The Middle East & North Africa

December 21, 2006

Administrative Reform Study Tour

CLDP sponsored a one-day program of consultations for a delegation from Yemen that included Yemen's Minister of Civil Service and Insurance and the Minister of Finance. The day focused on state government and administrative reform and included an appointment with the Maryland Secretary of State, Mary Kane, and was a part of a greater study tour organized by the World Bank.

December 17, 2006 - December 18, 2006

Judicial Capacity Building Seminar

In December 2006, CLDP in coordination with the Yemen Ministry of Justice presented a two-day workshop in Sana'a, Yemen focusing on contract law standards.

November 13, 2006 - November 15, 2006

Workshop on Teaching Methods

Law Faculty from six major colleges of Law in the Gulf region met to discuss teaching tools and methods and curriculum development.

November 13, 2006 - November 15, 2006

The Judiciary and SMEs that Encounter Temporary Difficulties

With the expansion of the Jordanian economy, judges are facing increasingly more complex cases having to do with small and medium sized enterprises. Jordan is working to reform some of the commercial law to reflect the new business environment, and CLDP is helping to prepare judges in their new roles. The three-day workshop organized by CLDP focused on bankruptcy, the role of mediation, and the process of reorganizing businesses.

October 29, 2006 - November 1, 2006

Middle East and North Africa Businesswomen's Summit 2006

CLDP attended the MENA Businesswomen's Summit 2006 and added legal components to the Summit agenda, supporting the role of women lawyers in the Middle East. CLDP advisors offered sessions on international trade law, international Trade agreements, and corporate law to support the legal knowledge and acumen of businesswomen throughout the MENA region.

September 16, 2006 - September 17, 2006

Oman Customs Consultations

CLDP in conjunction with experts from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) conducted an assessment of the Sultanate of Oman’s ability to implement their customs obligations under the U.S.-Oman Free Trade Agreement.

September 11, 2006 - September 12, 2006

Workshop on E-Commerce Fundamentals and Regional Perspective

In September 2006, CLDP in conjunction with the American Bar Association, the Arab Council for Judicial and Legal Studies, and the Bahrain Ministry of Justice presented a regional conference focused on training judges regarding the adjudication of electronic commerce disputes.

September 10, 2006 - September 14, 2006

Workshop and Public Awareness Seminars on Abuse of Dominance with the Egyptian Competition Authority

The 3 day workshop for Egyptian Competition Authority staff took place on September 10-12, 2006. Approximately 40 participants reviewed case studies and competition strategies with 2 legal and economic experts from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission and one economist from the U.S. Department of Justice.

June 29, 2006

Commercial Code Advising in Qatar

CLDP provides additional assistance to the Qatar Ministry of Economy and Commerce as well as the New Commercial Code Committee in Qatar to continue to assist Qatar in revising its commercial code to comply with international standards. In the area of company and electronic commerce laws, CLDP intends to introduce Bahrain examples to assist in the development of laws in Qatar that comply with international commercial law standards.

June 27, 2006 - July 1, 2006

Bahrain: Corporate Governance, Secured Lending Advising, and E-Commerce Law Education

CLDP advisors continue to advise the Bahrain Ministry of Industry and Commerce regarding drafting a Corporate Governance Code. CLDP experts will continue to meet with banking officials in Bahrain regarding the development of a collateral registry for secured lending that would allow companies to borrow more expeditiously from banks.