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 26, 2020 - February 27, 2020

CLDP Conducted the First Central Asia Women's Economic Empowerment (WEE) Working Group

From February 26-27, in Istanbul, Turkey, CLDP organized the first Central Asia Women's Economic Empowerment (WEE) Working Group.

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...

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 21, 2019

Washington DC: CLDP Joins TIFA Council to Report on Work of Expert Level Working Groups

CLDP Attorney Michael Cofield participated in the U.S.-Central Asia Trade and Investment Framework Agreement annual meetings on October 21-22, 2019 in Washington, DC. On Monday, October 21, CLDP briefed the TIFA-level Working Groups on the work and results of the CLDP-facilitated regional Expert Level Working Groups on customs issues, standards, sanitary/phytosanitary measures, intellectual property rights, and women’s economic empowerment. 

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 19, 2019 - September 20, 2019

Arabian Peninsula: CLDP Conducts Judicial Procurement Training

On September 19-20, 2019, CLDP conducted a workshop for judges from Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Bahrain on the adjudication of procurement disputes in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan.

September 17, 2019 - September 19, 2019

Almaty, Kazakhstan: CLDP Facilitates Inaugural Meeting of the Expert Level Working Group on Intellectual Property Rights

On September 17-19, 2019, in Almaty, Kazakhstan, CLDP brought together government officials from Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan with advisors from the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR), USPTO, and ITA for the first meeting of the Central Asia Expert Level Working Group on Intellectual Property Rights.