Saudi Arabia

November 16, 2018

Saudi Arabia: CLDP to Pilot National Arabic Arbitration Moot with the SCCA

On November 16, the Saudi Center for Commercial Arbitration (SCCA), in cooperation with CLDP, will initiate the Youth Arbitration Moot for the premier legal institutions in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in both Arabic and English. The Youth Arbitration Moot will be the first National Moot on Commercial Arbitration, focused on developing the capacity of the next generation of ADR practitioners in the Kingdom. The Moot will be modeled after CLDP’s Middle East Vis Pre-Moot Program, which prepares teams from the Middle East and North Africa to compete in the International Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot, a program created by the UN aimed to spread the use of international commercial arbitration. Through the Youth Arbitration Moot, SCCA will improve clinical legal education, increase the use of arbitration, and develop the capacity of current and future ADR lawyers in Saudi Arabia.

November 15, 2018 - November 16, 2018

Saudi Arabia: CLDP and the Saudi Center for Commercial Arbitration Host Conference

On November 15-16, the Saudi Center for Commercial Arbitration (SCCA) will host its inaugural conference on "The Role of Institutional Arbitration in Economic Reforms and Investment Promotion," under the patronage of H.E. Minister of Justice Dr. Walid bin Mohammed Al-Samaani, and H.E. Minister of Commerce and Investment Dr. Majid bin Abdullah Al-Qasabi, with the cooperation of the International Center for Disputes Resolution. The two-day conference offers participants a unique opportunity to review arbitration best practices within several international arbitration institutions, the different alternative disputes resolution (ADR) practices in the region, associated challenges, and the role of other entities in relation to supporting the development of the institutional arbitration industry in the Kingdom and abroad. The conference will bring together 46 experts from 14 countries to address more than 300 attendees. CLDP is an integral partner to SCCA, consistently contributing to the strategic development of ADR practice in the Kingdom through joint workshops and conferences. 

October 17, 2018 - October 18, 2018

Saudi Arabia: Women's Mediation and Arbitration Workshop

On November 17-18, CLDP, in cooperation with the Saudi Center for Commercial Arbitration (SCCA), will initiate an SCCA-sanctioned alternative dispute resolution (ADR) training course for future female commercial mediation and arbitration lawyers. The ADR course is part of SCCA’s goal to certify up to 60 female mediators and arbitrators to manage cases brought to the SCCA in the coming two years. The ADR Course was envisioned after the successful implementation of a pilot women’s workshop on “Negotiations and Mediation” that was conducted by CLDP in December of 2017. The two-day program will engage participants in a series of intensive ADR simulations guided by an expert from UNCITRAL alongside the region’s top Arab female ADR specialists.

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.

June 21, 2018 - June 22, 2018

Saudi Arabia: CLDP Hosts Saudi Center for Commercial Arbitration

On June 21 and 22, in Washington DC, CLDP hosted representatives from the Saudi Center for Commercial Arbitration (SCCA), a recently created international alternative dispute resolution center affiliated with the Saudi Chambers of Commerce to resolve commercial disputes in Riyadh.  CLDP has worked with SCCA since its inception to ensure that there are alternative dispute resolution options in Riyadh to help resolve international commercial dispute for US and Saudi companies alike.  SCCA provides a reliable option for dispute resolution that is attractive to Saudi litigants who prefer to manage their commercial disputes in Riyadh rather than in other places in the Gulf Cooperation Council.  As a center based on international commercial dispute resolution standards, SCCA also provides an attractive option for U.S. and international companies that would normally try to resolve disputes in New York, Dubai, London, or Paris.  SCCA’s development coincides with significant commercial dispute resolution reform in Saudi Arabia, such as the recent Ministry of Justice decision to honor $3.4 billion in foreign court rulings, demonstrating Saudi’s commitment to upholding high standards for contract enforcement in the Kingdom.

April 16, 2018 - April 20, 2018

Saudi Arabia Consultations on Implementing New Bankruptcy Law

From April 16 – 20, CLDP hosted a delegation of 16 judges and government officials from Saudi Arabia, headed by the Deputy Minister of Justice, for consultations on developing a successful bankruptcy system in Saudi Arabia and improving the transparency and efficiency of its commercial courts.

April 16, 2018 - April 20, 2018

Saudi Arabia: CLDP Organizes Consultations on Implementing New Bankruptcy Law

From April 16-20, a delegation of 16 judges and government officials from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), headed by the Deputy Minister of Justice, participated in consultations on developing a bankruptcy system in KSA and improving the transparency and efficiency of its commercial courts. Participants attended a bankruptcy trial in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court of the Southern District of New York, as well as commercial cases in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York and the New York State Supreme Court’s Commercial Division. The participants learned about the process by which bankruptcy cases are adjudicated in the U.S.; how a transparent and predictable bankruptcy system can help attract foreign investment; the role of court automation and case management technology in ensuring efficient and transparent adjudication of disputes; and valuation methods and the enforcement of cross border bankruptcy judgments, which is becoming increasingly important with the global nature of commercial lending. Earlier this year, KSA promulgated a new bankruptcy law that provides debtors and creditors with court supervised solutions for failing companies, including business restructuring. CLDP was instrumental in the development of the new law and is now collaborating with the Government of Saudi Arabia to train the judges that will preside over insolvency proceedings and the government stakeholders that will regulate the bankruptcy system.

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.