Caucasus: CLDP Holds Vis Moot Training for Oral Argument

February 21, 2020 - February 23, 2020

On February 21, CLDP, in coordination with Arbitration Initiative Georgia, conducted a one-day training for law students on developing the fundamentals of international arbitration and oral advocacy in Tbilisi, Georgia.  The training was followed by a CLDP sponsored team competition on February 22-23, that included teams from seven Georgian law schools, as well as teams from Armenia, Azerbaijan, and other countries. Training sessions were led by student advisors and Vis Moot alumni from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and the University of Zenica. The training and competition helped prepare participating teams to compete in the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot (Vis Moot) in Vienna, Austria.  Through the training and competition, CLDP helped develop skills in legal analysis, advocacy, and international arbitration for future lawyers in Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia, which will help improve the contracts enforcement mechanism in the Caucasus and encourage regional cooperation and implementation of international best practices in regional arbitration.  

Upcoming Programs

August 1, 2020 - April 30, 2021

Throughout the quarter, CLDP engaged with numerous experts to prepare and record eight separate sessions on trade topics, specifically designed for Afghanistan’s approximately 25 Commercial Attachés posted throughout the world. In May 2018, CLDP spent one week training the same group of Attachés in a comprehensive course designed for them prior to their departure. This updated training course is intended to provide more advanced training on relevant topics now that the Attachés have been serving in their posts for more than two years.  The topics for these presentations were identified based on consultations with the Attachés and relevant stakeholders in the last quarter. Topics include drafting international contracts, attracting foreign direct investment, negotiation strategies, and two sessions on working trade shows. The series of pre-recorded virtual presentations, including translated copies of the presentations, will be delivered on a rolling basis to the Attachés. In addition, future topics will be recorded and shared with the participants. These virtual recordings will be saved in an online repository, which will be available for any interested party to view, including the private sector. 

March 15, 2021 - May 24, 2021

CLDP in close collaboration with the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) trained Bahrain Innovation and Technology Center (BITC) staff regarding filing patents in the GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council).  This program was part of a CLDP/USPTO collaboration to conduct over 40 hours of intellectual property training for the BITC.  The program included training on how to obtain patents and copyrights in the US as well as other jurisdictions.  

CLDP in Action

February 24, 2021 - February 25, 2021

On February 24-25, CLDP conducted a workshop on FIDIC contracts for a delegation of Sri Lankan officials from the Attorney General’s office.

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