The Middle East & North Africa

April 16, 2018 - April 19, 2018

Algeria: CLDP Strengthens the Innovation Ecosystem

On April 16-19, CLDP held a workshop in Algiers on technology startups and intellectual property. This workshop represents the first phase of a CLDP program focusing on the creation of an Algerian center of excellence in technology transfer through the partnership of the International Technology Transfer Institute (ITTI) of the University of New Hampshire's law school and Algeria top institute of technology (ENP). Since 2013, CLDP has been supporting an ambitious Algerian initiative to create an innovation ecosystem that generates viable technology startups, and decrease its dependency on oil and gas.  The second phase of the program will be "internships" in the fall, at ITTI, for professors who manage ENP's technology incubator.

April 16, 2018 - April 20, 2018

Saudi Arabia Consultations on Implementing New Bankruptcy Law

From April 16 – 20, CLDP hosted a delegation of 16 judges and government officials from Saudi Arabia, headed by the Deputy Minister of Justice, for consultations on developing a successful bankruptcy system in Saudi Arabia and improving the transparency and efficiency of its commercial courts.

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 - 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.

April 4, 2018

West Bank: CLDP hosts a dialogue between Entrepreneurship Working Group and Government on Fostering Innovation

The Palestinian Authority is in the process of reforming laws and regulations in order to improve its World Bank Doing Business Ranking.  Currently, the IP and Company’s Law are being re-drafted.  On April 4, 2018, CLDP, in collaboration with the Entrepreneurship Working Group, hosted an exclusive meeting with officials from the Ministry of National Economy to discuss the impact of the current and draft laws proposed.  The meeting was instrumental in creating a dialogue between key stakeholders so as to improve the legal framework for IP.

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 1, 2018

Tunisia: Handicraft Export Guide

In late April 2018, produced Handicraft Export Guide which aims to facilitate the export of Tunisian handicrafts to the U.S. The guide focuses on the technical aspects of handicraft export, including meeting the expectations of the U.S. market, contractual agreements, export standards, shipping, and payment techniques. A copy of the French-language guidebook is available on this site in PDF.

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March 29, 2018 - April 4, 2018

Morocco-Tunisia: CLDP Leads Conferences on Best Practices in Court Automation

In an effort to encourage investment and economic growth by introducing best practices in contract enforcement, CLDP is providing technical assistance to the Governments of Morocco and Tunisia.

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.