Tunisia

June 25, 2020

Tunisia – Webinar on Global Artisan Brands’ Response to COVID-19

CLDP will host a webinar in partnership with By hand Consulting to increase the export preparedness of artisans in Tunisia. The presentation will focus on how the U.S. market for global handmade products has been impacted by COVID-19. During this time of uncertainty, the path forward may be unclear for many small businesses. This webinar will help local artisans understand changes in demand of U.S. businesses that are within their target markets, highlight brands that are innovating and excelling despite market challenges, and outline simple ways to stay connected to customers by using impactful messaging. The webinar will be 35-40 minutes long.

June 16, 2020

MENA Region – CLDP Supports Struggling Franchise Industry Amidst Health Crisis

On June 16, CLDP, in cooperation with ITA, hosted a webinar for Algerian and Tunisian franchisees on sustaining operations amidst challenges posed by COVID-19. Carl Zwisler, Senior Counsel at Lathrop GPM, and Bill Schrieber, Executive Director of Mathnasium Inc., discussed the importance of updating franchise agreements, having business interruption insurance, making adaptations to leases, royalties and fees, and adjusting price models when shifting from in-person to virtual services. In Tunisia and Algeria, franchising is a significant driver for developing small and mid-sized enterprises, creating jobs, and diversifying the economy. COVID-19’s commercial impact jeopardizes franchisees essential contribution to the economy. 

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 23, 2019 - October 24, 2019

Tunisia: CLDP Holds Cross-Border eCommerce Workshop

On October 23-24 in Tunis, Tunisia, CLDP held a workshop to identify potential changes to Tunisian law that would encourage increased cross-border eCommerce transactions for both exports and imports. Over 40 representatives from several government ministries, the private sector, and the NGO community discussed potential amendments to Tunisia’s eCommerce law, customs procedures, central bank currency and payment rules, and other matters.  The participants offered sets of informal recommendations for further action.

ECommerce in Tunisia has not reached its full potential, although there are black market eCommerce websites. Legal changes could help Tunisian SMEs and individuals reach new markets, while also providing opportunities for US sellers.

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.

August 21, 2019

The Maldives: CLDP Leads Workshops on Arbitration and Mediation

On August 21, 2019, in Tunis, Tunisia, CLDP led a workshop on technical aspects of successfully exporting handicrafts for 100 local small and medium-sized enterprises that produce artisanal products. The exercise included guidance on design for foreign markets, interaction with professional buyers, customer service, contract negotiations, and procedural aspects of shipping and customs clearance. This is part of a multi-year year effort to assist Tunisia in increasing handicraft exports through recommendations based on international best practices. Artisans represent the second largest employment sector, after agriculture, with 350,000 jobs in Tunisia. They are often located in remote areas where the local population is more susceptible to radicalization if unemployed. This type of traditional work has proven an effective economic development tool for the less educated and less mobile rural populations. Since CLDP’s effort started, handicraft exports to the U.S. have tripled. 

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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.

April 11, 2019 - April 18, 2019

CLDP to sponsor Middle East Law Schools to compete in the 26th Annual Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot

On April 11-18, 2019, CLDP sponsored two Middle East law schools: Iraqyia College of Law and Faculty of Legal, Political and Social Sciences of Tunisto participate in the 26th Annual Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot (Vis Moot) in Vienna, Austria.