Iraq

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.

July 29, 2019 - August 9, 2019

Iraq: CLDP Conducts Oil and Gas Program for Four Basrah Universities

From July 29 to August 9, CLDP and the University of Houston/Petroleum Technology Initiative (UH/PTI ), conducted at UH a program focused on “Project Management in Exploration for, and Production of Hydrocarbons."

This program was developed over the course of two years at the behest of the US Consulate in Basrah. The governorate of Basrah is the location of Iraq’s main hydrocarbon resources and the center of Iraq’s oil and gas activities. (As a result of past CLDP activities, there is a sister city agreement between Basrah and Houston). The Consulate is now closed because  of  security incidents that occurred during demonstrations in Basrah. One of the reasons for these demonstrations was the  high level of unemployment among Basrah graduates, a key factor of political instability. The Consulate asked CLDP to develop this program in order to equip Basrah petroleum engineering students with the knowledge and skills required for employment with International Oil Companies (IOC) and with international oil service companies operating in Basrah. The IOC consider that Basrah graduates have good technical skills but lack project management skills.

The two-week course in Houston was intended for delegations from four Basrah universities with petroleum engineering programs. (A professor and two students from each one of the four universities). Despite the fact that the professors from three of the universities were unable to attend for visa reasons, the program ended on a positive note, thanks to the unique expertise of the PTI faculty and to the exceptional quality of the work done by the Iraqi students. A draft MoU outlining next possible steps was drafted by CLDP after consultations with UH and with Iraqi ministries.

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June 25, 2019 - June 27, 2019

MENA: Regional Alternative Dispute Resolution Conference

On June 25-27, 2019, CLDP organized a regional conference on mediation in Tunis, Tunisia, bringing together more than 110 participants from the justice sectors of Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Iraq, Kuwait, and Algeria. The conference focused on the use of mediation to resolve commercial disputes with sessions facilitated by subject-matter experts from the UN Commission on International Trade Law, the International Chamber of Commerce, JAMS Mediation, Arbitration and ADR Services, and current and former U.S. judges. Topics included the role of courts in encouraging mediation, the legal framework supporting mediation, enforcement of mediated settlements, mediation rules and practices, and standards for the conduct of mediators. Additionally, each delegation presented on recent developments in mediation in their countries: Tunisia, Saudi Arabia, and Bahrain are considering adopting new mediation statutes. CLDP hopes that this program will lead to increased recourse to mediation as a tool to resolve contractual disputes and ultimately contribute to a more attractive legal environment for cross-border business in the region.

May 6, 2019 - May 10, 2019

Iraq: CLDP Hosts Iraqi Delegation for Consultations with University of Houston and Offshore Technology Conference

CLDP will host a delegation of university officials from Basrah, Iraq in Houston, Texas from May 6-10, 2019. The delegation will meet with the University of Houston, as well as attend the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC).

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April 11, 2019 - April 18, 2019

CLDP to sponsor Middle East Law Schools to compete in the 26th Annual Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot

On April 11-18, 2019, CLDP sponsored two Middle East law schools: Iraqyia College of Law and Faculty of Legal, Political and Social Sciences of Tunisto participate in the 26th Annual Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot (Vis Moot) in Vienna, Austria. 

April 4, 2019 - April 6, 2019

Iraq: CLDP facilitates strategic investment planning for provincial investment commissions for the Southern Governorates of Iraq

On April 4-6, CLDP led a delegation of investment commissioners from Iraq’s key southern governorates to participate in the FDI conference hosted by the World Association of Investment Promotion Agencies (WAIPA).  The conference provided attendees with the necessary resources on investment promotion and investment market trends.  Moreover, the conference provided a unique opportunity for Iraq, a current WAIPA member, to network with other promotion agency officials from similar economies, and share lessons learned, as well as, success stories.  On the margins of the workshop, CLDP, guided the delegation and conducted consultations on their respective investment plans and priorities.

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March 11, 2019

Iraq: CLDP Leads Franchising Conference in Baghdad

On Monday, March 11, 2019, in Baghdad, Iraq, at the behest of the U.S. Consulate General in Basrah, CLDP led a conference on franchising at the headquarters of the Iraqi agency in charge of foreign investment, the National Investment Committee (NIC). The purpose of the conference was to highlight the success already achieved by CLDP in terms of franchising by U.S. firms, particularly in the Baghdad and Basrah provinces, so that the audience, composed of Iraqi firms from other provinces, could understand how to become franchisees of U.S. firms. Iraqi media covered the seminar extensively, quoting U.S. Consul General Timmy Davis on his comments regarding business partnerships and starting new franchises. The NIC noted that companies like Burger King, McDonalds, Pizza Hut, and Domino’s are interested in entering the Iraqi market in Kurdistan and the Southern provinces. Franchise agreements between U.S. franchisors and Iraqi franchisees benefit both groups, granting franchisors access to the Iraqi market and creating revenue and opportunities for management experience for franchisees. For the last five years, CLDP, working in close cooperation with FCS, has created opportunities for Iraqi firms interested in becoming franchisees and built the capacity of these Iraqi firms to enter into durable franchising agreements with U.S. franchisors.

March 5, 2019 - March 9, 2019

MENA Region: CLDP Hosts the 9th Annual Middle East Pre-Moot

On March 5-9, CLDP, in partnership with the Royal University for Women (RUW), the Bahrain Center for Dispute Resolution, Mena Chambers Bahrain, and the Center for International Legal Studies of the University of Pittsburgh, hosted the 9th Annual Middle East Vis Pre-Moot at RUW in Riffa, Bahrain. The competition brought together 17 teams consisting of more than 100 students from Afghanistan, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Kuwait, Lebanon, Myanmar, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, Tunisia, and the United Arab Emirates. The University of Colombo from Sri Lanka won the competition and the Royal Institute of Colombo, also from Sri Lanka, took second place. Before the competition, CLDP’s Vis Moot mentors and coaches conducted a three-day training. This five-day program was designed to prepare students for the Willem C. Vis Moot Competition (“the Vis Moot”) that takes place annually in April in Hong Kong and Vienna. The Vis Moot is the most prestigious international moot on commercial arbitration where more than 400 teams from over 100 countries compete on oral and written advocacy. The Vis Moot experience helps equip the participating students with the skills necessary to handle commercial business disputes and bolsters the rule of law in their respective countries.

February 24, 2019 - February 27, 2019

CLDP Visits IFA Convention

CLDP, in cooperation with the Department's Global Franchise Team (ITA and USEAC) and the International Franchise Association (IFA), participated in the International Franchise Association's Annual Convention on February 24 - 27, 2019 to promote US Franchise expansion into Iraq.  Since 2014, CLDP, alongside ITA, USEAC and IFA, have been working the with US Mission to Iraq to develop a cadre of qualified prospective franchisees, improve the business legal environment, and attract US franchisor interest in Iraq's ripe market.  Franchising provides a proven global model for Iraq to create new jobs, increase investment, and diversify its oil dependent economy.  To date, over 10 mega shopping malls have been built, and a multiple of known brands have begun expansion, including, Hardee's, Burger King, KFC, Pizza Hut, and Tootie Frutti. CLDP Attorney-Adviser Mais Abousy participated as a speaker at the 2019 International Franchise Association Convention, and met with U.S. franchise companies to provide insight to the commercial and legal franchise environment in Iraq's Southern Governorates.

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November 12, 2018 - November 15, 2018

Iraq: CLDP Supports the Ministry of Oil’s First International Exhibit

On November 12-15, 2018, Iraq’s Ministry of Oil exhibited for the first time at the Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exposition (ADIPEC). The exhibition came as a result of prior CLDP-sponsored programs and consultations provided to the Ministry on the margins of ADIPEC. Exhibiting at ADIPEC provided U.S. companies and Iraqi officials a prime opportunity to partner on projects and investments that are essential to the development of Iraq’s economy. The Ministry of Oil requested CLDP’s support in exhibiting at the upcoming Offshore Technology Conference to be held in May 2019 in Houston, Texas.