Transparency & Governance

CLDP provides support to governments seeking to improve the level of transparency in laws, regulations, agreements and other practices affecting business or trade.

Government Procurement

CLDP advises host governments in their efforts to develop efficient, transparent, and impartial government contracting infrastructure. Such programs address accession to and compliance with international government procurement agreements, implementation of necessary legislative and regulatory frameworks, and the training of critical contracting personnel.

Legislation

CLDP holds consultations with lawmakers, government officials and the private sector that focus on ensuring clarity and openness in legislative drafting.

Regulation

CLDP supports government efforts to develop notice and comment procedures for policy setting and rule-making in addition to developing freedom of information policies and procedures. CLDP programs also focus on developing ethics policies and financial disclosure statements for government workers and defining appeal and protest rights and procedures for courts and agencies.

Regulatory Bodies

CLDP organizes technical assistance and skills training for regulatory bodies to build their institutional capacity to conduct audits and investigations.

Judicial Opinions

CLDP works with judges to improve the efficiency and organization of judicial opinions.

CLDP in Action

July 22, 2019 - July 26, 2019

On July 22-26, 2019, CLDP will conduct judicial capacity building programming in New York, NY, for a 15-person delegation from Kuwait and Saudi Arabia. Participant judges will visit federal and New York state courts to view live commercial proceedings and learn best practices in adjudicating complex commercial transactions such as bankruptcy. The delegation will also meet with stakeholders in commercial disputes such as U.S. bankruptcy judges, lawyers for bankruptcy litigants, U.S. trustees, and claims agents. Participants will learn the judge’s role in referring commercial cases to alternative means of dispute resolution such as arbitration and mediation. In recent years, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia have developed new commercial laws including insolvency laws to prepare themselves for transformation to knowledge-based economies that attract foreign investment and encourage innovation and entrepreneurship. For new commercial laws to be implemented effectively and protect U.S. investments in Kuwait and Saudi Arabia, judges from these countries will need to prepare for complex commercial litigation such as bankruptcy.