Afghanistan: CLDP Sponsors a National Vis Moot Training

October 1, 2020 - October 2, 2020

On October 1-3, CLDP, in coordination with the Afghanistan Vis Alumni Network (AVAN), and the Afghanistan Center for Commercial Dispute Resolution (ACDR), sponsored a virtual training on oral advocacy, followed by a two-day virtual national competition for the nine Afghan teams participating in the Willem C. Vis Moot Program (Vis Moot). CLDP’s assistance with Afghanistan’s 2020 Vis Moot program began in June and has been focused on training nine teams from different Universities based in various provinces throughout Afghanistan. At the end of the national competition, the top four teams (Herat University, Jami University, Kabul University and American University of Afghanistan) were selected to represent Afghanistan in the international Vis East Moot competition in Hong Kong planned for March 2021. The winner overall of the Afghanistan national Vis Moot competition was Herat University due to the team’s superior skills in oral and written advocacy. This competition set a precedent for the CLDP Afghanistan Vis Moot program as it was the first to be held entirely virtually. CLDP’s Afghanistan Vis Moot program is part of the continued efforts to help create a cadre of arbitration practitioners and strengthen the alternative dispute settlement mechanism in Afghanistan in order to attract foreign investment and to continue to strengthen the economy of Afghanistan.