Jordan: Building the Next Generation of Regional Arbitrators

October 14, 2014 - October 18, 2014

CLDP, under the auspices of the Judicial Council of Jordan, and in collaboration with the LEAD Advisory Group, the Bahrain Chamber for Dispute Resolution (BCDR), the University of Jordan, and the Center for International Legal Education (CILE) at the University of Pittsburg, kicked-off the 5th Annual Middle East Willem C Vis Pre-Moot Program on October 14-18 in Amman, Jordan. The Middle East Vis Pre-Moot Program is the premier opportunity for law students in the Middle East, North Africa, and Afghanistan to develop oral advocacy skills and practical knowledge of international sales contracts. The Pre-Moot combines a simulated competitive mooting with guidance and critical feedback from leading practitioners in order to refine team dynamics and improve individual skills. This experience prepares students to compete with law schools from around the world at the Willem C Vis Moot in Vienna, Austria.
On October 14-16, as the first phase of the Middle East Vis Pre-moot Program, CLDP held a three-day training session for the region's teams that intend to compete in the 22nd Annual Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot this March 2015.  The training was conducted by top arbitration professors and practitioners, alongside former CLDP Vis program participants.  Students were trained to analyze the 22nd Vis problem, develop a legal strategy and draft their respective written submissions for the competition. Participating teams included Afghanistan, Iraq, Jordan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Tunisia.
On October 17-18, to further expand arbitration capacity in the region, CLDP, in cooperation with the Judicial Council of Jordan, the LEAD Advisory Group, the Center for International Legal Education (CILE) at the University of Pittsburg, and the International Commercial Court (ICC), conducted an arbitration program for judges, lawyers, and law professors (“practitioners”), utilizing the Vis problem.  The program aims to prepare the region's legal experts to serve as Arbitrators for the Vis Pre-Moot, as well as develop a network of regional arbitration experts that will mentor the next generation of transactional lawyers.  Practitioners were trained on the process of arbitration and the role of arbitrators in an international commercial dispute, as well as in developing a legal analysis of the Vis problem.
Given the fact that dispute resolution delay is a significant impediment to doing business in the Middle East and North Africa region,  building the capacity of legal professionals in arbitration will improve economic opportunities in the region by resolving commercial disputes in an efficient and cost-effective manner.

Upcoming Programs

February 24, 2020 - February 26, 2020

CLDP in collaboration with the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine and the US Embassy Kyiv, supported the travel of the Government of Ukraine (GOU) delegation to the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA) Committee Meeting that took place on February 24 – 26. The GOU delegation consisted of two Ministry of Economic Development and Trade officials

The GOU participation in the GPA Committee Meeting will ensure Ukraine has a more active role on issues critical to Ukraine’s trade sector; it effectively accomplishes the procedural requirements, carries out the negotiations, and provides answers to questions posed by GPA Committee members, including the United States.

February 24, 2020 - February 26, 2020

On February 26-27, 2020, CLDP organized a workshop on best practices in government procurement for public-private partnerships in Kathmandu, Nepal, as a continuation of its Indo-Pacific portfolio on infrastructure development and finance. In March 2019, Nepal passed a PPP law and designated the Investment Board of Nepal (IBN) as the country’s PPP authority. CLDP’s training aims to build competency of IBN’s staff, as well as that of other Nepali government ministries. Through a series of trainings and capacity-building workshops, CLDP hopes to increase understanding of PPPs among the Nepali government, private sector, and public. 

CLDP in Action

December 12, 2019

On December 12, in Manama, Bahrain, CLDP held a workshop focused on technology transfer for representatives from government, academia, and the startup community. 

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