Dr. Nayla Comair-Obeid poses for a picture in her office in Beirut, Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mahmoud Kheir)
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"It would have been easier to work outside [the Middle East] as a woman," Nayla Comair-Obeid said as she sat up a little straighter in her chair.That "gap" is arbitration, a legal practice that the 57-year-old lawyer has been pushing as an alternative method of dispute resolution to litigation, one that is heavily overlooked in the region.When she began her law studies at the Sorbonne in Paris, she envisioned herself ending up as a judge because she "wanted a more just society". But it was arbitration that caught her eye, something she saw as an efficient form of justice that was badly needed in Lebanon, where she always planned to settle down and practice. While solving a legal dispute through the traditional court route can take five to 10 years, arbitration can solve the issue in around two months to two years.
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