Lawyer Nada Abdelsater speaks during an interview with The Daily Star in Beirut, Friday, June 6, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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This is part of a series of weekly articles interviewing pioneering Lebanese women from various sectors.It was time to end the "mountain of terror and subjugation" that had smothered Lebanon for decades, said Abdelsater, who, along with two of her colleagues, is representing the interests of the victims at trial.The international lawyer is also the chairperson of the Lebanese Transparency Association, a member of the Maronite League, a managing partner of ASAS Law Firm, and a former law lecturer at the American University of Beirut.Now, Abdelsater is chairperson of the LTA and has her own law firm.After accepting a request to represent the family, Abdelsater, in cooperation with other victims' lawyers, called for the creation of an international tribunal in a request to Lebanon's head of the judiciary and to the permanent members of the U.N. Security Council.She would later be appointed by the STL as one of three lawyers representing the interests of over 60 victims involved in the trial. Whether in Lebanon or elsewhere, men are often condescending at first when addressing female colleagues, and some are insecure in the presence of highly qualified women, she adds.
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