The Middle East & North Africa

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.

April 8, 2018 - April 9, 2018

West Bank: CLDP Hosts Franchise Workshop with Current and Prospective Investors

On April 10, CLDP, in cooperation with U.S. Commercial Service and the Ministry of National Economy, hosted a consultation with current franchisees of local and foreign brands, as well as prospective franchise investors. The workshop provided a primer on how to attract foreign franchises, the franchise business model, and current trends and investment outlooks of major US and foreign brands in the Middle East. Participants also learned about how to benefit from participating in key franchise expos, specifically the International Franchise Expo in New York this May 2018. For their part, investors shared information on commercial and legal factors impacting the development of the franchise industry in the West Bank.

April 6, 2018 - April 7, 2018

West Bank: CLDP Conducts Trademark Workshop for Palestinian Judges and Prosecutors

On April 6-7, CLDP, in cooperation with the Higher Judicial Council and the Office of the Attorney General, hosted a two-day workshop on the calculation of damages in trademark cases. CLDP, along with Judge Denise Cote from the Southern District of New York and Dorian Mazurkevich from USPTO, guided 25 Judges and Prosecutors in understanding different models of calculating damages under civil and common law, specifically in the use of statutory damages. The participants engaged in a simulated case study that enabled them to apply the current IP law to the calculation of damage of a civil trademark. The exercise was key in facilitating dialogue among judges and prosecutors on application of the current law, which led them to appreciate the need to review the current draft IP law and address gaps to providing civil right to damages in trademark cases. As a new IP law is being drafted, the workshop was timely in providing guidance on the calculation of damages of civil cases that may arise from criminal cases brought by the Office of the Attorney General. Currently, the IP law is a hybrid of British, Ottoman, Jordanian, and Egyptian law. 

April 4, 2018

Iraq Guide for Drafting International Arbitration Clauses

In an effort to promote foreign investment in Iraq, the Commercial Law Development Program (CLDP), created jointly with Iraqi officials, an Arbitration Guidebook to help Iraqi lawyers in the government and in the private sector draft effective and enforceable arbitration clauses.

 

في محاولة لتشجيع الاستثمار الأجنبي في العراق، تم وضع برنامج تطوير القانون التجاري (CLDP)، بالاشتراك مع مسؤولين عراقيين، وهو دليل تحكيم لمساعدة المحامين العراقيين في الحكومة وفي القطاع الخاص على صياغة فقرات تحكيم فعالة وقابلة للتنفيذ

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April 4, 2018 - April 5, 2018

West Bank: CLDP Provides Technical Consultations on the Palestinian Draft Competition Law

On April 4-5, CLDP, in cooperation with the Ministry of National Economy and the National Steering Committee on Competition, hosted a two-day workshop to review the current draft Competition Law. Tim Hughes, an international competition expert from the Federal Trade Commission joined public sector and private sector stakeholders in reviewing the draft law and provided a comparative analysis based on international best practices. Specifically, the participants applied the current draft provisions to simulated competition cases in order to identify potential gaps in the draft legal framework. A list of recommended revisions for further review and consideration were drafted at the conclusion of the workshop. In the coming weeks, CLDP will provide further written commentary to supplement the list of recommendations.

March 26, 2018 - March 28, 2018

Bahrain: CLDP Conducts Parliamentary Administration and Ethics Training

On March 26-28, in Manama, Bahrain, CLDP conducted two one-day legislative drafting programs for members of the Bahrain Council of Representatives and their professional staff.  Experts from CLDP and the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on House Administration discussed administrative regulation and ethics in parliamentary bodies, emphasizing the importance of transparency and accountability as legislative offices utilize official funds for administrative matters.  Participants were particularly interested in discerning the types of expenditures that are allowed and prohibited in the U.S. House of Representatives and drew parallels to the Bahraini legislative body.  MPs also discussed regulations prohibiting nepotism, which can be a challenge to regulate in Bahrain.  The Bahraini parliament started a project to draft ethics guidelines in 2015 and believes the draft is ready for parliamentary vote.

March 23, 2018 - March 25, 2018

Algeria and Tunisia: CLDP Organizes Franchise Training at Paris Franchise Expo

CLDP hosted a delegation of franchising stakeholders from Algeria and Tunisia, including government officials and private-sector executives, in Paris, France from March 23-25, 2018, for a workshop and expo visit focused on international franchising.

March 22, 2018 - March 24, 2018

West Bank: CLDP Discusses E-Prosecution at the 8th Annual Palestine Public Prosecution Conference

On March 22-24, CLDP was represented by Mr. Brian Pearce and Professor Michael Landau at the 8th Annual Palestine Public Prosecutors Conference. Pearce and Landau provided key remarks on e-prosecution, focusing on cyber and IP crimes. Conference attendees consisted of over 200 participants, including Palestinian Public Prosecutors, academics, and many international experts. In addition to Pearce and Landau’s direct contribution to the conference, they had extensive discussions with the Attorney General, Dr. Ahmed Barka, about international standards for electronic case management of IP cases. . CLDP was the only US government entity represented in the conference.