Sri Lanka: CLDP Hosts the annual Sri Lankan National Selection Rounds for the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot

September 25, 2020 - September 28, 2020

The Commercial Law Development Program (CLDP) in partnership with the Moot Court Bench,held its annual Sri Lankan National Selection Rounds for the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot on the 27th of September 2020 at the Hilton Colombo Residences.

The Moot Court Bench is an initiative created in collaboration with CLDP to develop alternate dispute resolution mechanisms in Sri Lanka with special emphasis on Arbitration and Commercial Law. To date, the program has successfully trained over 40 selected law students over 3 years and recently expanded its capacity to accommodate over 60 students per sitting earlier this year. This event marked the culmination of 3 months of hard work and dedication by both the mooties and the administrative departments of the Moot Court Bench.
The highlight of the National Rounds was the Grand Finale between the top two teams in the program, from the Royal Institute of Colombo and Sri Lanka Law College.
The Arbitral Tribunal for the finale comprised of Former Justice Shiranee Tilakawardana, Dr Asanga Gunawansa and Mr Viraj Dayaratne, PC.
Sri Lanka Law College emerged the Champions for the year 2020, pleading on behalf of the Respondent and the Royal Institute of Colombo, pleading on behalf of the Claimant were awarded the runners-up.
Amani Raji, from the Royal Institute of Colombo, was adjudged the Best Oralist for her outstanding advocacy skills.

Upcoming Programs

October 27, 2020 - February 9, 2021

CLDP conducted a webinar series on concepts in public-private partnerships (PPPs) for the Urban Development Authority (UDA) of Sri Lanka. PPPs provide an innovative​ financing approach to developing major infrastructure projects across the globe. The webinar series covered concepts including PPP structure, payment mechanisms, project agreements, financing agreements, common contract clauses, and public support mechanisms. Each webinar topic was followed by a discussion group one week after the webinar was delivered. UDA received these trainings weekly from October 27th, 2020 to February 9th, 2021. CLDP’s collaboration with UDA of Sri Lanka is part of its ongoing technical assistance under the Infrastructure Transaction and Assistance Network.

CLDP in Action

November 9, 2020

CLDP, along with INSOL International and the World Bank Group, a series of Live Forum broadcasts, providing a platform for the judiciary to discuss current issues whilst facilitating knowledge sharing. 

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