Georgia

December 9, 2019 - December 10, 2019

Georgia: CLDP Conducts Workshop on Best Practices in Commercial Arbitration

On December 9-10, 2019, in Tbilisi, Georgia, CLDP, in collaboration with the Georgian Association of Arbitrators, conducted a two-day workshop on international best practices in commercial arbitration. The capacity-building workshop highlighted the ethical rules relating to service as an arbitrator, including the arbitrator’s role in guaranteeing procedural fairness and ensuring that parties adhere to ethical behavior. The program also brought participants up to date on international best practices, including those related to enforcement of arbitration agreements and arbitral awards. Through interactive exercises, participants also practiced navigating the procedural and ethical issues that arise during the arbitration process. This workshop enhanced the participants’ ability to arbitrate complex commercial disputes and promoted a commitment to ethical standards. If arbitration is to reach its full potential as a mechanism to resolve commercial disputes in Georgia, arbitrators must not only be competent but must also be committed to preserving fairness, integrity, confidentiality, and neutrality during arbitration.

December 7, 2019 - December 8, 2019

Georgia: CLDP Convenes Roundtable on Arbitration

On December 7-8, 2019, in Telavi, Georgia, CLDP, in collaboration with the Georgian Association of Arbitrators, held a two-day roundtable to promote arbitration in Georgia. Twenty-six stakeholders attended the roundtable, including members of the Georgian judiciary, Georgian government officials, and representatives from the business and arbitration communities. The roundtable provided a forum to discuss the steps necessary to engender increased awareness and trust in arbitration as a viable means for effectively resolving commercial disputes. At the end of the roundtable, the stakeholders developed a set of proposals to change the legal structure and to enhance the professionalism and qualification of Georgian arbitrators. The lack of effective and efficient mechanisms for commercial dispute resolution remains an impediment to economic growth in Georgia. The expanded use of arbitration in Georgia can help to resolve challenges in the formal legal system by providing access to an alternative form of dispute resolution.

October 14, 2019 - October 15, 2019

Georgia - CLDP Holds a Competition Law Workshop on Merger Control

On October 14-15, 2019, CLDP, in cooperation with the Competition Agency of Georgia, and in conjunction with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission and the U.S. Department of Justice, conducted a two-day workshop on merger control. The workshop trained 35 participants from the Competition Agency and participating sectoral regulators to properly analyze and enforce mergers in regulated and unregulated markets in Georgia. Expert advisors from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission and the U.S. Department of Justice led the workshop, which included presentations, hypothetical case-studies, and examples from real practice.

As part of the U.S. Government’s technical assistance to Georgia, CLDP initiated a multi-phase engagement to build the institutional capacity of the Competition Agency of Georgia in 2018. CLDP’s aim with this initiative is to build the agency’s capacity to enforce competition law; implement policies against monopolies and abuse of dominance; and make effective decisions consistent with the country’s overall economic strategy and economic security framework. Over the past two years, CLDP has collaborated with the Competition Agency to plan a series of workshops and roundtables on competition law in Georgia. The programs trained the staff of the agency and participating sectoral regulators on foundational topics in competition law, including eliminating bid-rigging in public procurement, preventing abuse of dominance, and developing competition in the pharmaceutical market.

September 11, 2019 - September 12, 2019

Delegates from Competition Agency of Georgia Participate in the Annual FTC-Eastern European Competition Workshop

On September 11-12, 2019, CLDP sponsored the participation of two delegates from the Competition Agency of Georgia to attend the Annual FTC-Eastern European Competition Workshop held in Budapest, Hungary.  The workshop is designed to build the capacity of participating competition agencies through presentations and topical case studies.  

September 11, 2019 - September 12, 2019

Tbilisi, Georgia: CLDP Organizes Sub-regional Workshop to Further Work on Lead Paint Initiative

On September 10-11, 2019, in Tbilisi, Georgia, CLDP led a sub-regional workshop highlighting best practices in developing laws to restrict lead in paint. The workshop brought together officials from the CLDP-facilitated Central Asia Expert Level Working Group on Standards with their counterparts in Central Asian and Georgian Ministries of Health and Ministries of the Environment, as well as with advisors from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), the World Health Organization (WHO), American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative (ABA-ROLI), and non-governmental organizations (NGOS) from Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, and Ukraine. 

July 20, 2019 - July 21, 2019

Georgia: CLDP Conducts Judicial Workshop on Intellectual Property

On July 20-21, 2019, in Batumi, CLDP held a workshop on the adjudication of civil intellectual property infringement cases. Thirty-two judges from trial- and appellate-level courts throughout Georgia attended the workshop, which focused on issues arising from trademark and copyright disputes. Judge David Carter, U.S. District Court of the Central District of California, and Magistrate Judge Becky Thorson, U.S. District Court of Minnesota, led the workshop, and representatives of the Georgian Copyright Association and the National Intellectual Property Center of Georgia, or Sakpatenti, also presented case studies that involved interpreting and applying Georgian law as it relates to copyright and trademarks. This annual program promotes reasoned decision-making and a uniform approach to intellectual property disputes in Georgian courts.

July 18, 2019 - July 19, 2019

Georgia: CLDP Co-Hosts International Conference Against Counterfeiting and Piracy

On July 18-19, 2019, CLDP partnered with the National Intellectual Property Center of Georgia, or Sakpatenti, to host the fifth annual Georgia Against Counterfeiting and Piracy international conference in Batumi, Georgia. More than 130 participants attended this year’s conference, which is a platform for national and international experts to present developments in the global fight against counterfeiting and piracy. Conference presenters included experts from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, the National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center, the World Intellectual Property Organization, and the International Chamber of Commerce Business Action to Stop Counterfeiting and Piracy. This year’s conference focused in part on the interrelation between customs enforcement and the protection of intellectual property rights and included a regional panel of customs experts from Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Turkey, and Ukraine. The program also featured speakers from Georgia’s private and public sector. This annual event enhances public-private dialogue in the fight against counterfeiting in Georgia and the Caucasus region and promotes cooperation and coordination in the enforcement of intellectual property rights.