July 15, 2020 - August 31, 2020

Afghanistan: SPS Stakeholder Breakout Meetings

July 15, 2020 - August 31, 2020

Throughout the months of July and August, 2020, CLDP, in cooperation with USDA and USAID, hosted a series of breakout teleconferences-meetings focused on sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) measures in Afghanistan.

July 13, 2020 - July 17, 2020

Afghanistan – Law Students Participate in Trade Law Certificate Program in Support of WTO Implementation

CLDP will sponsor five students from American University of Afghanistan (AUAF) to attend American University’s Washington College of Law virtual “WTO and U.S. Trade Law and Policy” Certificate Course this July

June 17, 2020

Afghanistan: CLDP Hosts a Virtual Assessment on the Status of Health, Safety, and Labor Conditions in Afghanistan

On June 17, CLDP held a virtual meeting with colleagues from the U.S. Department of Labor, and Ahmad-Sharif Jafari, the Director of Health and Safety at the Ministry of Mines and Petroleum (MoMP) in Afghanistan. The purpose of this meeting was to conduct a virtual assessment of the health, safety, and labor conditions in Afghanistan’s mining sector. During the meeting, our colleagues at the U.S. DOL asked a series of questions that they had compiled after reviewing Afghanistan’s most recent Health and Safety Regulations as well as Afghanistan’s Labor Law, both of which CLDP translated from Dari to English for their assessment. Director Jafari was able to answer most of their questions and both sides agreed to follow up with further clarifications. CLDP has been collaborating with the U.S. DOL in an effort to help Afghanistan address concerns from the international community with regards to its labor laws and health and safety standards. The main purpose behind this collaboration is to ensure that Afghanistan continues to benefit from its status under the U.S. Generalized System of Preferences, which eliminates duties on thousands of Afghan products that are imported into the U.S. Prior to the outbreak of the Coronavirus, CLDP had planned to conduct its trade and labor assessment in person in Kabul. However, since travel has been postponed under the current conditions, these assessments have been taking place virtually. This transition has increased CLDP’s capacity to communicate and engage with its counterparts overseas. (Tavaf 240-690-1130, Mallett 202-482-9018.

June 15, 2020

Afghanistan: Launch of the 20202-21 Vis Moot Program

CLDP hosted an event to launch the 2020-21 Willem C. Vis International Arbitration Moot (the Vis Moot).

June 9, 2020

Afghanistan: SPS Stakeholder Kickoff Meeting & Program Launch Teleconference

CLDP, in cooperation with the USDA and USAID, hosted a teleconference focused on sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) measures in Afghanistan.

April 6, 2020 - April 7, 2020

Afghanistan: CLDP Advances Development of Emergency Telecommunications Plan

CLDP, in partnership with the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and Geeks without Frontiers co-hosted a virtual workshop to develop a National Emergency Telecommunications Plan.

March 10, 2020 - March 14, 2020

Middle East, South Asia and Eastern Europe: CLDP Conducts 10th Annual Pre-Moot Competition

Amidst the global impact of the coronavirus, the Annual Willem C. Vis Moot in Vienna and Hong Kong was cancelled. More than 400 teams from over 80 countries had anticipated to compete in the premier program this April. In response, on March 10-14, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, CLDP, in cooperation with the University of Pittsburgh’s Center for International Legal Education and the Bahrain Chamber for Dispute Resolution, successfully converted the 10th Annual Middle East Vis Pre-Moot into a virtual Vis Pre-Moot. The virtual pre-moot was the first to showcase a virtual program that was able to connect participants from around the globe simultaneously, overcoming technical obstacles that could impede connections. Additionally, CLDP and its partners developed virtual tools that improved mooting practices, such as virtual moot rules, automatic scoring, and electronic grade submissions. The pre-moot program provided a series of live sessions, recorded lectures, interactive virtual breakout sessions, and practice rounds. The highlight of the 5-day virtual program was a two-day competition, consisting of general rounds and elimination rounds, along with a “virtual gala.” The winner of the event was the Royal University of Colombo. More than 100 attorneys from around the globe volunteered their time to serve as advisors and arbitrators. The Vienna organizers have now called on CLDP to assist them in converting this year’s global moot into a virtual event. CLDP will now be working closely to support the Moot organizers in Vienna next month in designing and implementing the global event so as to enable the 400+ registered teams to submit their required oral arguments for competition. For more information, please visit:

February 25, 2020 - February 27, 2020

Afghanistan: CLDP Promotes Economic Development through Private Sector Training on Advocacy

On February 25-27, 2020, in Dubai, UAE, CLDP delivered a program to more than 30 influential members of Afghanistan’s private sector on the role they play in the economic development of Afghanistan – with a specific emphasis on influencing public policy, regulations and laws in Afghanistan.