Kuwait

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.

September 27, 2018 - September 28, 2018

MENA: CLDP Organizes Regional Insolvency Conference

On September 27-28, in Casablanca, Morocco, CLDP organized a regional conference on insolvency for 75 participants from the MENA region. In recent years, Morocco, Tunisia, Saudi Arabia, and Bahrain have passed new insolvency laws that are in line with international best practices, and Kuwait is in the process of drafting a similar law. These laws allow for civil protection from creditors and for the restructuring of companies in financial peril, but success in transforming the insolvency practices in these countries will depend upon proper implementation of the new laws. For that reason, CLDP organized a regional conference for judges, lawyers, trustees, and other stakeholders from each of these 5 countries to come together to hear best practices and practical examples from the U.S. and to share experiences. CLDP expert advisors, including two U.S. federal bankruptcy judges and an insolvency expert from the UN Commission on International Trade Law spoke about the role of the judiciary in restructuring cases, cross-border insolvencies, methods of valuation, and the role of alternative dispute resolution in restructuring cases, all key considerations in the successful implementation of an effective insolvency system. This regional workshop complements CLDP’s bilateral insolvency assistance in the region, which aims to prepare the judiciaries in these countries to preside over insolvency proceedings. The new laws and their effective implementation will help these countries attract foreign investment, including U.S. investors who seek fair and predictable mechanisms for credit recovery.

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.  

February 7, 2018

Kuwait: CLDP Provides Legislative Experience for Economic Development Conference

On February 7, CLDP Senior Counsel James Filpi spoke at the Kuwait annual Knowledge Economy Forum conference organized by the Kuwait Supreme Council of Planning and Development in Kuwait City. The conference brought experts in economic development from around the world to discuss the demands on Kuwait to develop a knowledge based economy and continue to be a robust participant in the global economy. Mr. Filpi emphasized the importance of Kuwait keeping pace with international commercial law standards and the challenges for legislators supporting economic growth in a knowledge based economy. Mr. Filpi provided insights into lessons learned in the Arabian Peninsula and globally for legislative drafters attempting to regulate a knowledge based economy effectively. Since 2004 in the Arabian Peninsula, CLDP has advocated for legislative efforts to modernize commercial law and trained legal stakeholders in international commercial law best practices. CLDP’s focus in the Arabian Peninsula is to provide the legal expertise and training to encourage the countries in the Arabian Peninsula to modernize their commercial laws and create opportunities for local and international companies operating in the region.

February 6, 2018

Kuwait: Comparative Arbitration Law Seminar

On February 8, 2018, CLDP and the Kuwait Commercial Arbitration Center (KCAC) will conduct a seminar focusing on best practices in drafting arbitration legislation. Enlisting the expertise of international dispute resolution experts in local and international practices, CLDP and KCAC will conduct the seminar for stakeholders interested in arbitration law and practice in Kuwait.

February 6, 2018

Kuwait: CLDP Advocates for Kuwait Arbitration Law Reform

On February 6, CLDP staff and international dispute resolution experts from the American Arbitration Association and the International Chamber of Commerce met with representatives of the Kuwait Council of Ministers Department of Legal Advice & Legislation (“the Department). CLDP advocated for reform in the current legal regime governing alternative dispute resolution (ADR) in Kuwait. The Department was encouraged to adopt a new arbitration law to not only keep pace with international standards, but also to keep pace with recent arbitration law developments in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). CLDP pledged to share experience with other GCC arbitration law developments with the Department. Over the past several years, CLDP has collaborated with Bahrain, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE in modernizing their arbitration laws. In Kuwait, CLDP addressed portions of the Kuwait arbitration law that are outdated for modern commercial transactions. The current Kuwait arbitration law dates to 1960.  CLDP also advocated for changing the Kuwait arbitration law to empower international companies in contracts in Kuwait. With a modernized ADR regime in Kuwait, foreign companies would be encouraged to partner with Kuwaiti companies - increasing technology and knowledge transfer to the Kuwaiti economy. Representatives of the Department welcomed CLDP collaboration and outlined a legislative strategy by which Kuwait could update its current ADR legal regime. Over the coming months, CLDP will provide guidance to the Department in this legislative endeavor. With successful collaboration in recent years in Bahrain, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and now Kuwait, CLDP has been a principal participant in modernizing international ADR in the GCC region that will benefit local and US companies alike.

December 7, 2017 - December 13, 2017

CLDP Organizes 2 MENA Workshops on International Arbitration

CLDP hosted two programs on international arbitration in Tunis, Tunisia and Casablanca, Morocco from December 7-13, 2017.