Academy Fellow, International Security Department
Joyce Hakmeh
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Joyce Hakmeh is a legal and development expert in the MENA region with extensive experience advising on cooperation and communication for private, government and international actors.

Prior to joining Chatham House, Joyce was head of cooperation and partnership of the Al-Iktissad Wal-Aamal Group. Over the past year, she led an initiative with the Lebanese Special Investigation Commission and the Cybercrime Bureau on fighting cybercrime. Previously, Joyce was a senior visiting professional at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon working with the victims unit. She led several legal development projects for UNDP, IFRC and regional NGOs and advised the Lebanese prime minister’s office on advocacy and outreach. She has a rich experience in resource mobilization and she acted as ambassador to the European Commission’s initiative on reforming aid mechanism.

Joyce is a Chevening scholar, she holds a BS in Business from the Lebanese American University and an MA in International Law from SOAS.


  • Rule of law and good governance
  • Cybercrime
  • International criminal justice
  • International humanitarian response
  • International aid


2015-16Head of Cooperation and Partnership, Al-Iktissad Wal-Aamal
2014Senior Visiting Professional, Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL)
2013Regional Legal Expert, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)
2011 and 2014Communication and Advocacy Advisor, UNDP, Lebanese Prime Minister’s Office
2010-12Head of Research and Development Unit, Arab Center for the Rule of Law and Integrity (ACRLI)
2011-13Civil Society Ambassador of the Neighbourhood Region, European Commission
2008-10Programme Associate, UNDP, Programme on Governance in the Arab Region
2006-08Projects’ Manager, Arab Center for the Rule of Law and Integrity (ACRLI)



  • English (broadcast)
  • Arabic (broadcast)
  • French (broadcast)
  • Italian (not for broadcast)

'An overview on legal information building and sharing in the Arab world', Innovations in Rule of Law report, 2012, The Hague Institute for the Internationalisation of Law (HiiL) and the World Justice Project