The Middle East & North Africa

April 19, 2021 - April 23, 2021

CLDP Global Vis Moot Phase Four Virtual or In-Person

CLDP, in collaboration with UNCITRAL and the University of Pittsburgh's Center for International Legal Education (CILE), will support over 20 teams compete in the 29th Annual Willem C. Vis International Commercial Moot in Vienna and in the 18th Vis East Moot in April 2021.

April 12, 2021

Kuwait – Insolvency Judicial Capacity Building   

CLDP in close cooperation with the Kuwait Supreme Council for Planning and Development (SCPD) and the Kuwait Institute for Judicial and Legal Studies (IJLS) will conduct a workshop for Kuwaiti judges regarding basic elements of insolvency adjudication including opening an insolvency case, protecting debtors and creditors, managing court appointed experts such as accountants and trustees and other issues germane to insolvency cases.  

April 4, 2021 - April 8, 2021

Middle East: CLDP Supports Second Annual Arabic Moot Competition in Saudi Arabia

CLDP, in partnership with the Saudi Center for Commercial Arbitration (SCCA), virtually hosted the Second SCCA Arabic Moot Competition targeting students in universities of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) studying to earn a bachelor’s degree in Sharia and Law. This year, the virtual Moot brought together 54 participating teams representing 36 universities from 26 cities across the GCC. The Arabic Moot Competition prepares students with legal skills needed to argue before international arbitration tribunals and helps develop their written and oral argument skills through direct feedback from practicing lawyers. The event replicates CLDP program goals of the annual Vis Pre-Moot program, which aims to improve the practice of international commercial arbitration and develop the capacity alternative dispute resolution mechanisms abroad. 

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March 29, 2021

MENA Regional –  INSOL International and World Bank Group Virtual Judicial Forum

CLDP, along with INSOL International and the World Bank Group, hosted the second Live Judicial Forum broadcast the next iteration of its live quarterly forums, providing a platform for the judiciary to discuss current issues facing courts and judges in insolvency cases. 

March 24, 2021 - March 26, 2021

Egypt: CLDP Supports Development of National Arbitration Competition

On March 24-26, CLDP, in partnership with the Cairo Regional Centre for International Commercial Arbitration and the University of Alexandria, College of Law, hosted the 2nd Annual National Arbitration Vis Pre-Moot & Conference with over 30 law students and lawyers from the region. The event was a two-day competition for Egyptian law school teams registered to compete in the Annual Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot and provided a national platform for future and current arbitration practitioners to advance the practice of international commercial arbitration. The event replicates CLDP program goals of the Vis Pre-Moot program, aiming to improve the practice of international commercial arbitration and develop the capacity alternative dispute resolution mechanisms abroad.

March 22, 2021

MENA Regional –  Empowering Women Entrepreneurs through Business and Legal Strategies in the Technology Era   

From March 22-25, 2021, CLDP organized a 4-day virtual conference on empowering women entrepreneurs from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region and Azerbaijan. CLDP worked with several partners to facilitate the sessions, including ITA, USPTO, Tunisia’s Agency for the Promotion of Scientific Research, the Bahrain Businesswomen’s Society, the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia, the Center of Arab Women for Training and Research, and the Al Tamimi & Co law firm. The conference brought together women entrepreneurs, government officials, and international institutions from Tunisia, Algeria, Bahrain, Kuwait, Morocco, Qatar, and Azerbaijan to discuss legal and business tools available to support women-owned businesses and share success stories. Over 200 participants joined the conference, with an average of 60 participants per session over the course of the four-day program This conference is part of CLDP’s ongoing technical assistance in the region to promote women’s economic empowerment under the Middle Eastern Partnership Initiative of the U.S. Department of State. 

March 19, 2021 - March 20, 2021

Iraq: 1st National Competition on International Commercial Arbitration

On March 19-20, 2021, CLDP and the Iraqi Ministry of Higher Education hosted Iraq’s first International Commercial Arbitration Competition for 5 Iraqi law schools who registered to represent the country in the William C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot later this month in Vienna. The Competition showcased the proficiency of graduating lawyers in the field of international commercial arbitration. Given Iraq's recent ratification of the New York Convention, this national event illustrates the country’s commitment in cultivating a cadre of experts that will champion the use of arbitration as an alternative dispute resolution mechanism. The competition is a component of CLDP's Vis Pre-Moot Iraq program, which has graduated over 40 lawyers in the field of international commercial arbitration. 

March 15, 2021 - May 24, 2021

Bahrain - CLDP and USPTO Train BITC Staff in IPR

CLDP in close collaboration with the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will train Bahrain Innovation and Technology Center (BITC) staff regarding filing patents in the GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council)



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

Bahrain - Government Procurement Subcontracting Webinar

On February 16, 2021, GSA and SBA executives presented a two-part webinar on public procurement subcontracting database development and implementation.  Part I of the webinar presented by the GSA addressed the technology solutions required to launch a public procurement subcontracting database.  Part II of the program presented by the SBA addressed implementation of an adequate subcontracting database.