Commerce

February 7, 2018 - February 9, 2018

CLDP Organizes North Africa Regional Workshop on Technology Transfer

CLDP organized a North Africa Regional Workshop on University-Industry Relations in Encouraging Technology Transfer from February 7-9, 2018 in Rabat, Morocco. 

February 6, 2018

Kuwait: Comparative Arbitration Law Seminar

On February 8, 2018, CLDP and the Kuwait Commercial Arbitration Center (KCAC) will conduct a seminar focusing on best practices in drafting arbitration legislation. Enlisting the expertise of international dispute resolution experts in local and international practices, CLDP and KCAC will conduct the seminar for stakeholders interested in arbitration law and practice in Kuwait.

February 6, 2018

Kuwait: CLDP Advocates for Kuwait Arbitration Law Reform

On February 6, CLDP staff and international dispute resolution experts from the American Arbitration Association and the International Chamber of Commerce met with representatives of the Kuwait Council of Ministers Department of Legal Advice & Legislation (“the Department). CLDP advocated for reform in the current legal regime governing alternative dispute resolution (ADR) in Kuwait. The Department was encouraged to adopt a new arbitration law to not only keep pace with international standards, but also to keep pace with recent arbitration law developments in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). CLDP pledged to share experience with other GCC arbitration law developments with the Department. Over the past several years, CLDP has collaborated with Bahrain, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE in modernizing their arbitration laws. In Kuwait, CLDP addressed portions of the Kuwait arbitration law that are outdated for modern commercial transactions. The current Kuwait arbitration law dates to 1960.  CLDP also advocated for changing the Kuwait arbitration law to empower international companies in contracts in Kuwait. With a modernized ADR regime in Kuwait, foreign companies would be encouraged to partner with Kuwaiti companies - increasing technology and knowledge transfer to the Kuwaiti economy. Representatives of the Department welcomed CLDP collaboration and outlined a legislative strategy by which Kuwait could update its current ADR legal regime. Over the coming months, CLDP will provide guidance to the Department in this legislative endeavor. With successful collaboration in recent years in Bahrain, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and now Kuwait, CLDP has been a principal participant in modernizing international ADR in the GCC region that will benefit local and US companies alike.

February 1, 2018 - February 4, 2018

Bosnia and Herzegovina: CLDP Organizes International Commercial Arbitration Moot Oral Argument Training for Law Students at Tech Company

On February 1-4, CLDP implemented a follow up four-day Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot Oral Argument Training in Mostar, Bosnia-Herzegovina to support the second phase of its Willem C. Vis Moot Competition (Vis Moot) program. 

January 24, 2018 - January 28, 2018

Microgrid Energy Assessment in Guatemala

From January 25-28, CLDP conducted a microgrid energy assessment in Guatemala City and Quiché, Guatemala.

December 17, 2017 - December 21, 2017

CLDP Sponsors Participation at Internet Governance Forum

From December 17-21, 2017, CLDP sponsored the participation of representatives from Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Tunisia to attend the annual United Nations Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Geneva, Switzerland. 

December 13, 2017 - December 14, 2017

Saudi Arabia: CLDP Trains Women Law Students for International Commercial Arbitration Vis Moot Competition

On December 13 – 14, CLDP will conduct an international commercial arbitration writing and oral advocacy training program for the reigning-champion, all-women Vis Moot team from Dar Al-Hekma College of Law.  For several years, CLDP has provided start-up assistance and continued training to the team, and its women law students continue to exceed international expectations by maintaining their lead in regional competition for the previous 4 years.  This month’s training program is conducted in preparation for the 8th Annual Middle East Vis Pre-Moot and the 25th Annual Willem C. Vis Moot International Commercial Arbitration Moot, where arbitrators from around the globe are looking for the team to make it to the renowned Round of 64 in the competition.  Since 2014, the Dar Al-Hekma’s Vis Pre-Moot program has graduated over 30 women who are now working as legal professionals in international law firms, serving as high level officials in government, or have joined as law faculty at Dar Al-Hekma.

 

 

December 12, 2017 - December 13, 2017

Qatar: CLDP Leads Workshop on Procurement Law Reform

On December 12-13, CLDP held its first workshop to support the Qatar Ministry of Finance Office of Procurement Regulation’s initiative to develop new procurement laws and regulations to support broader transparency, efficiency and harmonized standards in Qatar.  Over the past decade, Qatar has initiated several large infrastructure and development projects and will be hosting the 2022 FIFA World Cup, which has required it to reform its commercial legal framework.  CLDP's workshop supported the newly formed working group of key ministries, agencies and stakeholders that will develop the government procurement regime. Expert-advisors for the program included the chief procurement and contracting officer from the Executive Office of the President, Commerce's senior attorney for contracting, and a World Bank procurement consultant.  Experts discussed U.S. procurement best practices in ensuring transparent and efficient standards, including electronic procurement systems, framework agreements, bid protest mechanisms, and ensuring adequate standards for technical evaluations. Following the workshop, on December 14, CLDP organized a roundtable with private sector stakeholders to discuss challenges and practical solutions to Qatar's government tendering process, in cooperation with U.S. Embassy Doha and the American Chamber of Commerce (Qatar chapter).  During the course of the roundtable, participants requested future CLDP programming on e-procurement systems and other solutions to help attract American companies to the region.  The workshop and roundtable are the first in a series of programs on procurement best practices in Qatar, which will help level the playing field for domestic and international companies bidding on government contracts.

December 12, 2017 - December 13, 2017

Saudi Arabia: CLDP Trains Capital Markets Regulators

On December 12-13, CLDP in close cooperation with the Saudi Arabia Capital Markets Authority and the Saudi Center for Commercial Arbitration, conducted two one-day workshops in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia regarding alternative dispute resolution in the financial industry.  Enlisting the expertise of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), CLDP presented to over 200 capital markets regulators regarding best practices in alternative dispute resolution in the financial industry.  Topics included Capital Market Dispute Procedures, Qualifications of Financial Sector Mediators and Arbitrators, Continuing Education for Regulators, and Case Administration.  This program will result in increasing the understanding of alternative dispute resolution in the financial industry, ensuring greater reliability of financial contract enforcement in Saudi Arabia.

December 11, 2017

Saudi Arabia: CLDP Trains Judges in Alternative Dispute Resolution

On December 11, CLDP conducted a one-day workshop in Riyadh to train judges regarding their roles in alternative dispute resolution proceedings.  CLDP worked in close cooperation with the Saudi Arabia General Investment Authority and Saudi Center for Commercial Arbitration to organize the training workshop, and enlisted the expertise of judges and international dispute resolution experts to focus on best practices in referring and awarding alternative dispute resolution decisions.  Program experts included the Honorable Barrington D. Parker, Senior Judge at the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and Judge Mostafa Abdel Ghaffar from the Saudi Center for Commercial Arbitration.  Participants in the program increased their understanding of the role of judges in alternative dispute resolution in commercial cases, and are helping to ensure greater reliability of contract compliance and enforcement for American businesses operating in Saudi Arabia.