Born in Sulaymaniyah, Iraq, Dr. Salam Abdullah Ahmed received his law degree from Baghdad University, College of Law (Iraq) and holds a master’s degree and a Ph.D in international law from the University of Paris (France). He was called to the Iraqi Bar Association in 1991, the Kurdistan Bar Association in 1994 and the Paris Bar Association in 1996.
In addition to his lengthy resume as a dual qualified French-Iraqi lawyer and Middle East specialist, Dr Abdullah advises major international firms about projects in Iraq and has an intimate knowledge of the federal and regional legislation pursuant to which contracts in Iraq are conceived and enforced. He has also lent his expertise to public authorities, international organizations and diplomatic representatives in areas such as the rule of law and judiciary reforms in Iraq and in the Middle East. He has been the senior legal advisor of the Sulaimanyah Chamber of Commerce and Industry since 2014.
Dr Abdullah has lectured as an assistant professor at Saint Thomas University and University de Moncton (Canada). He often appears on international media programs as a Middle Eastern specialist. Dr Abdullah is the author of many articles on Iraqi law issues and has published articles in Tax Notes International, Tax Analysts (USA), Inner Temple Yearbook (U.K.), and Hawlati (Iraq), among others. He also published a monograph on labour law in Iraq with Wolters Kluwer and an introduction to Iraq business law with Thomson Reuters, Westlaw Gulf.
Having lived, studied and worked in several different countries, Dr. Abdullah is comfortable working in four languages: French, English, Arabic and Kurdish.