Saudi Arabia

April 1, 2019 - April 2, 2019

MENA: CLDP Facilitates Participation in INSOL 13th Annual Judicial Colloquium

On April 1-2, in Singapore, CLDP, in coordination with INSOL International (International Association of Restructuring, Insolvency and Bankruptcy Professionals), supported the participation of judges from Bahrain, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Tunisia in the 13th INSOL Judicial Colloquium. INSOL International is a global federation of associations including lawyers, judges and accountants that aims to increase international cooperation and communication in the insolvency profession. The INSOL Judicial Colloquium is the only global venue for judges from around the world to share best practices in restructuring and liquidation procedures. This year is the first time that these four countries have participated in the Colloquium and CLDP plans to leverage INSOL’s extensive network and resources, such as its World Bank-funded Judicial Training College, to support its ongoing programming with MENA judges. The Colloquium provided the MENA judges with the opportunity to apply modern bankruptcy principles to hypothetical case studies and to receive practical guidance from senior judges from more advanced bankruptcy jurisdictions. CLDP plans to develop joint programs with INSOL over the next two years to expand its judicial training activities.

March 31, 2019 - April 3, 2019

MENA: CLDP Trains Judges to Effectively Implement New Bankruptcy Laws

On March 31 and April 3, in Singapore, CLDP organized trainings for judges from Bahrain, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and Tunisia on the role of courts in managing restructuring and liquidation procedures. The trainings focused specifically on court administration, cross-border judicial cooperation and ensuring compliance with bankruptcy procedures. Since 2016, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and Tunisia have passed new bankruptcy laws, which all include modern restructuring mechanisms. In Bahrain and Saudi Arabia, prior to the enactment of these laws, bankruptcy was synonymous with liquidation and courts were not used as a venue to rescue companies or to prevent their failure. CLDP assisted in developing these new statutes and is now conducting a multi-phase program focused on the implementation of these mechanisms, with a specific concentration on judicial capacity building. The trainings in Singapore this week have been led by senior U.S. bankruptcy judges from the Southern District of New York. Trainings also included presentations by World Bank and private sector experts on the impact of restructurings and judicial decision-making on the credit market and the larger economic outlook of a country. The trainings emphasized the importance of transparency, consistency and predictability in the management of bankruptcies to maximize value and build confidence in the bankruptcy process.

March 10, 2019 - March 12, 2019

Saudi Arabia: CLDP Conducts PPP Assessment

On March 10-14, in Riyadh, CLDP met with stakeholders in the new public private partnership (PPP) legal regime in Saudi Arabia. CLDP met with the Saudi Arabia General Investment Authority (SAGIA), the National Center for Privatization and Public Private Partnerships (NCP), local attorneys representing U.S. companies bidding for PPP projects, and sector-specific government committees for the establishment of PPPs. This year the NCP published a draft privatization and PPP law for Saudi Arabia emphasizing international commercial law principles of PPP for which CLDP provided initial guidance. Once the law is finalized, CLDP has agreed to assist SAGIA and the NCP in the development of PPP regulations. During the assessment, CLDP identified the need for regulatory development and capacity building for fair opportunity and treatment of private sector companies bidding for PPPs in Saudi Arabia. CLDP plans to provide PPP capacity building programs for NCP, SAGIA and other ministry committees regarding the efficient and effective implementation of the new PPP law. With an effective PPP legal regime in Saudi Arabia, U.S. companies will have many large-scale opportunities to provide services to ministries as the country privatizes and partners with the private sector to develop government services that will reach the goals set forth in the Saudi Arabia Vision 2030.

March 10, 2019 - March 11, 2019

Saudi Arabia: CLDP Trains Saudi Bankruptcy Commission

On March 11-12, CLDP conducted training in international best practices of bankruptcy for policy-makers and trustees in the newly-established Saudi Bankruptcy Commission (SBC) in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The acting U.S. Trustee for Region 3 (which includes Delaware, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania) and the Acting U.S. Trustee for Region 4 (which includes Maryland, South Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbia) presented on the trustee's role and U.S. best practices in bankruptcy. SBC leaders also presented on the role of the trustee in Saudi Arabia's nascent bankruptcy regime. In addition to the role of the trustee, topics included managing the relationship between judges and trustees, restructuring, and liquidation. Points of discussion also included selection and training of trustees and professional responsibility. An effective bankruptcy legal regime in Saudi Arabia will provide protections for U.S. companies operating in the region and increase the security of investments in Saudi Arabia.

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.

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.