Maldives: CLDP Launched the Maldives 2020-21 Vis Moot Program

August 5, 2020 - August 6, 2020
Villa College Introductory Call

On August 5 and 6, CLDP and the Maldives International Arbitration Center launched the Willem C. Vis Moot (Vis Moot) Program in the Maldives with 12 students from two universities: the Maldives National University and the Villa College. This is the second year of CLDP’s Vis Moot program in the Maldives. During the 2-day events, CLDP covered various topics, including: the goals of the 2020-21 moot; the assignment of coaches to each team; the process and timeline of the program; and several procedural and substantive legal issues related to the Vis Moot and international arbitration. Starting in August, the teams will meet (virtually) with their coach on a weekly basis to prepare for the Middle East Vis Pre-Moot scheduled for February 2021 and then the Vis Moot competition scheduled for March 2021.  CLDP’s Maldives Vis Moot program is part of its efforts to help create a business enabling environment in the Maldives by creating alternative means of resolving commercial disputes. 

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.

Read More about Sri Lanka: FIDIC Contracts Workshop