Qatar

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. 

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.

November 9, 2020 - January 22, 2021

Global: CLDP Holds Weekly Sessions for Vis Moot Teams

CLDP, in partnership with the Center for International Legal Education (CILE) at the University of Pittsburgh, is holding a legal writing curriculum on for teams competing in the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot (Vis Moot). The Vis Moot is a global legal competition, established by the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law, to spur the practice of international commercial arbitration and build the capacity of the next generation of lawyers in the field. The CLDP Vis Pre-Moot program has been implemented annually since 2006 to expand the Vis Moot to countries in the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia that are developing their alternative dispute resolution legal capacity. From November 9 to January 22, over 28 teams will work on legal memoranda for the 2020 Vis Moot Problem. CLDP and CILE will support teams by arranging weekly office hours with renowned professors of arbitration as well as weekly live feedback sessions on draft briefs from Vis Advisors, most of whom are former graduates of previous CLDP Vis Pre-Moot Program. Through these virtual consultations, teams will have dedicated support and access to on-demand virtual resources that are critical to their participation and success in the Vis Moot. 

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. 

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: http://premoot.bcdr-aaa.org/.

October 20, 2019 - October 22, 2019

United Arab Emirates: CLDP Completed Phase I of the 10th Annual Middle East Vis Pre-Moot

On October 20-22, in Abu Dhabi, CLDP held Phase I, which is the official launch, of the 10th Annual Middle East Vis Pre-Moot. The Vis Moot is one of the most prestigious commercial arbitration competition in the world, which is held annually in Vienna and Hong Kong. CLDP’s Middle East program is a multi-phased program aimed to prepare student participants in the areas of written and oral advocacy in order to help them prepare for the competition. For Phase I, CLDP hosted around 16 teams from 9 countries, including, the UAE, Qatar, Tunisia, Iraq, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Egypt, Bahrain, and Saudi Arabia. Students dissected and analyzed this year’s problem and created an outline of their written argument. The Vis Moot program helps promote alternative dispute resolution in the Middle East and South Asia, which in turn helps promote a better business enabling environment by creating better contract enforcement mechanisms in the region.

September 25, 2019 - September 26, 2019

Qatar: CLDP Leads First PPP Workshop and Provides Comments on Draft PPP Law

On September 25-26, 2019, in Doha, Qatar, CLDP led its first workshop on best practices in public-private partnerships (PPPs) with an interagency working group comprised of the Qatar Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Commerce, Office of the Prime Minister, and Ministry of Public Works. The workshop focused on a specific case study on structuring PPPs for waste treatment plants and addressed key concepts such as valuation and cost-benefit analysis of PPP projects. The workshop followed a CLDP assessment and CLDP comments on a newly-proposed PPP law that is expected to become effective later this year. 

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 18, 2019

MENA: CLDP Supported Judges’ Participation in Court Administration Conference

From September 17-18, 2019, CLDP facilitated the participation of judicial delegations from Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and Bahrain in the 10th Annual International Association for Court Administration’s (IACA) conference in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan.

March 13, 2019 - March 14, 2019

Qatar: CLDP Leads Assessment of Capacity Building Needs in Public/Private Partnerships

On March 13-14, 2019, in Doha, Qatar, CLDP conducted an assessment of training and capacity-building needs in the area of public private partnerships (PPP). In coordination with DOC commercial specialists and a Department of State political-economic officer, CLDP met with officials from the Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MOCI), the Ministry of Public Health, and the Public Works Authority to assess needs and to determine receptivity to PPP workshops and other capacity building. Discussions included the status of the draft PPP law, the creation of a PPP unit at MOCI consisting of legal and regulatory, planning and feasibility, and project administration groups, and planned PPPs in the schools and hospitals sectors.