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 10, 2020

Georgia: CLDP Hosts Webinar Series on International Commercial Arbitration

CLDP, in collaboration with the Georgian Association of Arbitrators (GAA), has launched a series of bi-weekly webinars on topics in international commercial arbitration.   The series is split into four sessions that take place on Wednesdays evenings at 5:00 pm Georgia Standard Time.  For each session, experts from the international arbitration community deliver live presentations and participate in a moderated dialog with participants from Georgia’s arbitration community. 

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:

February 21, 2020 - February 23, 2020

Caucasus: CLDP Holds Vis Moot Training for Oral Argument

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February 12, 2020 - February 13, 2020

Georgia – CLDP Holds Workshop on Transparent and Efficient Procurement: Best Value for Money

On February 12-13, 2020, CLDP, in coordination with the State Procurement Agency of Georgia, facilitated a two-day workshop on transparent and efficient procurement in Tbilisi, Georgia.  The workshop brought together approximately sixty participants from the State Procurement Agency and national and regional procurement offices to discuss international best practices with a focus on the “best value for money” approach to public procurement.  Topics of the workshop included life-cycle cost analysis, market research, evaluating price and non-price factors, competitive negotiation, and evaluating contractor performance. 

The workshop supported the efforts of the State Procurement Agency to promote international best practices in public procurement and to align the Georgian procurement system with EU directives.  A best value for money approach protects against the cheapest offer winning at the expense of quality, which is critical for procurement of non-standard products and complex infrastructure projects. 

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

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.