Commerce

October 21, 2018 - October 25, 2018

Saudi Arabia: CLDP Conducts Judicial Capacity Building

On October 21-25, CLDP, in cooperation with the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) of Saudi Arabia, Saudi Arabia General Investment Authority (SAGIA), and the Board of Grievances (BOG), conducted a judicial capacity building programming in Riyadh. Program content focused on court specialization and case management as tools to increase the efficiency and transparency of both commercial and administrative courts in Saudi Arabia. Experts spoke about the importance of predictable and transparent adjudication mechanisms in attracting investment and facilitating business activity, particularly with respect to commercial, insolvency and procurement related cases.  Participating judges came from the BOG, which resolves procurement and other disputes with the government, and from the newly established commercial courts within the MOJ.  These judicial training programs are part of CLDP's effort, led in coordination with the World Bank, to encourage legal reform in Saudi Arabia in line with the Saudi Arabian Vision 2030 economic plan to diversify the country’s economy beyond fossil fuels.  These reforms will also create more opportunities and improve fair legal representation for U.S. companies working with Saudi Arabia. 

October 17, 2018 - October 18, 2018

Saudi Arabia: CLDP Starts ADR Course for Saudi Women Mediators and Arbitrators

On October 17-18, CLDP, in cooperation with the Saudi Center for Commercial Arbitration (SCCA), initiated an SCCA-sanctioned alternative dispute resolution (ADR) training course for future female commercial mediation and arbitration lawyers. The ADR course is part of SCCA’s goal to certify up to 60 female mediators and arbitrators to manage cases brought to the SCCA in the coming two years. The ADR Course was envisioned after the successful implementation of a pilot women’s workshop on “Negotiations and Mediation” that was conducted by CLDP in December of 2017. The two-day program engaged participants in a series of intensive ADR simulations guided by an expert from UNCITRAL alongside the region’s top Arab female ADR specialists.

October 15, 2018 - October 16, 2018

CLDP Leads Judicial Training on Enforcement of International Sales Contracts

On October 15-16, CLDP, in coordination with the Centre for Judicial and Prosecutorial Training of Republika Srpska and the Centre for Judicial and Prosecutorial Training of FBiH, conducted the second two-day workshop on the Enforcement of International Sales Contracts for Bosnian judges.  

October 15, 2018 - October 17, 2018

CLDP Supports Moldovan Delegation to the GPA Committee Meeting in Geneva

CLDP, in collaboration with  the Public Procurement Agency of Moldova, supported the travel of a delegation of an official from the Government of Moldova to attend a meeting of the Committee on Government Procurement (GPA Committee) on October 15-17, 2018, at WTO Secretariat, Geneva.

October 14, 2018 - October 18, 2018

Egypt: CLDP Conducts Trade Assessment

From October 14-18, CLDP, in close coordination with the US Embassy in Cairo, conducted a weeklong assessment of technical assistance needs for trade-related issues in the US-Egypt relationship.  CLDP met with NGOs, the Ministry of Trade and Industry, the National Food Safety Agency, the Egyptian Customs Authority, the Egyptian Competition Authority, the Egyptian Organization for Standardization and private sector stakeholders such as the American Chamber of Commerce in Egypt.  CLDP will provide technical assistance linked closely with the recent US-Egypt Trade and Investment Framework Agreement discussions led by USTR. By early 2019, CLDP plans to begin trade programming on risk-based food safety inspections and better systems for customs valuation.

October 12, 2018 - October 14, 2018

CLDP Conducts Vis Moot Training for BiH Law Students

On October 12-14, CLDP, in coordination with the University of Sarajevo Faculty of Law, held a workshop to prepare law students from Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) for the annual Willem C. Vis Moot (Vis Moot) that will take place in Vienna in April 2019.  

October 7, 2018 - October 10, 2018

CLDP Holds a Vis Moot training for Sri Lankan Universities

After training six Sri Lankan law school teams over five months to prepare them in oral and written advocacy, CLDP held its first Sri Lanka National Vis Moot Competition from October 7-10, 2018. The Royal Institute of Colombo College of Law prevailed as champion, and the University of Colombo College of Law placed second. The two winning teams will advance to represent Sri Lanka in the Willem C Vis Moot Competition in Hong Kong in April 2019. CLDP will continue to train both teams and help them prepare for the Hong Kong competition. 

September 27, 2018 - September 28, 2018

MENA: CLDP Organizes Regional Insolvency Conference

On September 27-28, in Casablanca, Morocco, CLDP organized a regional conference on insolvency for 75 participants from the MENA region. In recent years, Morocco, Tunisia, Saudi Arabia, and Bahrain have passed new insolvency laws that are in line with international best practices, and Kuwait is in the process of drafting a similar law. These laws allow for civil protection from creditors and for the restructuring of companies in financial peril, but success in transforming the insolvency practices in these countries will depend upon proper implementation of the new laws. For that reason, CLDP organized a regional conference for judges, lawyers, trustees, and other stakeholders from each of these 5 countries to come together to hear best practices and practical examples from the U.S. and to share experiences. CLDP expert advisors, including two U.S. federal bankruptcy judges and an insolvency expert from the UN Commission on International Trade Law spoke about the role of the judiciary in restructuring cases, cross-border insolvencies, methods of valuation, and the role of alternative dispute resolution in restructuring cases, all key considerations in the successful implementation of an effective insolvency system. This regional workshop complements CLDP’s bilateral insolvency assistance in the region, which aims to prepare the judiciaries in these countries to preside over insolvency proceedings. The new laws and their effective implementation will help these countries attract foreign investment, including U.S. investors who seek fair and predictable mechanisms for credit recovery.

September 26, 2018 - September 27, 2018

Bahrain: CLDP Leads Judicial Training on Implementing New Bankruptcy Law

From September 26-27, in Manama, CLDP, in coordination with the Supreme Judicial Council of Bahrain, conducted a judicial training on the development of a bankruptcy system in Bahrain for 16 local judges. Bahrain recently adopted a new bankruptcy law in accordance with international best practices, which allows for restructuring proceedings. CLDP experts included the Hon. Michael Williamson, chief judge of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court of the Middle District of Florida, who focused on reorganization case studies, while also sharing practical experience on bankruptcy case management in the U.S. system. Participants learned about the process by which bankruptcy cases are adjudicated in the U.S. Topics included how a transparent and predictable bankruptcy system can help attract foreign investment, the role of court automation and case management technology in ensuring efficient and transparent adjudication of disputes, and valuation methods and the enforcement of cross border bankruptcy judgments, which is becoming increasingly important with the global nature of commercial lending. CLDP will be actively promoting the new bankruptcy law in Bahrain to help train a new cadre of bankruptcy trustees as well as to train the judges that will preside over insolvency proceedings, alongside the government stakeholders that will regulate the bankruptcy system.