Suriya Jayanti

International Energy Attorney Advisor

Suriya Cassis Jayanti is an Attorney-Advisor with the Commercial Law Development Program (CLDP) in the Office of the General Counsel of the U.S. Department of Commerce, where she advises governments, primarily in Eastern Europe and Africa, on legal reform and economic development issues in the power and energy sectors.

Prior to joining CLDP, Ms. Jayanti served as a diplomat in the Foreign Service at the U.S. Department of State, where she completed tours as the Energy Chief at U.S. Embassy Kyiv, Ukraine, and at U.S. Embassies in Baghdad, Iraq; Nassau, The Bahamas; and Kuwait City, Kuwait.

Ms. Jayanti received her J.D. (cum laude) from American University's Washington College of Law, where she was an editor on the Law Review.  Following law school, she clerked for Chief Judge Eric T. Washington of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals.  Ms. Jayanti received her LL.M. (magna cum laude) in Energy and Environmental Law from Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Belgium, where she is also reading a Ph.D. in petroleum pipeline disputes.  She is admitted to practice law in the District of Columbia and California.

Upcoming Programs

August 1, 2020 - April 30, 2021

Throughout the quarter, CLDP engaged with numerous experts to prepare and record eight separate sessions on trade topics, specifically designed for Afghanistan’s approximately 25 Commercial Attachés posted throughout the world. In May 2018, CLDP spent one week training the same group of Attachés in a comprehensive course designed for them prior to their departure. This updated training course is intended to provide more advanced training on relevant topics now that the Attachés have been serving in their posts for more than two years.  The topics for these presentations were identified based on consultations with the Attachés and relevant stakeholders in the last quarter. Topics include drafting international contracts, attracting foreign direct investment, negotiation strategies, and two sessions on working trade shows. The series of pre-recorded virtual presentations, including translated copies of the presentations, will be delivered on a rolling basis to the Attachés. In addition, future topics will be recorded and shared with the participants. These virtual recordings will be saved in an online repository, which will be available for any interested party to view, including the private sector. 

March 15, 2021 - May 24, 2021

CLDP in close collaboration with the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) trained Bahrain Innovation and Technology Center (BITC) staff regarding filing patents in the GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council).  This program was part of a CLDP/USPTO collaboration to conduct over 40 hours of intellectual property training for the BITC.  The program included training on how to obtain patents and copyrights in the US as well as other jurisdictions.  

CLDP in Action

February 24, 2021 - February 25, 2021

On February 24-25, CLDP conducted a workshop on FIDIC contracts for a delegation of Sri Lankan officials from the Attorney General’s office.

Read More about Sri Lanka: FIDIC Contracts Workshop