July 1, 2021

CLDP to Host Webinar on Adjudication of Intellectual Property Cases

CLDP will hold a webinar on the adjudication of civil intellectual property infringement cases for the Georgian judiciary. The webinar will consist of recorded presentations, live discussions, and interactive case studies on infringement of copyright, trademark and patent cases. This program promotes reasoned decision-making and a uniform approach to intellectual property disputes in Georgian courts.  

February 16, 2021 - February 18, 2021

CLDP to Organize Tbilisi Vis Pre-Moot Competition

CLDP, in coordination with Arbitration Initiative Georgia, will lead a simulated oral advocacy competition (Vis Pre-Moot) to help students from the Caucasus prepare for the 28th Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot (Vis Moot) in Vienna, Austria.  As this year’s competition will be held virtually, CLDP will have the unique opportunity to invite universities from around the globe to compete against the teams from the Caucasus.  Through the Vis Pre-Moot competition, CLDP will help develop skills in legal analysis, advocacy, and international arbitration for future lawyers in Georgia and the Caucasus, which will help improve the contracts enforcement mechanism in the Caucasus and encourage regional cooperation and implementation of international best practices in regional arbitration. 

February 1, 2021 - February 28, 2021

CLDP to Hold Consultation on Collective Management

CLDP, in cooperation with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), will lead a virtual consultation on the collective management framework in Georgia.  The program will be attended by representatives of the National Intellectual Property Center of Georgia ‘Sakpatenti’ and other government stakeholders on issues involving intellectual property rights.  During the program, experts from the USPTO and international collective management organizations will review the mechanisms and leverages that lead to effective and transparent collective management.  CLDP will also moderate a discussion on the current state of collective management in Georgia that will assist Sakpatenti and other government stakeholders to identify gaps in the legal and institutional framework and develop a roadmap for strengthening current legislation to remove ambiguity and/or implementing new institutional mechanisms that reinforce the legal obligations of CMOs.   

February 1, 2021

CLDP to Host Webinar on Insolvency Adjudication

CLDP will hold a webinar on the adjudication of insolvency cases for the Georgian judiciary. The webinar will consist of recorded presentations, live discussions, and interactive case studies.  This webinar will build the capacity of Georgian judges to interpret Georgia’s new insolvency law in a manner that is consistent with international practices.  Judicial training is critical as the new law increases opportunities for companies to reorganize rather than liquidate.  

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. 

October 5, 2020 - November 3, 2020

Georgia: CLDP Hosts Webinar Series on Intellectual Property

CLDP, in cooperation with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), and the USPTO Global Intellectual Property Academy (GIPA), launched a series of capacity building trainings on intellectual property to be delivered to the staff of the National Intellectual Property Center of Georgia ‘Sakpatenti’ in fall 2020.  Topics for the training series include trade secret protection, telework practices and procedures, and overviews of the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board and the Patent Trial and Appeal Board.  The training series includes virtual discussion sessions on each topic as well as related digitally recorded training videos for asynchronous learning. 


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: