Sri Lanka

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 17, 2020 - August 22, 2020

Afghanistan and Sri Lanka: Transparency International School on Integrity

From August 17th - 22nd, 2020, CLDP sponsored 8 Afghan students’ and 3 Sri Lankan students’ participation in Transparency International’s annual state-of-the-art anti-corruption and accountability training for future leaders. 

June 6, 2020

Sri Lanka: Launch of the 2020-21 Vis Moot Program

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

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April 4, 2020 - July 9, 2020

CLDP Global – 2020 International Commercial Arbitration Moot

Amidst the global impact of the coronavirus, the 28th Willem C. Vis International Commercial Moot in Vienna was hosted online.  CLDP sponspored teams from Burma, Maldives, Sri Lanka, Tunisia, and Southern Europe and Caucasus regions to compete with more than 300 law school teams from over 100 countries.   

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: http://premoot.bcdr-aaa.org/.

March 1, 2020 - March 5, 2020

Sri Lanka PPP Study Tour

On March 1-5, CLDP led a delegation from Sri Lanka to the P3C Conference in Dallas, which is the largest conference on Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) in the United States.

December 13, 2019 - December 18, 2019

Sri Lanka and Maldives: Advanced Arbitration Training, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

On December 13 to 18, CLDP held a Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) arbitration certification program and an advanced arbitration training for Maldivian and Sri Lankan arbitrators.The first three days, the six Maldivian arbitrators and seven Sri Lankan arbitrators took the Advanced Route to Membership course, followed by a full-day assessment, and concluded with a certification test. The second part of the training delved deeper into more advanced arbirtration and dispute resolution topics and allowed participants to discuss challenges in their own countries. 

December 7, 2019 - December 10, 2019

Sri Lanka: Vis Moot Training and Competition

On December 7-10, in Colombo, Sri Lanka, CLDP held its first in-person training for the two teams selected to represent Sri Lanka in the Vis East Moot in Hong Kong and the Vis Moot in Vienna in March and April 2020, respectively. CLDP selected the Royal University of Colombo and the University of Colombo through a national moot competition in October 2019. The training focused first on completing and submitting the claimant’s memo. Then the Vis Moot coaches worked with the two teams on researching and drafting arguments for their respondent’s memo.

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October 20, 2019 - October 22, 2019

United Arab Emirates: CLDP Completed Phase I of the 10th Annual Middle East Vis Pre-Moot

On October 20-22, in Abu Dhabi, CLDP held Phase I, which is the official launch, of the 10th Annual Middle East Vis Pre-Moot. The Vis Moot is one of the most prestigious commercial arbitration competition in the world, which is held annually in Vienna and Hong Kong. CLDP’s Middle East program is a multi-phased program aimed to prepare student participants in the areas of written and oral advocacy in order to help them prepare for the competition. For Phase I, CLDP hosted around 16 teams from 9 countries, including, the UAE, Qatar, Tunisia, Iraq, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Egypt, Bahrain, and Saudi Arabia. Students dissected and analyzed this year’s problem and created an outline of their written argument. The Vis Moot program helps promote alternative dispute resolution in the Middle East and South Asia, which in turn helps promote a better business enabling environment by creating better contract enforcement mechanisms in the region.