Eastern Europe: CLDP Conducted a Two-Week Virtual Vis Moot Written Argument Training

October 5, 2020 - October 23, 2020
CLDP Sponsored Vis Moot Students Join a Live Class with Prof. Brand

From October 5-23, CLDP, in coordination with Association ARBITRI and University of Pittsburgh Faculty of Law, will hold a two-week virtual training to prepare law students from Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), Kosovo,  and Belarus for the 28th Willem C. Vis Moot competition (Vis Moot) that will take  place virtually in March 2021. CLDP’s training will focus on topics that include an overview of a complex commercial dispute and applicable legal principles, as well as presentations and discussions focusing on the procedural and substantive issues relevant to the dispute, respectively. CLDP’s Vis Moot teams have also been invited to attend a live virtual class with University of Pittsburgh School of Law.  In addition to training and preparing the students, CLDP will continue its Training of Trainer (ToT) for coaches and faculty involved with the Vis Moot program.  The ToT training will focus on skills and best practices of coaching a Vis Moot Team, how coaches can find and secure funding for teams, and challenges teams may face in a virtual competition.

The Vis Moot is the most prestigious international moot on commercial arbitration where more than 400 teams from over 100 countries compete on oral and written advocacy. The Vis Moot experience helps equip the participating students with the skills necessary to handle commercial business disputes and bolsters the rule of law in their respective countries.

Vis Moot Alumni Presents on the CISG
Vis Moot Expert Presents on Legal Writing

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