Judicial Capacity Building consultations in the U.S.

November 1, 2008 - November 14, 2008

Recognizing the importance of a modernized judiciary in an increasingly global legal environment, King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia announced a national judicial reform program in October 2007. In support of the King’s announcement and funded by the Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI), the U.S. Department of Commerce Commercial Law Development Program (CLDP), in conjunction with the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, organized a series of judicial exchanges between the United States and Saudi Arabia.

In a historic first, Saudi Arabian judges traveled to the United States in November 2008 for two weeks of judicial consultations. In addition to visiting federal courts in Maryland and Minnesota, the delegation met with the Administrative Offices of the U.S. Courts, the Federal Judicial Center; the George Mason University Law and Economics Center, and the Supreme Court of the United States. Although the program partially focused on the procedural administration of justice and case management, the Saudi delegation also engaged their U.S. counterparts on a host of substantive issues, including bankruptcy adjudication, protection of intellectual property rights, judicial independence, and the jury system. The delegation also saw U.S. democracy in action as the presidential and general election occurred during their visit.
Made possible by the financial support of MEPI through its Commercial Law Initiative, these consultations expanded the activities started under the U.S.-Saudi Strategic Dialogue to increase the capacity of judges and legal officials in Saudi Arabia to adjudicate complex commercial and international transactions. These consultations equipped Saudi Arabian judges with the tools to improving the legal and business climate in the region.

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