June 1, 2021 - June 30, 2021

CLDP to Support IP Moot Court

CLDP, in collaboration with the National Intellectual Property Center of Georgia ‘Sakpatenti’ and the European Law Students’ Association, will facilitate a training session on international best practices in trademark enforcement for a moot court on intellectual property law.  The moot court program is aimed to train Georgian students at the university level on basic concepts in intellectual property and to develop their oral advocacy skills.

June 1, 2021 - June 30, 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.  

May 20, 2021 - June 30, 2021

CLDP to Lead Programs on Customs and Trade Facilitation

CLDP, in collaboration with the Georgian Revenue Service, will lead a two-part program on customs and trade facilitation that will focus on three topics: post clearance audit, risk management, and authorized economic operators (AEOs).  CLDP will first lead a series of capacity building webinars for customs officials on AEOs, post-clearance audit, and risk management.  The goal of the webinars series is to strengthen the capacity of Georgian customs officials to implement post-clearance audits in a way that complements the overall risk management program.  This aspect of the program will assist the Government of Georgia in creating a more efficient trade climate and reducing trade barriers.  CLDP will then convene Georgian customs officials, international experts, and private sector stakeholders for a roundtable on Georgia’s pilot AEO scheme.  During this roundtable, participants will discuss the AEO scheme and identify the relevant institutional, legislative and capacity barriers to implementing a success system for AEOs in Georgia.  The roundtable is designed to encourage discussion and knowledge exchange between experts and participants to yield potential resolutions on key issues.  


March 15, 2021 - March 18, 2021

CLDP held Consultation on Collective Management

On March 15-18, CLDP, in cooperation with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), led a virtual consultation on the collective management framework in Georgia.  The program was attended by representative of Sakpatenti and other IP stakeholders.  During the program, experts from the USPTO, WIPO, and international collective management organizations presented and led discussions on best practices in collective management.  CLDP moderated a discussion on the current state of collective management in Georgia that assisted Sakpatenti and other IP stakeholders to identify gaps in the legal and institutional framework and to develop a roadmap for strengthening current legislation to remove ambiguity and implementing new institutional mechanisms that reinforce the legal obligations of CMOs. 

February 21, 2021 - February 27, 2021

Global: CLDP Hosts Pre-Moot on International Commercial Arbitration

On February 21-27, CLDP, in cooperation with the Bahrain Chamber for Dispute Resolution (BCDR) and the University of Pittsburgh Center for International Legal Education, virtually hosted the 11th annual Middle East Vis Pre-Moot. The Pre-Moot is an extensive competition preparing students, lawyers, and law faculty for their participation in the 28th annual Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot (Vis Moot)—the world's premier legal educational program for improving contract resolution through arbitration. The Pre-Moot aims to expand the Vis Moot to underrepresented regions and enhance contract enforcement mechanisms globally. This year, the virtual Pre-Moot brought together over 180 students from 40 teams from the Middle East, Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, North and South America, and Europe and over 200 arbitrators. To view event schedule, materials, speakers, and participating teams, please visit the event website.

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. 

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.