The Middle East & North Africa

October 20, 2016

Legal Guide to Investing in Power Generation in Iraq

In an effort to promote foreign investment in Iraq, the Commercial Law Development Program (CLDP), along with other key partners, has been developing material to guide potential investors. The present Legal Guide to Investment in Power Generation in Iraq (“Legal Guide”) follows those efforts by focusing on a sector that is in particular demand by the people of Iraq and accordingly can benefit from private sector involvement.  Specifically, Iraq has suffered, in the past decade, from a chronic power shortage, which has not been alleviated from traditional public sector development and operations. Given the significant gap between supply and demand for power, as well as the Iraqi government’s commitment to this sector, investment in power generation offers considerable opportunities for investors willing to assume associated risks.

The Legal Guidebook is available here in both PDF and EPUB format.

 

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.

October 12, 2016 - October 14, 2016

CLDP To Provide Preparatory Training Sessions for 2017 Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot and Vis East Moot

CLDP, in cooperation with Kuwait International Law School (KILAW) conducted a preparatory training in Kuwait City, Kuwait aimed to prepare Afghan, Middle East and North Africa law students to compete in the 2017 Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot, to be held in Vienna, Austria and Hong Kong in March 2017. 

October 11, 2016 - October 13, 2016

Workshop on Technology Transfer in Tunisia

From October 11-13 in Tunis, CLDP, in close cooperation with Tunisia's National Agency for the Promotion of Scientific Research (ANPR), led a Workshop on Promoting Innovation Ecosystems through Technology Transfer in Tunisia.

October 9, 2016 - October 10, 2016

MENA: Regional Conference on International Arbitration in Kuwait

 

On October 9 and 10, CLDP held a conference, in cooperation with the Kuwait Commercial Arbitration Center, on recent developments and best practices in international arbitration. The conference is part of a multi-phase program to strengthen contract enforcement mechanisms and practices in the Middle East and North Africa.

October 5, 2016 - October 11, 2016

CLDP Builds Capacity at the Ministry of Trade's Trade Policy Office (Phase III:US Consultations)

On October 5-11, 2016, representatives from the Trade Policy Office (TPO) of Iraq's Ministry of Trade visited Washington, D.C. for consultations on trade policy analysis and trade facilitation.  The visit constituted the third stage of a cooperation program designed and led by CLDP,  conducted with the International Trade Centre (ITC) and the U.S. State Department Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs. 

As Iraq is opening its economy and wants to enter into trade agreements, the purpose of the program is to build capacity at Iraq's Trade Policy Office (TPO). 

In Washington, D. C., the TPO delegates met with experts from different Commerce bureaus (International Trade Administration, Census bureau, Bureau of Economic Analysis) as well as with experts from the Office of the US Trade Representative, the International Trade Commission, US Customs Border Protection, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

During these meetings, the focus was on  trade policy theory and analysis, on data collection, as well as on methods to reduce non-tariff barriers to trade and to facilitate trade through customs reforms.

As a result of the consultations, the TPO officials have a better understanding of liberalized economic trade theory and of the connection between trade and investment, regional integration, and economic diversification.  

They also acquired access to new web-based tools and international databases, and will be adopting new trade policy analysis methods.  

As a result of the consultations, the TPO officials have committed to streamlining legalization processes for certificates of origin required by Iraq, a persistent trade barrier, and to identifying, categorizing, and reporting all of Iraq’s non-tariff measures to the ITC.

September 26, 2016 - September 27, 2016

Workshops on Franchising in Tunisia

CLDP and AC Franchise organized two franchising workshops in Tunis, Tunisia on September 26 and 27, 2016.