Bosnia and Herzegovina: CLDP Organizes International Commercial Arbitration Moot Oral Argument Training for Law Students at Tech Company

February 1, 2018 - February 4, 2018
Bosnia and Herzegovina: Vis Moot Training February 2018
Bosnia and Herzegovina: Vis Moot Training February 2018

On February 1-4, CLDP implemented a follow up four-day Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot Oral Argument Training in Mostar, Bosnia-Herzegovina to support the second phase of its Willem C. Vis Moot Competition (Vis Moot) program. The program focused on the third and final element of th Vis Moot prepartory process: oral advocacy. The training portion of the program, held at the University of Mostar, was led by CLDP and BiH’s ARBITRI Association, and featured practice pleadings with arbitrators, group discussions, and interactive practice and coaching sessions. Participants in the program included student Vis Moot teams from the University of Zenica, University of Sarajevo, University of Banja Luka, University of Tuzla, Central Europe University (CEU), Saarlandes University, and University of Zagreb.  

On February 3-4, the seven universities competed in a preliminary competition (Pre Moot) at NSoft, a Mostar-based technology company acknowledged by Deloitte as one of the 50 fastest growing companies in Central Europe. The students pleaded in front of professional arbitrators, advisors, and NSoft’s legal team for several hours throughout the day. The competition on February 3, was followed by a professional networking event for the students hosted by NSoft to encourage student recruitment. Through this program the knowledge of BiH law students and university faculty of international commercial law and arbitration will develop and institutionalize Vis Moot programs in universities throughout BiH.  Following this program, the law students will go on to compete in the Annual Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot, the pre-eminent moot competition on commercial law and arbitration, held annually in Vienna, Austria in March.  

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October 21, 2018 - October 24, 2018
October 22, 2018 - October 27, 2018

CLDP in Action

September 24, 2018 - September 25, 2018

On September 24-25, in Manama, CLDP led a workshop and focus group on government tendering in cooperation with the Bahrain Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Tourism (MOICT), Bahrain Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the American Chamber of Commerce in Bahrain, Bahrain Businesswomen Society and several government contracting agencies. The workshop focused on Bahrain’s recent reforms to promote set-aside programs for small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Such programs aim to set aside a set percentage of public contracts to be awarded exclusively to SMEs. The workshop was the fourth meeting led by CLDP and MOICT, and largely focused on electronic procurement mechanisms and online registry to move forward on the pilot program to promote the use of SMEs in public procurement. In implementing the pilot program, MOICT has considered incorporating many of CLDP’s recommendations, including creating a small business oversight body, online registration system, and online advertising platforms that are similar. While the pilot program is expected to be launched in early 2019 for three government agencies, CLDP expects to continue to provide technical assistance on SME procurement reform to help make small business set-aside programs a reality.

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