Mayssam Al Noueiri is the first woman to hold the position of Director-General of the Ministry of Justice.
She holds the following degrees:
A diploma in French and Lebanese law from Saint Joseph University, 1971
An MA degree in political science from the American University, 1972
A diploma in comparative law from the French Institute for Comparative Law, 1974
A graduate diploma in law from Saint Joseph University, 1979
A diploma in Spanish language from the Instituto Cervantes de Beirut, 1982
A diploma in German language from the Goethe-Institute Lebanon, 1984
She is fluent in Arabic, French, English, Spanish, and German.
After graduating, she practiced law from 1972 to 1976.
She joined the judicial staff in 1976, and progressed through several judicial positions. She was a consultant for the Court of Appeals for the chamber hearing commercial cases in Beirut (1981-2000), then the acting President of the Court of Appeals for the chamber hearing commercial cases in Beirut (2000-2003), and then president of the ninth chamber of the Court of Appeals in Beirut (2003-2014).
On 19 May 2014, she was appointed Director-General of the Ministry by virtue of Decree No. 11594.
Since 2008, she also teaches at the university level; she is a lecturer in the subject of commercial law at the Lebanese University and at Saint Joseph University. She also teaches a preparatory course for the entrance exam to the Judicial Studies Institute.
She is a founding member of the Arab Women’s Legal Network, a regional association established in Amman in 2005, and was a member of its Board of Directors until 2009. She was also a member of the International Association of Women Judges from 2005 to 2010, and was a founding member of the Lebanese League for Women in Business.
She has published numerous legal and judicial studies in Arabic, French, and English in specialised journals.