Born in Benghazi in 1950, Dr. Sami Salem El-Atrash gained his legal qualifications in 1974 at the Libyan University (Garyounis) before joining his father, Advocate Salem El-Atrash, in legal practice in his Benghazi law offices. He worked as an advocate before Benghazi First Instance Court before being admitted to appear before the Appeal Court in 1978. During this period, he gained experience in civil, criminal, commercial and administrative fields, representing Libyan and foreign individuals as well as companies, in particular, several Greek, British, Italian and Lebanese individuals and firms in various areas of law.
As an Appeal Court lawyer, he continued to gain experience and expertise until the promulgation of law 4/81 and its closure of private law offices in 1981. At this time, Dr. El-Atrash took the opportunity to further his experience by working in Europe as a legal advisor to both foreign and national companies and individuals in cooperation with other Arab advocates, including the Arab Advocates Office in Beirut.
From 1982 until 1990, Dr. El-Atrash undertook postgraduate research in the Department of Public International Law at Glasgow University in the United Kingdom, where he was awarded the degrees of Master of Laws in 1986 and Doctor of Philosophy in 1990.
From 1990 to 1997, Dr. El-Atrash provided legal services to foreign and national companies and individuals through the overseas office of El-Atrash Law Firm in Athens before its relocation to the Republic of Malta in 1997. In 2004 Dr. El-Atrash opened El-Atrash Law Office in First September Street in Tripoli, which moved to its current premises in Al-Talajat Bridge, Al-Saraj Area in 2009.
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