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Kamel Maghur

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Role  Politician

Kamel Hassan Maghur (Arabic:كامل حسن المقهور) g(1 January 1935 – 2002) was a Libyan lawyer and short book writer. He obtained his law Degree in Cairo, Egypt, in 1957.


Born in Dahra, Tripoli, Libya in 1935, Maghur spent his childhood between Dahra and Cairo where he attended school. He was married to Ms. Suhir Elgheryani (A leading Libyan Educator and Social Advocate) and had seven children (four boys and three girls).

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Maghur obtained his law degree in Cairo, Egypt, in 1957, after which he returned to his native homeland, Libya, to take up practice. Two years later, he was appointed assistant legal advisor for the state of Tripolitania. In 1969 he was appointed a judge at the Court of Appeals, then a Supreme Court judge in 1970.

In the 1970s, his career took a diplomatic turn, and he served as ambassador to the UN in New York, Canada, France and (the first Libyan ambassador to) China.

In 1982, he represented Libya before the International Court of Justice at the Hague in the Continental Shelf case between Libya and neighboring Tunisia (over of the maritime delimitation), and again in 1991 as head of the defense team in the Libya/Chad Territorial dispute.

In 1989, he returned to law and opened his own law firm of MAGHUR & PARTNERS in Tripoli.

In 1997, he represented Libya in the UN conference to establish an International Criminal Tribunal. And in 1998 he headed delegation to the UN to negotiate a solution to the Lockerbie matter and an end to the UN sanctions on Libya. He eventually became the leading lawyer in the defense team at the Lockerbie case.

In the mid 1980s, he was Minister for Petroleum and head of OPEC. Thereafter he was Minister for Foreign Affairs.

Maghur was one of the pioneers of short stories in Libya. He had been writing since the 1950s.

He had a total of eight books published, with his last two books released in July 2000.

He was also the legal advisor in the negotiations over the closure of foreign military bases in Libya, and those between the Libyan government and the oil companies over more equitable relationships.

He received a number of decorations and was a Member of the Royal Academy of Morocco.


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