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

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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