Bahrain

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 5, 2016 - December 7, 2016

Bahrain Insolvency Workshop

CLDP will host a workshop 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 will be led by a US Bankruptcy Judge and will include 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.

August 1, 2016 - August 3, 2016

Bahrain Legislative Drafting Workshop

On August 1-3 in Singapore, CLDP led a training on legislative drafting and legal research for the legal advisors of the Council of Representatives of Bahrain. U.S. experts from the Congressional Budget Office, Congressional Research Service, and Senate Commerce Committee led training on assessing the budgetary and economic impact of legislation, drafting legislative memoranda and conference reports, and reconciling legislative differences between lower and upper house legislation.

May 31, 2016 - June 2, 2016

MENA Regional Program on Contract Enforcement

On May 31-June 2, CLDP led a six-country Middle East and North Africa regional workshop on contract enforcement best practices.