Bahrain

March 26, 2017 - March 28, 2017

Bahrain Insolvency Workshop

On March 26-28, 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 insolvency research and legal capacity building. The workshop will expose the legal and economic advisors to pertinent issues in insolvency and review potential impacts of passing an insolvency law in Bahrain. The workshop is part of CLDP’s Legislative Drafting Program in Bahrain, in part to build capacity of the Council of Representatives Members.

March 14, 2017 - March 17, 2017

Insolvency Workshop

From March 14-17, 2017 CLDP will conduct a four day study tour for program participants from the Bahrain and Morocco. The workshop will discuss different models for 1) structuring the courts that oversee insolvency proceedings, 2) determining the roles of creditors and debtors in the insolvency process, for 3) selecting trustees and 4) determining the role of the court in the insolvency proceeding versus the role of the trustee. The study tour will be led by a US Federal Judge from the U.S. Bankruptcy Court of the Southern District of New York, a specialized federal court that reviews some of the most complex bankruptcy proceedings in the country, bankruptcy lawyers from the US, the UK, Singapore and Dubai. The workshop will also provide an opportunity to highlight the provisions of regional insolvency laws and the anticipated changes that will be made to the judiciaries in those countries.

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.

January 9, 2017 - January 11, 2017

Bahrain Trade Legislation Workshop

On January 9-11, 2017, the U.S. Department of Commerce, Commercial Law Development Program (CLDP), in cooperation with U.S Embassy Manama, Bahrain’s National Assembly, and the Judicial & Legal Studies Institute (JLSI) of Bahrain, conducted a workshop on legislative drafting focusing on international trade agreements.  Twenty-eight legal and economic advisors from the Council of Representatives, Shura Council, and Legislation & Legal Opinion Commission attended the workshop, where they exchanged ideas and concerns related to international trade, attracting private investment to Bahrain, and the potential impact of the World Trade Organization (WTO) Agreement on Government Procurement (GPA) on Bahrain’s economy, as well as discussing Bahrain’s obligations under the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA).  The workshop provided the legal and economic advisors the opportunity to participate in active discussions, expert-led lectures, and problem-solving exercises, thereby increasing the advisors’ capacity to address trade challenges as the country engages more in worldwide commerce. The program was featured in the Council of Representatives’ social media, including several videos and photos featuring program participants and opening remarks of Aimee Cutrona, Deputy Chief of Mission, US Embassy Manama and Ali Al-Aradi, Deputy Speaker of the Council of Representatives.  

 

CLDP experts included Ian Fergusson, an expert in WTO agreements and international trade at the Congressional Research Service, and Adam Boltik, an international trade agreement and government procurement expert at the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration.  The experts provided substantive overview of the WTO, including cooperative conflict resolution mechanisms in which signatory nations engage to resolve trade conflicts. Furthermore, experts discussed the U.S. Bahrain Free Trade Agreement (FTA).  The participants were able to apply the lectures in small group discussions whereby they analyzed case studies based on plausible real world trade challenges, and made recommendations on how to resolve them.  In addition, the experts covered procurement ethics, assessing economic impacts of entering into free trade agreements, and how to address possible amendment issues.  Participants were also required to review related agreements and draft responses to exercises provided prior to the workshop. In addition, the participants were briefed on the World Bank Doing Business rankings, focusing on the Trading Across Borders factor and Bahrain’s need for a single window system. 

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December 5, 2016 - December 7, 2016

Roundtable on the Role of Courts in Insolvency

CLDP hosted a roundtable focusing on the role of the courts in adjudicating insolvency proceedings and the importance of a restructuring mechanism in domestic legislation that will both revive companies and maximize recovery for lenders. The workshop was led by a US Bankruptcy Judge and a lawyer specializing in insolvency and restructuing. The roundtable included legal advisors and judges from Bahrain and Saudi Arabia.

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 17, 2016 - October 19, 2016

Regional Court Automation Workshop

From October 17-19, CLDP conducted a workshop, in cooperation with the Bahrain Supreme Judicial Council, on international best practices in the automation of court procedures. The workshop was led by US Federal Judges Sidney Stein and Kevin Castel in addition to the Chief Judge of the North Carolina Business Court, James Gale, and the Chief Judge of the Dubai Commercial Court, Mohamed Al-Sabousy. The program participants included judges and administrators from Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Morocco and Jordan, nearly all of which are in the process of developing or improving their court automation systems. The event was conducted as part of CLDP’s ongoing Contract Enforcement program in the MENA region to strengthen and streamline the dispute resolution process in the national courts.

The goal of the workshop was to show how court automation can create a more transparent, predictable and efficient dispute resolution process, which is essential for economic development. The workshop provided the participants with an overview of the court automation systems in the US Federal Courts, the North Carolina Business Court and the Dubai Courts, which are some of the most advanced systems in the world. The sessions also discussed how to effectively transition from a paper-based to an automated system and the lessons learned from the process globally. In addition, the workshop included a session on developing the necessary rules and legal framework that would govern the automated process citing the Electronic Case Filing Rules used in the US Federal Courts. Finally, the Dubai and North Carolina judges made presentations on the creation of business courts as a way of streamlining the dispute resolution process and the potential for using the business court as a pilot for court automation.