Iraq

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.

November 12, 2018 - November 15, 2018

Iraq: CLDP Supports U.S. Companies Working in Southern Iraq’s Oil and Gas Industry

On November 12-15, 2018, in Abu Dhabi, CLDP supported U.S. Consul General to the Southern Governorates Timothy Davis in reassuring U.S. oil and gas industry representatives of the U.S. government’s commitment to support the development of economic and legal environment in southern Iraq. Recently, the U.S. Department of State made an unprecedented move to close diplomatic and military operations in southern Iraq, due to rising costs and security concerns. The closure severely impacted U.S.-Iraq relations, specifically southern provincial diplomatic engagement.  U.S. companies were concerned that the lack of U.S. presence in Basrah would hamper their operations and future works. In an effort to ease concerns and provide a new economic and diplomatic strategy for U.S. engagement in southern Iraq, CLDP organized a series of meetings for Consul General Davis on the margins of the Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exposition, the world’s leading conference on oil and gas. Meetings, organized in coordination with the bilateral U.S.-Arab Chamber of Commerce and the U.S. Commercial Service in the United Arab Emirates, included Exxon, Chevron, Honeywell UOP, Halliburton, Excelerate Energy, Siemens USA, and other notable engineering, procurement, and construction service providers. In addition to the meetings, CLDP and Consul General Davis are coordinating closely to develop creative ways to sustain engagements with local stakeholders (government and private sector) for the coming year to continue to provide the needed support for U.S. companies working and seeking work in Iraq’s southern governorates.

November 8, 2018 - November 13, 2018

Iraq: ITA and CLDP Support Iraq Franchise Market

On November 10-13, 2018, CLDP, in coordination with the U.S. Embassy in Iraq, the Department of Commerce Global Franchise Team, and the International Franchise Association (IFA), sponsored a delegation of Iraqi investors and franchisees to the Global Restaurant Leaders Conference (GRLC) in Dubai. The GRLC is an annual event for franchise market executives of food operators and suppliers, providing an exclusive opportunity to network and connect with key industry leaders. CLDP and ITA jointly provided consultations to Iraqi participants and made presentations during the event, highlighting Iraq’s potential markets. The delegation met with IFA leadership as well as executives of major U.S. brand operators. The meetings and consultations have yielded a heightened interest to expand in Iraq, identification of potential partnerships, and initiated preliminary negotiations for key brands. Meetings included Steak ‘n Shake, Domino’s Pizza, PJ’s Coffee, Wingstop, Arby’s, Hardee’s, Krispy Kreme, other Yum Brands, and the Al Shaya Group (master franchisees of several U.S. brands for the Middle East). In an effort to sustain further development of the franchise market, the Iraq delegation plans to establish a local franchise association, in coordination and with support from IFA.

May 29, 2018 - June 2, 2018

Iraq: CLDP Prepares Iraqi Investors to Acquire US Franchises

On May 29 - June 2, CLDP, in coordination with the US Mission to Iraq, ITA, FCS, and the International Franchise Association (IFA), hosted a 5 day program on “Investing in US Franchises” for a delegation of prospective Iraqi franchisees.  

April 30, 2018 - May 4, 2018

Iraq: CLDP Develops Models of Complex Investment Contracts for U.S. Goods

During the first week of May 2018, CLDP brought a delegation from Iraq's Ministry of Oil (MoO) to Houston for the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC). The purpose was to facilitate and support the creation of Public Private Partnership (PPPs) between MoO and the U.S. private sector for the development of Iraq’s oil industry.

April 4, 2018

Iraq Guide for Drafting International Arbitration Clauses

In an effort to promote foreign investment in Iraq, the Commercial Law Development Program (CLDP), created jointly with Iraqi officials, an Arbitration Guidebook to help Iraqi lawyers in the government and in the private sector draft effective and enforceable arbitration clauses.

 

في محاولة لتشجيع الاستثمار الأجنبي في العراق، تم وضع برنامج تطوير القانون التجاري (CLDP)، بالاشتراك مع مسؤولين عراقيين، وهو دليل تحكيم لمساعدة المحامين العراقيين في الحكومة وفي القطاع الخاص على صياغة فقرات تحكيم فعالة وقابلة للتنفيذ

Tags:
March 22, 2018 - March 29, 2018

CLDP to sponsor Middle East Law Schools to compete in the 25th Annual Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot

On March 22-29, 2018, CLDP sponsored three Middle East law schools: Iraqyia College of Law, Faculty of Legal, Political and Social Sciences of Tunis, and University of Jordan to participate in the 25th Annual Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot (Vis Moot) in Vienna, Austria. 

February 21, 2018

Middle East, North Africa, Afghanistan, and Sri Lanka: CLDP Sponsors the 4th Annual Middle East Pre -Moot Arbitrator Roundtable

On February 21, CLDP, in coordination with the Royal University for Women, the Bahrain Chamber for Dispute Resolution, Mena Chambers Bahrain, UNCITRAL, and ICC, hosted the 4th Annual Middle East Arbitrator Roundtable at the Royal University for Women in Manama, Bahrain.  The Roundtable was led by Dr. Stefan Kroll of the Vis Moot Organization, Professor Ron Brand of the University of Pittsburgh’s Center of International Legal Studies, and Ryan Harrington of UNCITRAL. More than 70 arbitrators from around the world participated and in sessions focused on addressing current developments in international trade and investment arbitration.  The program was conducted on the margins of CLDP’s 8th Annual Middle East Vis Pre-Moot program and provided an unique opportunity for current transactional lawyers to connect with the next generation of future arbitrators.  Participants discussed current changes in arbitration law and practice and prepared themselves to serve as judges in simulated arbitration rounds.  The Roundtable has become an annual event that has developed a community of legal practitioners in championing the practice of effective contract enforcement and dispute resolution.

February 19, 2018 - February 23, 2018

CLDP sponsors the 8th Annual Middle East Vis Pre-Moot

On February 19-23, CLDP, in partnership with the Royal University for Women, the Bahrain Chamber for Dispute Resolution, Mena Chambers Bahrain, UNCITRAL, and ICC, hosted the 8th Annual Middle East Vis Pre-Moot at the Royal University for Women in Manama, Bahrain.  The program brought together 15 teams consisting of over 90 students from Afghanistan, Bahrain, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, Tunisia and the United Arab Emirates for extensive clinical training in oral advocacy as well as simulated arbitrations.  The program consisted of three days of training and two days of competition.  The training was conducted by former Vis Moot champions and mentors, and Professor Ronald Brand from the Center of International Legal Studies, University of Pittsburgh.  Additionally, the competition was arbitrated by over 70 legal practitioners from across the globe.  

November 13, 2017 - November 16, 2017

Iraq: CLDP supports Iraq in developing downstream opportunities for US investors

From November 13 - 16, CLDP provided consultations to a high-level delegation from Iraq's Ministry of Oil on developing investment projects that would attract US investors, companies, and technologies.  

Tags: