Saudi Arabia

December 13, 2017 - December 14, 2017

Saudi Arabia: CLDP Trains Women Law Students for International Commercial Arbitration Vis Moot Competition

On December 13 – 14, CLDP will conduct an international commercial arbitration writing and oral advocacy training program for the reigning-champion, all-women Vis Moot team from Dar Al-Hekma College of Law.  For several years, CLDP has provided start-up assistance and continued training to the team, and its women law students continue to exceed international expectations by maintaining their lead in regional competition for the previous 4 years.  This month’s training program is conducted in preparation for the 8th Annual Middle East Vis Pre-Moot and the 25th Annual Willem C. Vis Moot International Commercial Arbitration Moot, where arbitrators from around the globe are looking for the team to make it to the renowned Round of 64 in the competition.  Since 2014, the Dar Al-Hekma’s Vis Pre-Moot program has graduated over 30 women who are now working as legal professionals in international law firms, serving as high level officials in government, or have joined as law faculty at Dar Al-Hekma.

 

 

December 12, 2017 - December 13, 2017

Saudi Arabia: CLDP Trains Capital Markets Regulators

On December 12-13, CLDP in close cooperation with the Saudi Arabia Capital Markets Authority and the Saudi Center for Commercial Arbitration, conducted two one-day workshops in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia regarding alternative dispute resolution in the financial industry.  Enlisting the expertise of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), CLDP presented to over 200 capital markets regulators regarding best practices in alternative dispute resolution in the financial industry.  Topics included Capital Market Dispute Procedures, Qualifications of Financial Sector Mediators and Arbitrators, Continuing Education for Regulators, and Case Administration.  This program will result in increasing the understanding of alternative dispute resolution in the financial industry, ensuring greater reliability of financial contract enforcement in Saudi Arabia.

December 11, 2017

Saudi Arabia: CLDP Trains Judges in Alternative Dispute Resolution

On December 11, CLDP conducted a one-day workshop in Riyadh to train judges regarding their roles in alternative dispute resolution proceedings.  CLDP worked in close cooperation with the Saudi Arabia General Investment Authority and Saudi Center for Commercial Arbitration to organize the training workshop, and enlisted the expertise of judges and international dispute resolution experts to focus on best practices in referring and awarding alternative dispute resolution decisions.  Program experts included the Honorable Barrington D. Parker, Senior Judge at the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and Judge Mostafa Abdel Ghaffar from the Saudi Center for Commercial Arbitration.  Participants in the program increased their understanding of the role of judges in alternative dispute resolution in commercial cases, and are helping to ensure greater reliability of contract compliance and enforcement for American businesses operating in Saudi Arabia.

December 10, 2017 - December 12, 2017

Saudi Arabia: CLDP Conducts First-of-Kind Saudi Women’s Legal Negotiation Workshop

On December 10 – 12, CLDP, in cooperation with the Saudi Center for Commercial Arbitration (SCCA), will host a Women’s Legal Workshop on Negotiation and Mediation to a group of 35 distinguished female lawyers and legal professionals.  Participants were selected through a rigorous application process, conducted by SCCA, which received over 500 applications.  The workshop will be the first of its kind in providing customized legal skills training in negotiation and mediation.  During the workshop, participants will engage in extensive simulations, case studies, and role play, aimed to provide practical exposure to the process of negotiation and mediation of commercial and non-commercial transactions.  Given the amount of interest and demand for legal workshops for women, SCCA has requested that CLDP conduct a series of workshops to address various legal topics that will empower women legal practitioners in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

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. 

October 14, 2017

CLDP To Provide Preparatory Training Sessions for 2018 Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot and Vis East Moot

On October 12-14 in Manama, Bahrain, CLDP, in cooperation with Royal University for Women (RUW), the Bahrain Chamber for Dispute Resolution (BCDR-AAA), the University Pittsburgh's Center for International Legal Education (CILE), and MENA Chambers Bahrain held a preparatory training in Manama, Bahrain, aimed to prepare South Asia, Middle East and North Africa law students to compete in the 25th Annual Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot, to be held in Vienna, Austria and Hong Kong in March-April 2018.

September 12, 2017

CLDP Conducts Roundtable for American Business Group of Riyadh

On September 12, CLDP conducted a commercial law roundtable for the American Business Group of Riyadh (ABGR) legal staff in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. CLDP staff presented to over 20 participants a history of commercial law developments in Saudi Arabia and the region that have improved the environment for doing business for us companies, such as a new arbitration law pasted in 2012. CLDP has worked for over a decade to provide legislative drafting assistance and commercial law implementation programming to reform commercial laws in Saudi Arabia, affecting many commercial sectors such as corporate governance, contract enforcement, intellectual property rights, and insolvency. ABGR members noted improvements in legal practice in Saudi Arabia since CLDP started working in the Kingdom over 10 years ago. For example, members reported that contract enforcement efforts of today are much more hopeful for fair resolution than they were 10 years ago. Participants also said that intellectual property rights enforcement is much more robust now that in the past.

September 10, 2017 - September 11, 2017

CLDP hosts Arbitration Clause Drafting Seminars

On September 10-11, CLDP conducted 2 one-day seminars at the Saudi Center for Commercial Arbitration (SCCA) in Riyadh. Enlisting the expertise of international business transaction contracting experts, the seminars focused on best practices in contract drafting, specifically arbitration clauses, and methods to limit transaction confusion and increase certainty in contract dispute resolution that has long been sought after by US and Saudi businesses alike. The program sought to increase the quality and understanding of contracts clauses, increase requisite clarity and certainty, and expedite the resolution of commercial conflicts quickly when they arise, ultimately ensuring greater reliability of contract compliance and enforcement. The program included participants from both the government and private sector legal community interested in enhancing their legal drafting skills.

 

 

May 14, 2017 - May 16, 2017

CLDP Conducts Arbitration Clause Drafting Seminar in Kuwait

On May 16, 2017, CLDP conducted a one-day seminar at the Kuwait Commercial Arbitration Center (KCAC) in Kuwait City on best practices in contract drafting, focusing on arbitration clauses. Enlisting the expertise of international business transactions contracting experts, CLDP and KCAC conducted a seminar on methods to limit transaction confusion and increase certainty in contract dispute resolution, which has been long sought after by US and Kuwaiti business alike. Participants in the May 16 program were representative stakeholders from government, the private sector, and legal community professionals interested in enhancing their legal drafting skills, including determining the correct terms in English and Arabic to increase requisite clarity and certainty as well as expedite the resolution of commercial conflicts quickly when they arise. This program will increase the quality and understanding of contracts clauses before business is conducted in the Arabian Peninsula, ensuring greater reliability of contract compliance and enforcement.