Sri Lanka

September 26, 2019 - September 30, 2019

Afghanistan, Sri Lanka and the Maldives: Vis Moot and ADR Training, Colombo

On September 26-30, 2019, CLDP held the Sri Lanka Vis Moot national competition among the 4 participating universities. Before the two days of competition on September 28-29, CLDP held a 2-day training for the 4 teams, in which the coaches worked with the teams on problem analysis and oral argument. At the conclusion of the 2-day training, CLDP held the competition, which resulted in the Univeristy of Colombo beating the Royal University of Colombo in the Finals. The two universities will go onto compete in the CLDP Vis Pre-Moot and the Vis Moot competitions. On the final day on September 30, the CLDP expert advisors held sessions for the two winning teams.

Simultaneously, CLDP held an advanced arbitration training for arbitrators from Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, and the Maldives. The training focused on advanced procedural and substantive arbitration topics. The participants also covered various real-life scenarios. Finally, the arbitrators then served on the panel of arbitrators for the Sri Lanka vis Moot competition.

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August 23, 2019 - August 25, 2019

Sri Lanka and Maldives: Arbitration and Dispute Resolution Judicial Exchange

On August 23-25, 2019, in Male, Maldives, CLDP led workshops for Sri Lankan and Maldivian judges on mediation and arbitration. The event highlighted the importance of joining and implementing both the New York and Singapore conventions. Both countries have nascent Alternative Dispute Resolution centers that are starting to build a culture of confidence for settling disputes outside of traditional courts. Chief Counsel Gardner’s visit included meetings with the Speaker of the Parliament, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, and the Attorney General, as well as the inaugural team of law students from the national university that will compete in the annual Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot competition throughout the year.

August 19, 2019 - August 21, 2019

Sri Lanka: CLDP Assists with Transparency Provisions of the WTO TFA

On August 19-21, 2019, in Colombo, Sri Lanka, CLDP held a conference in cooperation with the World Bank and Sri Lanka Customs on Article I of the World Trade Organization (WTO) Agreement on Trade Facilitation (TFA). Experts from the International Trade Administration provided guidance to Sri Lanka on its 1.4 notification, and reviewed Sri Lanka’s methodology for setting the country’s definitive dates for “Category C” under the TFA. As a result of the conference, Sri Lanka has resolved to publish draft regulations, to receive comments, and to use transition periods in the enforcement of regulations in line with Good Regulatory Practice.

August 16, 2019 - August 18, 2019

Sri Lanka: Vis Moot Training, Colombo

On August 16-18, 2019, CLDP held its first joint training for 4 Sri Lankan Willem C. Vis Moot (Vis Moot) teams in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The 15 students and 5 coaches came from – the Royal Institute of Colombo, the University of Colombo, the University of Peradeniya, and the Asian Pacific Institute of Information Technology Law School.. CLDP selected the four teams in July 2019 through a competitive process. The training focused on written and oral advocacy skills.

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August 6, 2019 - August 12, 2019

Afghanistan and Sri Lanka: ADR and Mediation Convention and Training, Singapore

On August 06-08, 2019, CLDP sponsored a delegation from Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, and from the Maldives to attend the United Nations Convention on International Settlement Agreements Resulting from Mediation in Singapore (the Singapore Convention). Sri Lanka, through its Minister of Justice, Afghanistan, through its Minister of Justice, and the Maldives, through its Attorney General, officially signed the Convention during the Convention Signing Ceremony on August 7.

June 11, 2019 - June 21, 2019

Sri Lanka: Tech Transfer Consultations

On June 19-20, CLDP joined a twelve member USG delegation that participated in a U.S./Sri Lanka Trade Investment Framework Council Meeting. Assistant USTR for South Asia Chris Wilson led this meeting that focused on trade issues raised by both sides that included: ease of doing business, market access, digital economy, WTO issues, trade policy, trade capacity building, IPR and the Indo-Pacific Strategy. These were a combination of issues that were important to U.S. companies interested in investing in Sri Lanka and also to Sri Lanka’s overall economic development. CLDP contributed substantially to the discussions, highlighting current and upcoming assistance as a response to almost all issues raised. The two sides agreed upon a Joint Statement upon conclusion of the meeting. 

May 13, 2019 - May 17, 2019

Indo-Pacific Public-Private Partnership Consultations

On May 13-16, CLDP conducted a workshop on Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) for a delegation from the Maldives, Nepal, and Sri Lanka.

April 25, 2019 - April 26, 2019

South Asia: CLDP to Host Regional Consultations On Developing a Competitive Cross-Border Market

On April 25 and 26, CLDP in partnership with SARI-E, hosted participants from Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, and Sri Lanka to discuss the development of governance structures for a regional market.

April 22, 2019 - April 26, 2019

Sri Lanka: Alternative Dispute Resolution Consultation, Hong Kong

On April 23-26, 2019, CLDP, in coordination with the Hong Kong International Arbitration Center (HKIAC), held a program for staff and board members of the Sri Lanka’s Ceylon Chamber of Commerce (CCC)-ICLP ADR Center and three Sri Lankan judges, along with 5 Maldivians, on establishing and operating an efficient and effective Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Center. The delegations also met with various stakeholders, who play a critical role in establishing a successful ADR regime in a country.

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March 5, 2019 - March 9, 2019

MENA Region: CLDP Hosts the 9th Annual Middle East Pre-Moot

On March 5-9, CLDP, in partnership with the Royal University for Women (RUW), the Bahrain Center for Dispute Resolution, Mena Chambers Bahrain, and the Center for International Legal Studies of the University of Pittsburgh, hosted the 9th Annual Middle East Vis Pre-Moot at RUW in Riffa, Bahrain. The competition brought together 17 teams consisting of more than 100 students from Afghanistan, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Kuwait, Lebanon, Myanmar, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, Tunisia, and the United Arab Emirates. The University of Colombo from Sri Lanka won the competition and the Royal Institute of Colombo, also from Sri Lanka, took second place. Before the competition, CLDP’s Vis Moot mentors and coaches conducted a three-day training. This five-day program was designed to prepare students for the Willem C. Vis Moot Competition (“the Vis Moot”) that takes place annually in April in Hong Kong and Vienna. The Vis Moot is the most prestigious international moot on commercial arbitration where more than 400 teams from over 100 countries compete on oral and written advocacy. The Vis Moot experience helps equip the participating students with the skills necessary to handle commercial business disputes and bolsters the rule of law in their respective countries.