The Middle East & North Africa

February 7, 2017 - February 11, 2017

CLDP to host 7th Middle East Vis Pre-Moot

On February 7-11 in Kuwait City, Kuwait, CLDP will be hosting, in coordination with the Kuwait International Law School (KILAW), MENA Chambers, and the University of Pittsburg (CILE), and Bahrain Center of Disputes and Resolutions (BCDR), the 7th Annual Middle East Vis Pre-Moot.

January 24, 2017 - January 26, 2017

Regional Court Specialization Workshop Phase I

From January 24-26, 2017, CLDP will conduct a three day court specialization workshop, in cooperation with the Kuwait Supreme Judicial Counsel, in Kuwait City, Kuwait. The workshop will be led by Hon. Jed S. Rackoff, United States District Judge, Southern District of New York, and by a judge from the Dubai Business Courts. The program participants will include judges and administrators from Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Iraq, Tunisia and Morocco. This event will be conducted as part of CLDP's ongoing Contract Enforcement program in the MENA region to strength and streamline the dispute resolution process in the national courts.

January 9, 2017 - January 11, 2017

Bahrain Trade Legislation Workshop

On January 9-11, 2017, CLDP will hold a legislative workshop for the legal and economic advisory staff of Bahrain’s Council of Representatives. The worskshop will focus on training the advisors to enhance their skills in legislative research and legal capacity building as it pertains to facilitation of government trade agreements, with a focus on the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA), Agreement on Government Procurement (GPA). The worskshop will also expose participants to the methods and impacts of acceding and ratifying such agreements. Participants will learn how to assess the economic impact of trade legislation domestically, common types of reservations States raise on certain trade provisions, and the penalties associated with breaching trade obligations (trade remedies). The workshop will expose the legal and economic advisors to pertinent issues in trade negotiation and country impact of ratifiction. The workshop is part of CLDP’s Legislative Drafting Program in Bahrain, in part to build capacity of the Council of Representatives Members.

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December 7, 2016 - December 8, 2016

TunisMed Franchise

Details coming soon.

December 4, 2016 - December 6, 2016

Iraq: Erbil Customs Seminar

Details coming soon.

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November 13, 2016

Parliament Roundtable for Bahrain Parliament Members and Businesses Community

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.

October 20, 2016

Legal Guide to Investing in Power Generation in Iraq

In an effort to promote foreign investment in Iraq, the Commercial Law Development Program (CLDP), along with other key partners, has been developing material to guide potential investors. The present Legal Guide to Investment in Power Generation in Iraq (“Legal Guide”) follows those efforts by focusing on a sector that is in particular demand by the people of Iraq and accordingly can benefit from private sector involvement.  Specifically, Iraq has suffered, in the past decade, from a chronic power shortage, which has not been alleviated from traditional public sector development and operations. Given the significant gap between supply and demand for power, as well as the Iraqi government’s commitment to this sector, investment in power generation offers considerable opportunities for investors willing to assume associated risks.

The Legal Guidebook is available here in both PDF and EPUB format.