Since 2006, CLDP, in coordination with the Bahrain Chamber for Dispute Resolution (BCDR) and the Center for International Legal Education (CILE) of the University of Pittsburgh, along with other international resource partners, have worked to increase the capacity of litigation lawyers and arbitrators in the Middle East, through participation in the International Commercial Arbitration Moot, called the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot.
Since 2004, CLDP has been collaborating with governments in the Arabian Peninsula to support bilateral and multilateral trade agreements and to modernize the commercial legal system in the region.
Secretary Pritzker highlighted CLDP’s work in Tunisia in her keynote address at the Investment and Entrepreneurship Conference in Tunis on March 6. CLDP’s recent work on franchising, franchise finance, and public procurement were given as examples of Commerce programs “aimed at deepening the partnership between our nations.”
CLDP staff received the Commerce Gold Medal for multi-phase programs with Iraq’s key judicial and legislative institutions on the importance of international arbitration for attracting investment and trade. CLDP’s joint programming with the Iraqi government ultimately led to Iraq’s intention to join the ICSID convention and its courts adoption of international principles to recognize international arbitration agreements under Iraqi law.
In the context of the President's Power Africa Initiative, “Understanding Power Purchase Agreements” brings together insights from government, financial and private sector experts to identify best practices for structuring and balancing power project contracts.
CLDP began implementation of its joint-commercial law training with Singapore for ASEAN participants. The Third Country Training Program falls under the auspices of a memorandum of understanding between the Department of State and Singapore's Ministry of Foreign Affairs. CLDP's first course focused on trade facilitation.
CLDP in Action
On March 23-25, 2015, CLDP facilitated a discussion with Afghan lawmakers on legislative frameworks for commercial alternative dispute resolution (ADR) in Afghanistan.
CLDP will sponsor the travel of a team from the University of Sarajevo Faculty of Law and the University of Zenica Faculty of Law to attend the 22nd Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot...
On March 26 - April 2, CLDP will sponsor Vis Moot teams from Tunisia and the Republic of Iraq to compete in the 22nd Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot.
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CLDP's mission is to improve the legal environment for doing business in developing and transitional countries around the globe and thereby foster greater political stability and economic opportunity for local entrepreneurs and U.S. companies alike.