Global: CLDP and the University of Pittsburgh Kick Start the Virtual Vis Moot Boot Camp

September 4, 2020 - October 2, 2020
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From September 4 to October 2, CLDP, in cooperation with the Center for International Legal Education (CILE) of the University of Pittsburgh College of Law, hosted a Virtual Vis Moot Boot Camp for the incoming 2020-2021 CLDP sponsored teams who will compete in the 28th Annual Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot (Vis Moot).  The Vis Moot is the premier international competition, hosted in part by UNCITRAL, to support the development and practice of efficient dispute resolution.  Every year, CLDP, works with UNCITRAL and the University of Pittsburgh, among other resource partners, to implement a 9-month long program that cultivates a network of commercial arbitration specialists in needed markets.  The Boot Camp is a new program feature, consisting of pre-recorded lectures, materials, and interactive live webinars on the essentials of international commercial arbitration.  Through the Boot Camp, over 30 CLDP teams from the Middle East, North Africa, Eurasia, and South Asia developed the foundational knowledge critical to comprehending the legal arbitration issues presented by the Vis Moot problem, a simulation of an international sales transaction case, to be distributed on October 9.  After the problem is released, CLDP will work with teams through subsequent virtual workshops and consultations, that will support teams submit their written arguments to the Vis. 

CLDP Attorney-Advisor Mais Abousy with Vis Moot advisors and participants from Afghanistan
CLDP Attorney-Advisor Mais Abousy with Vis Moot advisors and participants from Afghanistan
Vis Moot Advisor with participants from South and Southeast Asia
Vis Moot Advisor with participants from South and Southeast Asia

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