Academy Fellow, International Security Department
Joyce Hakmeh
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Joyce Hakmeh is a legal and development expert working on the Middle East and North Africa region since 2006. Her areas of expertise include cybercrime, rule of law, good governance, international criminal justice, and international aid.

She is currently an Academy fellow with the International Security Department at Chatham House looking at cybercrime legislation in the Gulf countries. Prior to this position, Joyce worked for different organizations including UNDP, IFRC, the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, as well as for NGOs and media organizations. Additionally, Joyce acted as ambassador to the European Commission’s initiative on reforming aid mechanism and advised the Lebanese prime minister’s office on cooperation and outreach. In 2015, Joyce led an initiative on fighting cybercrime with the Lebanese Investigation Commission as well as with the cybercrime bureau of the Lebanese police.

Joyce is a Chevening scholar and received her Master’s from SOAS, the University of London.


  • Cybercrime
  • Rule of law and good governance
  • Middle East and North Africa
  • International criminal justice
  • 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