minister.[9] Qortbawi was part of the change and reform bloc and the March 8 coalition within the cabinet.[2][10] And he is a member of the Free Patriotic Movement, headed by Michel Aoun.[11]

Qortbawi's term as justice minister ended on 15 February 2014 when Ashraf Rifi succeeded him in the post.[12]


  1. ^ a b "Shakib Qortbawi". Beirut. Retrieved 5 October 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Khazen, Malek Fady. "New Lebanese Government". Khazen. Retrieved 5 October 2012. 
  3. ^ a b "Lineup of Mikati's 30". The Daily Star. 14 June 2011. Retrieved 25 January 2013. 
  4. ^ a b "Qornet Shehwan Gathering" (PDF). Middle East Mirror. Retrieved 14 April 2013. 
  5. ^ "'The Lebanese people will not fight each other'". The Daily Star. 7 March 2008. Retrieved 13 March 2013. 
  6. ^ El Basha, Thomas (13 June 2011). "Mikati forms 30-member Lebanon Cabinet". The Daily Star. Beirut. Retrieved 5 October 2012. 
  7. ^ "The Cabinet". Embassy of Lebanon Washington DC. Retrieved 24 October 2012. 
  8. ^ "Lebanon's New Cabinet" (PDF). International Foundation for Electoral Systems. Retrieved 4 March 2013. 
  9. ^ "New justice minister says he will not engage in vengeful behavior". The Daily Star. Beirut. 21 June 2011. Retrieved 23 March 2013. 
  10. ^ "The New Lebanese Government" (Assessment Report). Lebanese Information Center. July 2011. Retrieved 13 October 2012. 
  11. ^ Lakkis, Hassan (29 March 2012). "Cabinet agrees to lease electricity-generating ships, build power plants". The Daily Star. Retrieved 5 October 2012. 
  12. ^ "Lebanese cabinet formed after 10-month stalemate". Al Arabiya. 15 February 2014. Retrieved 18 February 2014. 

Political offices
Preceded by
Ibrahim Najjar
Minister of Justice
2011 – 2014
Succeeded by
Ashraf Rifi