Saudi Arabia

December 9, 2019

Saudi Arabia: PPP Workshop

CLDP will conduct training and consultations regarding privatization, public-private partnerships (PPPs), and foreign investment for the officials from the Government of Saudi Arabia.  International and local US lawyers will provide insight into best legal practices in privatization, PPP, and trade law in order to attract foreign partners, including US companies to develop business opportunities in Saudi Arabia. 

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.

October 16, 2019 - October 17, 2019

Saudi Arabia: CLDP Supports the Launch of the World’s First Arabic Arbitration Moot

On October 16-17, in Riyadh, in partnership with the Saudi Center for Commercial Arbitration (SCCA), CLDP supported the launch of the world’s first Arabic Arbitration Moot (AAM) by hosting a two-day training session that provided Saudi students with the necessary legal skills, tools, and resources to compete in the Moot. AAM is an educational platform that engages students, academia, and practitioners to promote the use of international commercial arbitration in the Middle East. Its aim is to initiate the use of clinical legal education, develop Arabic legal scholarship, and improve the capacity of the next generation of Arabic speaking arbitration specialist in the region. The program was conducted on the margins of the SCCA’s 2nd Annual International Arbitration Conference.

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.

July 22, 2019 - July 26, 2019

Kuwait and Saudi Arabia: CLDP to Conduct Judicial Training on Bankruptcy

On July 22-26, 2019, CLDP will conduct judicial capacity building programming in New York, NY, for a 15-person delegation from Kuwait and Saudi Arabia. Participant judges will visit federal and New York state courts to view live commercial proceedings and learn best practices in adjudicating complex commercial transactions such as bankruptcy. The delegation will also meet with stakeholders in commercial disputes such as U.S. bankruptcy judges, lawyers for bankruptcy litigants, U.S. trustees, and claims agents. Participants will learn the judge’s role in referring commercial cases to alternative means of dispute resolution such as arbitration and mediation. In recent years, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia have developed new commercial laws including insolvency laws to prepare themselves for transformation to knowledge-based economies that attract foreign investment and encourage innovation and entrepreneurship. For new commercial laws to be implemented effectively and protect U.S. investments in Kuwait and Saudi Arabia, judges from these countries will need to prepare for complex commercial litigation such as bankruptcy.

June 25, 2019 - June 27, 2019

MENA: Regional Alternative Dispute Resolution Conference

On June 25-27, 2019, CLDP organized a regional conference on mediation in Tunis, Tunisia, bringing together more than 110 participants from the justice sectors of Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Iraq, Kuwait, and Algeria. The conference focused on the use of mediation to resolve commercial disputes with sessions facilitated by subject-matter experts from the UN Commission on International Trade Law, the International Chamber of Commerce, JAMS Mediation, Arbitration and ADR Services, and current and former U.S. judges. Topics included the role of courts in encouraging mediation, the legal framework supporting mediation, enforcement of mediated settlements, mediation rules and practices, and standards for the conduct of mediators. Additionally, each delegation presented on recent developments in mediation in their countries: Tunisia, Saudi Arabia, and Bahrain are considering adopting new mediation statutes. CLDP hopes that this program will lead to increased recourse to mediation as a tool to resolve contractual disputes and ultimately contribute to a more attractive legal environment for cross-border business in the region.

May 14, 2019 - May 16, 2019

Saudi Arabia: CLDP Brokers Relationship between City of Denver and KSA NCP

From May 14-16, CLDP facilitated discussions between the Saudi Arabia National Center for Privatization and Public Private Partnership (NCP) and potential U.S. partners during the annual meeting of the U.S. National Center for Public Private Partnership (NCPPP) in Denver, CO. NCP estimates that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) will soon initiate PPPs totaling more than $50 billion, for which they are seeking partners from the U.S. private sector. Initial NCP PPP opportunities for U.S. partners include infrastructure, such as railway development, as well as healthcare and utilities. CLDP and the Foreign Commercial Service plan to prepare follow-on programming in the U.S. and Riyadh to facilitate consultations between KSA and U.S. entities for KSA PPP opportunities.

April 28, 2019 - April 29, 2019

Saudi Arabia: CLDP Partners with Saudi Bankruptcy Commission in First Bankruptcy Conference

On April 29-30, CLDP supported Saudi Arabia’s launch of its new bankruptcy law, which was headlined by the Saudi Minister of Commerce and Investment. The conference included over 800 lawyers, judges, and accountants from across the country. Prior to the passing of the new law, bankruptcy had presented a significant legal risk for U.S. companies and investors doing business in Saudi Arabia as the legal framework lacked transparency and predictability for creditors interested in investing in Saudi companies.

April 7, 2019 - April 9, 2019

Saudi Arabia: CLDP partners with Saudi’s Arbitration Center to launch the 1st globally known Arabic Arbitration Moot

On April 7-9, 2019, CLDP, in cooperation with the Saudi Center for Commercial Arbitration (SCCA), will participate in a three day launch program in Riyadh, Jeddah, and Dammam, Saudi Arabia to promote the 1st Arabic Commercial Arbitration Moot. CLDP, alongside SCCA, will gather with Saudi judges, lawyers, officials, law school faculty and students to discuss the benefits of the Arabic Moot and describe the process of enrolling and competing.  Once universities teams have been enrolled, CLDP will support the SCCA in training arbitrators, university faculty and students. 

In an effort to advance the use of international arbitration instruments, CLDP, alongside its regional partners, developed an annual English language Middle East Pre-Moot program that has supported the participation of key countries in the Wilhelm C. International Commercial Arbitration Vis Moot, an UNCITRAL education tool used to encourage the use of the CISG, the NY convention, and other key arbitration rules (i.e. UNCITRAL Model Rules).  CLDP's Vis Pre-Moot has drawn global attention and is sponsored by the ICC and UNCITRAL.  The SCCA is keen to expand the impact of CLDP's Vis Pre-Moot to non-English speaking arbitration practitioners and is working with CLDP and other resource partners to pilot the Arabic Moot.