Talk entitled ‘The future of Lebanon’. Chibli Mallat is a Professor of Law at St. Joseph University, a senior fellow at Yale Law School, and principal partner at Mallat Law Offices in Beirut. Chibli was an active member of the Cedar Revolution in February 2005 and is a strong supporter of voting rights for Lebanese abroad. He spearheaded the constitutional opposition to the extension of President Lahoud’s mandate in 1998 and 2004. As human rights advocate Chibli co-founded and coordinated organsations for democracy and judicial accountability in mass crimes in Iraq, and conducted judicial action leading to the indictment of Qaddafi for the disappearance of Imam Moussa Sadr in Libya. He won his case in the Belgian Courts against Ariel Sharon in 2001 before it was stopped by retroactive legislation. Chibli served as Director of the Centre for Islamic and Middle Eastern Law at the Universithy of London. He was a candidate to the Presidency of Lebanon.