Afghanistan

September 1, 2014 - September 5, 2014

CLDP Prepares to Help Afghans and Iraqis Participate in the 2014 United Nations’ Internet Governance Forum

CLDP will facilitate IGF attendance and participation by government and non-government attendees from Afghanistan and Iraq at the 2014 United Nations Internet Governance Forum.  This year’s forum will be from September 1 -5 in Istanbul, Turkey.  CLDP will make attendance possible for representatives from government, NGOs or news organizations, who might otherwise not be able to attend in person.  It will also organize an introductory session for those attendees, to help them make the most of their participation.

August 16, 2014 - August 23, 2014

Afghan Agribusiness Study Tour 2.0

On August 16-23, in coordination with USDA, a team of CLDP attorneys and experts will conduct phase two of CLDP’s Agribusiness Study Tour for 11 Afghan farmers from Wardak and Paktika provinces of Afghanistan and four entrepreneurs from Kabul. 

August 11, 2014 - August 15, 2014

Afghanistan Estonia Legislative Consultations

CLDP is coordinating with the Government of Estonia and the U.S. Embassy in Talinn, Estonia, to bring together high level officials from the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and with experts in Estonia to discuss legislation governing e-commerce, e-government, cybersecurity, and other issues.   The Afghan officials are likely to include members of the Afghan parliament, representatives from the ministries governing communications, law, and law enforcement, and a representative of the banking industry.  The goal of these consultations is for the experts to convey knowledge and best practices in the drafting of governing laws so that the officials may develop one or more laws on the topics when they return to Afghanistan.

June 17, 2014 - June 18, 2014

CLDP Holds Seminar for Afghan Telecommunications Regulatory Officials

During the week of June 16, 2014, CLDP Attorney-Advisor Joe Gattuso and International Program Specialist Sameh Attia conducted a two-day seminar on telecommunications regulatory issues for a cadre of Afghan government officials from Afghan Telecommunications and Regulatory Commission and Ministry of Communications and Technology.  Two American experts gave presentations and led discussions:  Jonathan Levy, an economist with the U.S. Federal Communications Commission, and Marc Lipton, a lawyer and consultant with extensive experience in Afghanistan, who participated on a pro bono basis.  The topics covered included quality of service/consumer protection, pricing, interconnection, digital television transition, and administrative processes.

June 2, 2014 - June 5, 2014

Symposium on Post-Conflict Natural Resources Extraction and Mining Law

From June 2-5, CLDP hosted a delegation from the Afghan Ministry of Mines and Petroleum (MoMP), Afghan Ministry of Justice, and Parliament for a Mining Law Workshop in Doha, Qatar. The program included a day of presentations from local extractives industry legal experts and academics from the Qatar University (QU) College of Law Center for Energy and Sustainability Law. The program addressed pressing issues in extractives industry law for nations faced with conflict. In addition, the Afghan delegation spent three days at the Qatar International Court and Dispute Resolution Center in interactive sessions with QU academics and practitioners conducting case study analysis of contract negotiation in the extractives industries.

May 7, 2014 - May 8, 2014

Developing a Commercial ADR Center in Afghanistan

CLDP has been working with several Afghan partner organizations in order to establish the Afghanistan Center for Dispute Resolution (ACDR), the country's first center for commercial alternative dispute resolution (ADR). In early 2014, a Steering Committee of high level government and private sector officials was established to advise on the development of the nascent organization. On May 7-8, CLDP organized a workshop for key representatives of the Steering Committee in Manama, Bahrain to address key issues in ADR center development and sustainability.

May 7, 2014 - May 14, 2014

Kabul University Commercial Law Clinic Contracts Drafting and Negotiation Competition

May 11-15, 2014, CLDP led Afghan University law students in a Contracts Drafting and Negotiation Competition, the final phase of a pilot Commercial Law Clinic Course held in cooperation with Kabul University. In the first two phases of the course, students attended an intensive lecture series on basic transactions and engaged in legal internships with law firms, companies, trade organizations, and the legal departments of ministries. Through the 3-month internships, students gained commercial law experience across a number of areas, including mining and energy, banking and finance, labor, tax, company and telecommunications law.

May 5, 2014 - May 9, 2014

Initiative to Promote Transparency and Legitimate Business Practice in Afghanistan

On May 5-9, in conjunction with Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) and the Afghan NGO Harakat, CLDP organized a training to promote transparency and legitimate business practices in Afghanistan.

March 31, 2014 - April 6, 2014

Kabul University Law Students Compete in the Vis East Moot Competition

CLDP sponsored an all-women team from Kabul University (KU) Law School to participate in the Willem C. Vis (East) International Commercial Arbitration Moot competition (Vis East Moot) in Hong Kong On March 31- April 6.

March 4, 2014 - March 5, 2014

Training Workshop for Afghan Telecommunications Officials

CLDP continued its multi-phase assistance program for Afghan telecommunications regulators with a two-day workshop on regulatory organizations, processes, and issues in Kabul on March 4-5, 2014.