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

December 6, 2016 - December 7, 2016
December 7, 2016 - December 8, 2016

CLDP in Action

November 13, 2016

On November 13, CLDP organized a roundtable with Members of the Bahrain National Assembly, Council of Representatives and members of Bahrain’s business community. The Roundtable included an expert from the U.S. Senate and was held in coordination with American Chamber of Commerce Bahrain, Bahrain Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Bahrain’s Businesswomen’s Society, and other prominent members of the Bahraini business community. The Roundtable engaged MPs and business community members to discuss key commercial challenges and business interests requiring legislative reform, including business registration and other key areas of commercial legislation that could affect Bahrain’s budding start-up environment.  This roundtable is part of CLDP’s Legislative Drafting Program in Bahrain to build capacity of the National Assembly.