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, initiated 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) hosed 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 offered 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 brought together 46 experts from 14 countries to address more than 600 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 24, 2018 - October 25, 2018

Saudi Arabia: CLDP Co-Organizes Annual Conference for Chief Judges of Administrative Tribunals

On October 24-25, CLDP conducted a conference with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s Board of Grievances (BoG) on the importance of transparent and efficient court administration to build trust in the Kingdom’s public procurement system and attract foreign investment. For the first time in its nearly 40-year existence, the BoG invited a non-Saudi entity to organize and lead its annual meeting of chief judges. CLDP developed the agenda for the program and invited several international experts including a U.S. federal judge, a litigator, and a CLDP intermittent expert to deliver presentations. CLDP delivered the initial presentation of the conference on the importance of evaluating tribunals’ performance using tools such as the International Framework for Court Excellence and the World Bank’s Benchmarking Public Procurement methodology, which focus on core principles of integrity, efficiency, transparency and predictability in the adjudicative process. The BoG has exclusive jurisdiction over administrative disputes including procurement decisions made by all government offices. However, the BoG’s decisions are often slow and unpredictable, which greatly reduces competition and confidence in the Kingdom’s procurement process. CLDP’s participation in the conference is part of a multi-phase engagement to improve the Kingdom’s public procurement system.

October 21, 2018 - October 25, 2018

Saudi Arabia: CLDP Conducts Judicial Capacity Building

On October 21-25, CLDP, in cooperation with the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) of Saudi Arabia, Saudi Arabia General Investment Authority (SAGIA), and the Board of Grievances (BOG), conducted a judicial capacity building programming in Riyadh. Program content focused on court specialization and case management as tools to increase the efficiency and transparency of both commercial and administrative courts in Saudi Arabia. Experts spoke about the importance of predictable and transparent adjudication mechanisms in attracting investment and facilitating business activity, particularly with respect to commercial, insolvency and procurement related cases.  Participating judges came from the BOG, which resolves procurement and other disputes with the government, and from the newly established commercial courts within the MOJ.  These judicial training programs are part of CLDP's effort, led in coordination with the World Bank, to encourage legal reform in Saudi Arabia in line with the Saudi Arabian Vision 2030 economic plan to diversify the country’s economy beyond fossil fuels.  These reforms will also create more opportunities and improve fair legal representation for U.S. companies working with Saudi Arabia. 

October 17, 2018 - October 18, 2018

Saudi Arabia: CLDP Starts ADR Course for Saudi Women Mediators and Arbitrators

On October 17-18, CLDP, in cooperation with the Saudi Center for Commercial Arbitration (SCCA), initiated 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 engaged 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.