Pakistan

April 19, 2021 - April 23, 2021

CLDP Global Vis Moot Phase Four Virtual or In-Person

CLDP, in collaboration with UNCITRAL and the University of Pittsburgh's Center for International Legal Education (CILE), will support over 20 teams compete in the 29th Annual Willem C. Vis International Commercial Moot in Vienna and in the 18th Vis East Moot in April 2021.

February 21, 2021 - February 27, 2021

Global: CLDP Hosts Pre-Moot on International Commercial Arbitration

On February 21-27, CLDP, in cooperation with the Bahrain Chamber for Dispute Resolution (BCDR) and the University of Pittsburgh Center for International Legal Education, virtually hosted the 11th annual Middle East Vis Pre-Moot. The Pre-Moot is an extensive competition preparing students, lawyers, and law faculty for their participation in the 28th annual Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot (Vis Moot)—the world's premier legal educational program for improving contract resolution through arbitration. The Pre-Moot aims to expand the Vis Moot to underrepresented regions and enhance contract enforcement mechanisms globally. This year, the virtual Pre-Moot brought together over 180 students from 40 teams from the Middle East, Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, North and South America, and Europe and over 200 arbitrators. To view event schedule, materials, speakers, and participating teams, please visit the event website.

November 9, 2020 - January 22, 2021

Global: CLDP Holds Weekly Sessions for Vis Moot Teams

CLDP, in partnership with the Center for International Legal Education (CILE) at the University of Pittsburgh, is holding a legal writing curriculum on for teams competing in the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot (Vis Moot). The Vis Moot is a global legal competition, established by the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law, to spur the practice of international commercial arbitration and build the capacity of the next generation of lawyers in the field. The CLDP Vis Pre-Moot program has been implemented annually since 2006 to expand the Vis Moot to countries in the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia that are developing their alternative dispute resolution legal capacity. From November 9 to January 22, over 28 teams will work on legal memoranda for the 2020 Vis Moot Problem. CLDP and CILE will support teams by arranging weekly office hours with renowned professors of arbitration as well as weekly live feedback sessions on draft briefs from Vis Advisors, most of whom are former graduates of previous CLDP Vis Pre-Moot Program. Through these virtual consultations, teams will have dedicated support and access to on-demand virtual resources that are critical to their participation and success in the Vis Moot. 

November 3, 2020

South and South Central Asia: U.N. Global Internet Governance Forum Preconference

On November 3, 2020, CLDP conducted a virtual preconference at this year’s virtual Internet Governance Forum (IGF).

October 19, 2020 - October 23, 2020

Global: CLDP Provides Virtual Training on Commercial Arbitration for Law Schools - eVis Pre-Moot Training

From October 19-23, CLDP, in partnership with the Center for International Legal Education of the University of Pittsburgh, the Bahrain Chamber for Dispute Resolution, and other regional partners, initiated a week-long legal analysis course for teams from the Middle East, South Asia, and Southeast Asia. The 28th Annual Middle East Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot (Vis Moot) is an UNCITRAL-founded educational platform used to develop the practice of international commercial arbitration by engaging law students, lawyers, judges, and arbitrators in mock trials. With support from CLDP, teams participate in an extensive 9-month program dedicated to ensuring successful competition and representation in the Vis Moot. Following a course on arbitration last month, the teams worked with global advisors through virtual sessions and interactive discussions to develop their respective written submissions for the Vis Moot, while also networking with teams from other law schools to trade tips and resources. The program showcases how to incorporate virtual education, share experiences, and develop best practices on international commercial arbitration. 

September 4, 2020 - October 2, 2020

Global: CLDP and the University of Pittsburgh Kick Start the Virtual Vis Moot Boot Camp

From September 4 to October 2, CLDP, in cooperation with the Center for International Legal Education (CILE) of the University of Pittsburgh College of Law, hosted a Virtual Vis Moot Boot Camp for the incoming 2020-2021 CLDP sponsored teams who will compete in the 28th Annual Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot (Vis Moot). 

August 10, 2020

Pakistan: CLDP and USTR Hold Webinar on GSP for Commerce Officials

On August 10, 2020, CLDP and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) hosted a webinar on U.S.-Pakistan Trade and the U.S. Generalized System of Preferences (GSP). The Assistant U.S. Trade Representative (AUSTR) for South and Central Asia, Chris Wilson and the Pakistan Minister of Commerce, Sualeh Ahmed Faruqui opened the webinar. USTR and International Trade Administration (ITA) experts advised Pakistan officials on opportunities for expanding Pakistan companies’ utilization of the unilateral trade preference program.

April 1, 2020 - May 29, 2020

CLDP and Georgetown TradeLab Coordinate Identify Non-Tariff Barriers to Trade Between Afghanistan and Central Asia

As part of a project proposal drafted by CLDP, Georgetown University TradeLab students collected information on non-tariff barriers to trade between Afghanistan and regional countries. The students and attorneys at CLDP gathered this information by circulating a comprehensive two-part survey in both Dari and English to hundreds of companies engaged in trade in the region. Local Afghan economic specialists from USAID’s Office of Economic Growth and Office of Agriculture, as well as the State Department Economic Section in Kabul, worked closely with CLDP and the Georgetown students to ensure information is collected across several sectors from as many companies as possible. This information was used to draft a report on the most prevalent non-tariff barriers facing companies trading with Afghanistan. This report is a useful tool to share with the Afghan government to develop programming that supports private-sector-led economic growth in Afghanistan. 

December 3, 2019 - December 4, 2019

CLDP Holds Regional Trade and Transportation Forum in Uzbekistan

On December 3-4, in Termez, Uzbekistan, CLDP sponsored a regional trade and transportation forum titled “Challenges of Transit vs. Opportunities for Trade”, in coordination with USAID’s Competitiveness, Trade and Jobs initiative. The event brought together more than 140 participants from Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, India, and Pakistan. The combined group of public officials and private sector representatives in the logistics, transport, and freight forwarding sectors discussed regional barriers to cross-border trade and explored potential ways to increase and improve trade via road, railway, and river transport. Participants also visited the newly-constructed cargo terminal and the operating Termez river port. Of particular focus during the forum was the role Afghanistan can play in connecting the South and Central Asian regions for increased trade. The discussions culminated in the signing of connectivity Memoranda of Understanding between all represented countries.