The Middle East & North Africa

March 5, 2019 - March 9, 2019

9th Middle East Vis Pre-Moot March 2019

On March 5-9, CLDP, in partnership with the Royal University for Women, the Bahrain Chamber for Dispute Resolution, Mena Chambers Bahrain, UNCITRAL, and ICC, will host the 9th Annual Middle East Vis Pre-Moot at the Royal University for Women in Manama, Bahrain

February 24, 2019 - February 27, 2019

CLDP to Visit IFA Convention

CLDP Attorney-Adviser Mais Abousy will participate as a speaker at the 2019 International Franchise Association Convention, as well as meet with U.S. franchise companies to provide consultations on franchise market presence in Iraq's Southern Governorates.

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December 3, 2018 - December 4, 2018

Bahrain: CLDP Leads First Training for Insolvency Trustees

In early October 2018, Bahrain enacted a new bankruptcy law. Based upon Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code, the new law makes possible the reorganization of insolvent firms. CLDP provided technical assistance to Bahrain as it was drafting the new law, the main purpose of which is to foster SME development.

In the U.S., United States Trustees play a key role in administration of bankruptcy cases. Their mission is to promote the integrity and efficiency of the bankruptcy system for the benefit of all stakeholders–debtors, creditors. They have broad administrative, regulatory, and litigation/enforcement authority to do so.  To ensure the proper implementation of its new law, Bahrain now needs to have competent Insolvency Trustees.

To address this need, on December 3-4, in Manama, Bahrain, CLDP, in coordination with the country’s Supreme Judicial Council and the Judicial and Legal Studies Institute, conducted a workshop on Bahrain’s new bankruptcy law for 55 Insolvency Trustee candidates. Under the new law, they will play a key role to facilitate restructuring plans and liquidation proceedings. CLDP experts included the Hon. Michael Williamson, Chief Judge of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court of the Middle District of Florida and Andy Vara, Acting U.S. Trustee (Region 3) of the Department of Justice. The experts focused on reorganization case studies and shared their practical experience from the management of bankruptcy cases in the U.S. system. Specifically, participants acquired practical knowledge in three main areas: a) how to address debtor misconduct, including potential conflicts of interest and associated rules; b) asset valuation; and, c) how to determine the merits of reorganization versus liquidation on a case-by-case basis.

December 2, 2018 - December 3, 2018

Bahrain: CLDP Leads First Workshop for Technology Transfer/Innovation Center

With support from the Arab League, Bahrain plans to create a center for technology transfer and innovation. This center will assist universities and industries with the commercialization of new technologies; it will do so initially in Bahrain, and, later, throughout the Gulf.  In support of this initiative, on December 2-3, CLDP led a workshop on “Technology Transfer and University-Industry Partnerships.”  The workshop was organized in coordination with Bahrain’s SME Society, the Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Tourism (MOICT), Bahrain’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and Tamkeen, a public authority tasked with supporting Bahrain’s private sector development. The participants in the workshop came from Academia and from industry.  The two U.S. experts, managers of technology transfer offices at their universities, discussed the role of technology innovation centers at universities as well as the importance of strengthening IP regimes to promote entrepreneurship. The program included a panel that discussed funding opportunities in Bahrain, including building venture capitalist and angel investor networks. After the workshop, CLDP met with local partners as well as with MOICT to discuss raising awareness on IP registration and development. By strengthening Bahrain’s IP regime, CLDP is helping to create a better businesses-enabling environment for U.S. companies.

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.