March 22, 2021

MENA Regional –  Empowering Women Entrepreneurs through Business and Legal Strategies in the Technology Era   

From March 22-25, 2021, CLDP organized a 4-day virtual conference on empowering women entrepreneurs from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region and Azerbaijan. CLDP worked with several partners to facilitate the sessions, including ITA, USPTO, Tunisia’s Agency for the Promotion of Scientific Research, the Bahrain Businesswomen’s Society, the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia, the Center of Arab Women for Training and Research, and the Al Tamimi & Co law firm. The conference brought together women entrepreneurs, government officials, and international institutions from Tunisia, Algeria, Bahrain, Kuwait, Morocco, Qatar, and Azerbaijan to discuss legal and business tools available to support women-owned businesses and share success stories. Over 200 participants joined the conference, with an average of 60 participants per session over the course of the four-day program This conference is part of CLDP’s ongoing technical assistance in the region to promote women’s economic empowerment under the Middle Eastern Partnership Initiative of the U.S. Department of State. 

March 10, 2021

Azerbaijan – Arbitration Webinar Series – Session 1: Application of the New York Convention and Other Treaties

On March 10, CLDP in coordination with Embassy Baku and the Azerbaijan Justice Academy held a two-part webinar on International Arbitration for Judges.

February 16, 2021 - February 18, 2021

Southern Caucasus: CLDP Leads Tbilisi Vis Pre-Moot Competition

On February 16-18, CLDP, in coordination with Arbitration Initiative Georgia, hosted the 10th Annual Tbilisi Vis Pre-Moot. The Tbilisi Vis Pre-Moot serves to help students prepare for the 28th Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot held in March and April 2021.  As the competition was held virtually, CLDP had the unique opportunity to invite law schools from around the globe to compete with teams from the Caucasus.  This year’s competition was comprised of fourteen teams from the Caucasus, Eastern and Western Europe, South Asia and the United States.  CLDP opened the competition with a substantive training that helped the teams to hone their arguments for the pre-moot and subsequent competitions.  More than fifty arbitrators and legal professionals helped to judge the subsequent competition rounds and were charged with providing constructive feedback to the pleaders. 

CLDP directly supported the teams from the Caucasus by arranging participation in a virtual oral advocacy training workshop and organizing advisory sessions with Vis alumni from the University of Pittsburgh Law School.  CLDP’s support of the Tbilisi Vis Pre-Moot is one aspect of its work in Georgia and the Caucasus region. This program is truly significant for the Caucasus and the larger Europe-Eurasia region, because it not only promotes commercial arbitration, but also helps to build awareness around the importance of commerce and economic development and investment.

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. 

July 1, 2020

Bosnia-Herzegovina: CLDP-led Vis Moot Webinar Attended by Coaches and Faculty from Six Countries Across the Balkan and Caucasus Regions

On July 1, CLDP, in coordination with U.S. Embassy Sarajevo and Association Arbitri, held a webinar to prepare faculty and coaches from Bosnia-Herzegovina, Belarus, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Kosovo, and Georgia in their selection of students for the annual Willem C. Vis Moot competition (Vis Moot) that will take place in Vienna, Austria, in April 2021.

June 3, 2020

Azerbaijan: CLDP Provides Comments to Customs Code

On June 3, CLDP submitted comments with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to the new draft of the Azerbaijan Customs Code to reflect changes necessary to bring the code closer to standards reflected in the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement.  

May 7, 2020

Azerbaijan: CLDP Leads Webinar on Negotiating Software Licensing Agreements

On May 7, 2020, CLDP in coordination with the U.S. Embassy in Baku, led a three-hour webinar for Azerbaijan local IT companies, law firms, and law students focused on negotiating inernational software agreements. 

February 21, 2020 - February 23, 2020

Caucasus: CLDP Holds Vis Moot Training for Oral Argument

On February 21, CLDP in cooperation with Arbitrarion Initiative Georgia...

March 4, 2019 - March 6, 2019

Azerbaijan: CLDP Holds Workshops on Interagency Coordination in the Implementation of Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures

On March 4-6, 2019, in cooperation with U.S. Customs Border Protection (CBP), the Standards and Trade Development Facility (STDF) of the World Trade Organization (WTO), and the U.S. Embassy in Baku, CLDP organized workshops for officials from the Azerbaijan State Customs Committee and the Food Safety Agency on Interagency Coordination in the Implementation of Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) Measures.

September 10, 2018 - September 11, 2018

CLDP Leads IP Adjudication Training

From September 10-11, 2018, in coordination with Azerbaijan’s Intellectual Property Agency and Ministry of Justice, CLDP held a two-day workshop on the adjudication of intellectual property infringement cases in Baku, Azerbaijan.