CLDP supports programs and initiatives that encourage entrepreneurship, reduce soft barriers to trade, and generally enable legal environments conducive to the efficient conduct of business and economic growth.

Legislative Reform

CLDP supports government efforts to reform commercial laws through workshops and seminars for legal stakeholders that demonstrate how the development of laws that comply with international standards can stimulate economic growth. As an example, CLDP works on developing secured lending laws, which allow entrepreneurs to borrow on real as well as movable property. Secured lending law development efforts are designed to facilitate the process by which banks can lend to private enterprises, and small and medium enterprises (SME’s) in particular, to create economic opportunities for entrepreneurs.

CLDP also conducts legislative reform programs addressing the following commercial laws:

  • Company Laws
  • Corporate Governance Codes
  • Insolvency Laws
  • Contract Laws
  • Arbitration Laws
  • E-Commerce Laws


CLDP carries out trainings and consultations on contract negotiation, construction, and adjudication in various economic sectors. As a few examples, CLDP has conducted programs designed to increase the ministerial capacity of resource-rich nations in negotiating contracts with foreign multinationals, has conducted trainings of both public officials and private businesspersons on technology transfer contracting, and has trained numerous judges on international sales contract concepts. Additionally, CLDP has assisted judicial systems of host nations in the logistics of court administration in order to ensure viable venues for contract adjudication.

Arbitration & Investment

CLDP assists partner governments in developing modern arbitration regimes that drive economic development by ensuring fair and efficient investment environments. CLDP carries out programs at each systemic point relevant to an effective arbitration regime, from treaty accession and legislative drafting to administrative implementation of statutes and judicial enforcement of arbitration clauses and arbitral awards.

Entrepreneurship and Economic Development

CLDP organizes symposia and forums that focus on the essential role that entrepreneurship plays in overall economic growth. CLDP works with U.S. and foreign experts to design presentations on how laws and government programs can be used to support entrepreneurs, and includes the participation of regional business owners and attorneys who share their experiences establishing and managing businesses. Other CLDP programming focuses specifically on developing the skills and capacities of small- and medium-sized enterprises through workshops on international business practices and market readiness.

Legal Education Curriculum Development

CLDP works with law schools to facilitate the inclusion of modern commercial law courses—both traditional and clinical—in the legal curriculum with the aim of producing generations of legal professionals with the knowledge and skills to practice in a liberalized international economy.

Upcoming Programs

August 7, 2017 - September 29, 2017
September 10, 2017 - September 11, 2017

CLDP in Action

August 8, 2017

CLDP, in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Foreign Commercial Service (FCS) and International Trade Administration, conducted a series of consultations with current franchise owners, operators, and managers, for the purposes of assessing the legal and commercial franchise environment. In the past several years, the West Bank has focused on supporting prospective Palestinian investors to bring U.S. franchises. Through their efforts, the West Bank has seen a flood of U.S. franchises developing, such as KFC, Hardees, Dominos, and Popeye’s. Such franchises have positively impacted the social and economic welfare of the West Bank, bringing jobs and improved skills to workers as well as quality products and services to consumers.  As consumer demand for U.S. franchises continues to rise, CLDP, in cooperation with FCS, will be working to expand U.S. Franchises to the West Bank. The consultations provided essential insight on the current challenges that franchisors face during operations, specifically on the supply-chain side.  However, despite the obstacles, current Palestinian Franchisees have found creative ways to meet their development plan requirements and have proven that they are reliant entrepreneurs that are hungry to invest in more US franchises. Given that each U.S. franchise operating in the West Bank can provide anywhere from 100 – 3500 jobs, Palestinians are eager to foster consumer demand of U.S. franchises.