Saudi Arabia

March 14, 2017 - March 17, 2017

Insolvency Workshop

From March 14-17, 2017 CLDP will conduct a four day study tour for program participants from the Bahrain and Morocco. The workshop will discuss different models for 1) structuring the courts that oversee insolvency proceedings, 2) determining the roles of creditors and debtors in the insolvency process, for 3) selecting trustees and 4) determining the role of the court in the insolvency proceeding versus the role of the trustee. The study tour will be led by a US Federal Judge from the U.S. Bankruptcy Court of the Southern District of New York, a specialized federal court that reviews some of the most complex bankruptcy proceedings in the country, bankruptcy lawyers from the US, the UK, Singapore and Dubai. The workshop will also provide an opportunity to highlight the provisions of regional insolvency laws and the anticipated changes that will be made to the judiciaries in those countries.

January 24, 2017 - January 26, 2017

MENA: CLDP Organizes Regional Workshop to Support Specialized Business Courts

On January 24-26, CLDP conducted a workshop in Kuwait, in coordination with the Supreme Council on Planning and Development, on best practices in making specialized business courts more competent, efficient and transparent. The workshop focused primarily on the procedural elements that are needed for a successful business court including the development of local procedural rules, mechanisms to fast track cases and obtain injunctive relief, clear and efficient jurisdictional boundaries, and judicial education programs to prepare judges for complex domestic and cross-border disputes.

December 5, 2016 - December 7, 2016

Roundtable on the Role of Courts in Insolvency

CLDP hosted a roundtable focusing on the role of the courts in adjudicating insolvency proceedings and the importance of a restructuring mechanism in domestic legislation that will both revive companies and maximize recovery for lenders. The workshop was led by a US Bankruptcy Judge and a lawyer specializing in insolvency and restructuing. The roundtable included legal advisors and judges from Bahrain and Saudi Arabia.

October 17, 2016 - October 19, 2016

Regional Court Automation Workshop

From October 17-19, CLDP conducted a workshop, in cooperation with the Bahrain Supreme Judicial Council, on international best practices in the automation of court procedures. The workshop was led by US Federal Judges Sidney Stein and Kevin Castel in addition to the Chief Judge of the North Carolina Business Court, James Gale, and the Chief Judge of the Dubai Commercial Court, Mohamed Al-Sabousy. The program participants included judges and administrators from Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Morocco and Jordan, nearly all of which are in the process of developing or improving their court automation systems. The event was conducted as part of CLDP’s ongoing Contract Enforcement program in the MENA region to strengthen and streamline the dispute resolution process in the national courts.

The goal of the workshop was to show how court automation can create a more transparent, predictable and efficient dispute resolution process, which is essential for economic development. The workshop provided the participants with an overview of the court automation systems in the US Federal Courts, the North Carolina Business Court and the Dubai Courts, which are some of the most advanced systems in the world. The sessions also discussed how to effectively transition from a paper-based to an automated system and the lessons learned from the process globally. In addition, the workshop included a session on developing the necessary rules and legal framework that would govern the automated process citing the Electronic Case Filing Rules used in the US Federal Courts. Finally, the Dubai and North Carolina judges made presentations on the creation of business courts as a way of streamlining the dispute resolution process and the potential for using the business court as a pilot for court automation.

May 31, 2016 - June 2, 2016

MENA Regional Program on Contract Enforcement

On May 31-June 2, CLDP led a six-country Middle East and North Africa regional workshop on contract enforcement best practices.

February 9, 2016 - February 13, 2016

CLDP 6th Annual Middle East Vis Pre-Moot

On February 9-13, 2016 in Manama, CLDP hosted the 6th Annual Middle East Vis Pre-Moot, in coordination with Bahrain Center of Disputes and Resolutions (BCDR), the Royal University for Women, Mena Chambers, and the University of Pittsburg (CILE).