Bahrain

October 14, 2017

CLDP To Provide Preparatory Training Sessions for 2018 Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot and Vis East Moot

CLDP, in cooperation with Royal University for Women (RUW), University Pittsburgh's Center for International Legal Education (CILE), MENA Chambers Bahrain, and the Bahrain Chamber for Dispute Resolution (BCDR-AAA) will hold a preparatory training in Manama, Bahrain, aimed to prepare South Asia, Middle East and North Africa law students to compete in the 25th Annual Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot, to be held in Vienna, Austria and Hong Kong in March-April 2018.

July 12, 2017 - July 18, 2017

Bahrain Legislative Drafting Workshop and Consultations

The U.S. Department of Commerce provides technical assistance to the Government of Bahrain, to introduce best practices in business registration, contract enforcement, insolvency reform, and legislative drafting in an effort to encourage investment and economic growth. To further support these goals, 15 National Assembly Council of Representatives (CoR) officials will travel to Washington, D.C. in order to interact with, and learn from, USG officials.

May 10, 2017 - May 12, 2017

MENA Regional Program on SME Development and Technology Transfer

From May 10-12, 2017, CLDP held a regional program with participants from Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Kuwait, and Morocco in Casablanca, Morocco to share best practices in promoting SME development. 

April 24, 2017 - April 27, 2017

MENA: CLDP Organizes Regional Workshop to Support Specialized Business Courts II

MENA: CLDP Organizes Regional Conference on Effective Business Courts

From April 24-27 in Tunis, Tunisia, CLDP conducted a Middle East and North Africa (MENA) regional workshop, co-sponsored by the Tunisian Ministry of Justice, on best practices in improving the competence, efficiency, and transparency of specialized business courts. The event focused on the procedural and substantive elements of contract enforcement, including case management, admissibility of electronic evidence, application of international treaties, and publication of court decisions. The workshop also highlighted the importance of ensuring efficient service of process and enforcement of foreign arbitral awards.

The program featured Judge Kevin Castel of the Southern District of New York, as well as expert-advisors from the UAE and Tunisia. Participants included judges and court administrators from Bahrain, Iraq, Kuwait, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, and Tunisia, who shared best practices and solutions for the problems faced by judges in the commercial litigation field. The workshop also included a panel of attorneys who provided the private sector’s perspective and offered practical solutions. At the conclusion of the program, each delegation identified several procedural and substantive reforms that will be proposed to their respective judicial administrators, governments, and/or legislatures. This workshop is part of CLDP’s multiphase contract enforcement program to assist MENA countries in improving efficiency, predictability, and transparency in the adjudication of commercial disputes

March 29, 2017

Bahrain: CLDP Organizes High-Level Roundtable on Insolvency Legislation

On March 29, in Manama, CLDP led a Roundtable in close coordination with the Bahrain Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI), the National Assembly, the Ministry of Industry and Commerce (MOIC), AmCham Bahrain, and other key private sector stakeholders to discuss proposed insolvency legislation and its effect on small-and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Bahrain. US Ambassador William Roebuck provided opening remarks and noted CLDP's accomplishments in Bahrain over the past 10 years, including significant improvements to Bahrain's World Bank Doing Business rankings as a direct result of CLDPs work. The Ambassador noted that from 2016-2017, Bahrain improved by 70 positions on the "starting a business" indicator rankings, i.e. business registration laws, a main area of focus for CLDP’s technical assistance.  

Most importantly, the Roundtable offered an interactive forum for stakeholders to discuss key areas of concern as they related to the draft law, including benefits to SMEs in Bahrain, directly with civil service and elected government officials. By the conclusion of the Roundtable, all parties agreed that they were interested in seeing implementation of a new insolvency law reflecting international best practice and provided a list of recommendations to be considered during the drafting process. Furthermore, following the conclusion of the Roundtable, US Embassy Manama and BCCI put out a joint press release in support of the draft law, which was extensively covered by news media.

March 26, 2017 - March 28, 2017

Bahrain: CLDP Leads Workshop on Drafting Insolvency Law

On March 26-28, in Manama, CLDP organized a workshop on insolvency and best practices on drafting insolvency laws for the legal advisors and legal researchers of the Council of Representatives (COR), the lower house of Bahrain's National Assembly. CLDP experts led discussions with the participants on the policy considerations and economic growth impact of robust insolvency mechanisms, in particular with respect to small-and medium-sized enterprises. The Ministry of Industry and Commerce (MOIC) presented a draft insolvency law that was developed through direct consultation with CLDP. CLDP experts and MOIC staff discussed with participants the cost-benefit of implementing laws and adjudication processes necessary to enforce insolvency proceedings. The projected timeline for the draft insolvency to be considered by the National Assembly is late 2017, making the workshop particularly timely as the COR legal advisors and researchers will have to provide significant support to Members of the COR over the next several months. This workshop is part of a multi-phase program on legislative drafting and capacity building for the COR legal advisors, focusing on commercial legislation.

March 14, 2017 - March 17, 2017

Bahrain: Workshop on Developing New Bankruptcy Law

From March 14-17, CLDP organized a workshop in Singapore for an interagency delegation of Bahraini officials to develop a new legal framework for bankruptcy. Bahrain does not currently allow for company reorganization and limits the role of creditors in the liquidation process.  By developing a new bankruptcy framework, Bahrain is seeking to provide a more efficient mechanism for creditors to maximize their recoveries and for debtors to potentially salvage their businesses. This will ultimately increase the availability of credit in the market and stimulate economic growth, creating new opportunities for U.S. exporters. At a time of low oil and gas prices, Gulf countries depend on the emergence of a diversified small and medium enterprise sector. Modern bankruptcy laws are a key condition of such emergence.

The audience included lawyers from Bahrain’s Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Tourism in addition to a member of Bahrain’s Shura Council--the upper house of Parliament, legal advisers from both houses of Parliament, and representatives of the Central Bank and the Economic Development Board. The workshop was led by a U.S. Bankruptcy Judge from Puerto Rico and a senior partner from a U.S. law firm and featured presentations by bankruptcy professionals, judges, and accountants based in in Singapore. Singapore is known globally for its robust bankruptcy procedures which have resulted in one of the world’s highest recovery rates for creditors. As a result of the workshop, the Bahrain delegation has finalized a timeline for the completion of the first draft of the law and developed a framework that it will present to the private sector and other stakeholders for comments. The costs of the program were co-financed by the Government of Bahrain.

February 9, 2017

3rd Annual Arbitrator Roundtable

On February 9, CLDP and the Kuwait Commercial Arbitration Center co-hosted the third annual regional arbitration roundtable. The program included more than 60 arbitrators from around the MENA region and focused on the review and legal analysis of the Vis-Moot simulated case study as well as the role of arbitrators, particularly in addressing substantive and procedural issues. Participants went on to arbitrate in one or more Vis Pre-Moot competition round. 

February 7, 2017 - February 11, 2017

CLDP 7th Annual Middle East Vis Pre-Moot

On February 7-11 in Kuwait City, Kuwait, in coordination with the Kuwait International Law School (KILAW), UNCITRAL, International Court of Arbitration (ICC), MENA Chambers, the University of Pittsburg (CILE), and Bahrain Chamber for Dispute Resolution (BCDR), CLDP hosted the 7th Annual Middle East Vis Pre-Moot. The Pre-Moot was a 5-day regional event that brought together 15 teams from Afghanistan, Bahrain, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia and the United Arab Emirates to compete. The program developed the oral advocacy skills of the law students and allowed them to practice their argumentation in front of over 60 international and regional arbitrators and practitioners.

January 24, 2017 - January 26, 2017

MENA: CLDP Organizes Regional Workshop to Support Specialized Business Courts

On January 24-26, CLDP conducted a workshop in Kuwait, in coordination with the Supreme Council on Planning and Development, on best practices in making specialized business courts more competent, efficient and transparent. The workshop focused primarily on the procedural elements that are needed for a successful business court including the development of local procedural rules, mechanisms to fast track cases and obtain injunctive relief, clear and efficient jurisdictional boundaries, and judicial education programs to prepare judges for complex domestic and cross-border disputes.