October 20, 2019 - October 22, 2019

CLDP to sponsor Middle East Pre-Moot Training in Abu Dhabi

On October 20-22, CLDP, in collaboration with Bahrain Chamber for Dispute Resolution (BCDR), the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the Center for International Legal Education of the University of Pittsburg (CILE), and the University of United Arab Emirates of Al Ain (UAEA) will kickstart the 10th Annual Middle East Vis Pre-Moot program in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

June 25, 2019 - June 27, 2019

MENA: Regional Alternative Dispute Resolution Conference

From June 25-27, CLDP will organize a regional conference on arbitration and mediation in collaboration with the Tunisian judiciary. CLDP will bring together about 150 judges, arbitrators, mediators, and lawyers from the MENA region. The conference will focus on the use of mediation to resolve commercial disputes and address topics such as the role of courts in encouraging mediation, legal framework supporting mediation,

April 1, 2019 - April 2, 2019

MENA: CLDP Facilitates Participation in INSOL 13th Annual Judicial Colloquium

On April 1-2, in Singapore, CLDP, in coordination with INSOL International (International Association of Restructuring, Insolvency and Bankruptcy Professionals), supported the participation of judges from Bahrain, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Tunisia in the 13th INSOL Judicial Colloquium. INSOL International is a global federation of associations including lawyers, judges and accountants that aims to increase international cooperation and communication in the insolvency profession. The INSOL Judicial Colloquium is the only global venue for judges from around the world to share best practices in restructuring and liquidation procedures. This year is the first time that these four countries have participated in the Colloquium and CLDP plans to leverage INSOL’s extensive network and resources, such as its World Bank-funded Judicial Training College, to support its ongoing programming with MENA judges. The Colloquium provided the MENA judges with the opportunity to apply modern bankruptcy principles to hypothetical case studies and to receive practical guidance from senior judges from more advanced bankruptcy jurisdictions. CLDP plans to develop joint programs with INSOL over the next two years to expand its judicial training activities.

March 31, 2019 - April 3, 2019

MENA: CLDP Trains Judges to Effectively Implement New Bankruptcy Laws

On March 31 and April 3, in Singapore, CLDP organized trainings for judges from Bahrain, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and Tunisia on the role of courts in managing restructuring and liquidation procedures. The trainings focused specifically on court administration, cross-border judicial cooperation and ensuring compliance with bankruptcy procedures. Since 2016, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and Tunisia have passed new bankruptcy laws, which all include modern restructuring mechanisms. In Bahrain and Saudi Arabia, prior to the enactment of these laws, bankruptcy was synonymous with liquidation and courts were not used as a venue to rescue companies or to prevent their failure. CLDP assisted in developing these new statutes and is now conducting a multi-phase program focused on the implementation of these mechanisms, with a specific concentration on judicial capacity building. The trainings in Singapore this week have been led by senior U.S. bankruptcy judges from the Southern District of New York. Trainings also included presentations by World Bank and private sector experts on the impact of restructurings and judicial decision-making on the credit market and the larger economic outlook of a country. The trainings emphasized the importance of transparency, consistency and predictability in the management of bankruptcies to maximize value and build confidence in the bankruptcy process.

March 19, 2019 - March 20, 2019

Bahrain: CLDP Leads Roundtables on New Commercial Laws

On March 19-20, 2019, CLDP led two separate panels on new commercial laws recently passed in Bahrain. Participants at the roundtables included members of the Bahrain Businesswomen Society and the American Chamber of Commerce. Speakers included discussions on new laws that have received CLDP technical assistance, including a new initiative on government tendering in cooperation with the Bahrain Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Tourism (MOICT) to promote set-aside programs for small-and medium size enterprises (SMEs). Such programs could potentially “set aside” a percentage of public contracts to benefit SMEs.   Additionally, for the panel held for the Bahrain Businesswomen Society, where more than 40 women-led companies participated, the discussion focused on various commercial laws that will benefit small companies and women-owned businesses, such as the new bankruptcy law, electronic transactions law, as well as the SME export center. In drafting the SME law, the MOICT has considered incorporating many of the recommendations made by CLDP, including creating a small business oversight body and technical assistance procurement center for SMEs to strengthen the government procurement system in Bahrain. U.S. Ambassador Justin Siberell and Deputy Chief of Mission Aimee Cutrona attended the opening of the event to highlight the importance of joint U.S.-Bahrain cooperation and to acknowledge CLDP efforts on promoting modern commercial laws in Bahrain.

March 18, 2019

Bahrain: CLDP Releases Legislative Guide to Parliament

On March 18, 2019, in Manama, Bahrain, U.S. Ambassador Justin Siberell, the First Deputy Speaker of the Bahrain Parliament, and CLDP announced the release of a guide on commercial legislative research. The guide is intended to act as a resource tool for the legal advisors, researchers, and parliament training center staff to promote better institutional understanding and best practices on researching and writing legal memos for Bahrain’s parliament. For the past two years, CLDP has provided technical assistance to the Parliament of Bahrain on a variety of economic and trade-related topics. The guide represents a compilation of those topics, including how to study the economic impact of legislation, trade and value-add tax legislation, and best practices in drafting legislative memos. The guide also serves as a resource tool and links users with online tools such as the model laws available from the World Trade Organization and UN Commission on International Trade Law. The Parliament of Bahrain greeted the release of the guide with enthusiastic support, as several new Members of Parliament and legal staff attended local media covered the event.

March 6, 2019

CLDP Sponsors the 5th Annual Middle East Pre-Moot Arbitrators’ Roundtable

On March 7, CLDP, in partnership with the Royal University for Women (RUW), the Bahrain Center for Dispute Resolution, Mena Chambers Bahrain, the International Chamber of Commerce, and the Center for International Legal Studies of the University of Pittsburgh, sponsored the 5th Annual Middle East Vis Pre-Moot Arbitrators’ Roundtable at RUW in Riffa, Bahrain. More than 50 arbitrators, primarily from the Middle East region, participated in sessions focused on addressing issues presented in this year’s Vis Moot problem. The program also covered new developments in international arbitration and international trade. This event takes places annually on the margins of the CLDP’s Vis Pre-Moot. It prepares the arbitrators for the pre-moot competition and provides an opportunity for regional arbitrators to come together and network with future lawyers from the Middle East. Promoting alternative means of resolving disputes helps increase efficiency of contract enforcement and promotes commercial activities.