Iraq

May 29, 2018 - June 2, 2018

Iraq: CLDP Prepares Iraqi Investors to Acquire US Franchises

On May 29 - June 2, CLDP, in coordination with the US Mission to Iraq, ITA, FCS, and the International Franchise Association (IFA), hosted a 5 day program on “Investing in US Franchises” for a delegation of prospective Iraqi franchisees.  

April 30, 2018 - May 4, 2018

Iraq: CLDP Develops Models of Complex Investment Contracts for U.S. Goods

During the first week of May 2018, CLDP brought a delegation from Iraq's Ministry of Oil (MoO) to Houston for the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC). The purpose was to facilitate and support the creation of Public Private Partnership (PPPs) between MoO and the U.S. private sector for the development of Iraq’s oil industry.

April 4, 2018

Iraq Guide for Drafting International Arbitration Clauses

In an effort to promote foreign investment in Iraq, the Commercial Law Development Program (CLDP), created jointly with Iraqi officials, an Arbitration Guidebook to help Iraqi lawyers in the government and in the private sector draft effective and enforceable arbitration clauses.

 

في محاولة لتشجيع الاستثمار الأجنبي في العراق، تم وضع برنامج تطوير القانون التجاري (CLDP)، بالاشتراك مع مسؤولين عراقيين، وهو دليل تحكيم لمساعدة المحامين العراقيين في الحكومة وفي القطاع الخاص على صياغة فقرات تحكيم فعالة وقابلة للتنفيذ

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February 21, 2018

Middle East, North Africa, Afghanistan, and Sri Lanka: CLDP Sponsors the 4th Annual Middle East Pre -Moot Arbitrator Roundtable

On February 21, CLDP, in coordination with the Royal University for Women, the Bahrain Chamber for Dispute Resolution, Mena Chambers Bahrain, UNCITRAL, and ICC, hosted the 4th Annual Middle East Arbitrator Roundtable at the Royal University for Women in Manama, Bahrain.  The Roundtable was led by Dr. Stefan Kroll of the Vis Moot Organization, Professor Ron Brand of the University of Pittsburgh’s Center of International Legal Studies, and Ryan Harrington of UNCITRAL. More than 70 arbitrators from around the world participated and in sessions focused on addressing current developments in international trade and investment arbitration.  The program was conducted on the margins of CLDP’s 8th Annual Middle East Vis Pre-Moot program and provided an unique opportunity for current transactional lawyers to connect with the next generation of future arbitrators.  Participants discussed current changes in arbitration law and practice and prepared themselves to serve as judges in simulated arbitration rounds.  The Roundtable has become an annual event that has developed a community of legal practitioners in championing the practice of effective contract enforcement and dispute resolution.

February 19, 2018 - February 23, 2018

CLDP sponsors the 8th Annual Middle East Vis Pre-Moot

On February 19-23, CLDP, in partnership with the Royal University for Women, the Bahrain Chamber for Dispute Resolution, Mena Chambers Bahrain, UNCITRAL, and ICC, hosted the 8th Annual Middle East Vis Pre-Moot at the Royal University for Women in Manama, Bahrain.  The program brought together 15 teams consisting of over 90 students from Afghanistan, Bahrain, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, Tunisia and the United Arab Emirates for extensive clinical training in oral advocacy as well as simulated arbitrations.  The program consisted of three days of training and two days of competition.  The training was conducted by former Vis Moot champions and mentors, and Professor Ronald Brand from the Center of International Legal Studies, University of Pittsburgh.  Additionally, the competition was arbitrated by over 70 legal practitioners from across the globe.  

November 13, 2017 - November 16, 2017

Iraq: CLDP supports Iraq in developing downstream opportunities for US investors

From November 13 - 16, CLDP provided consultations to a high-level delegation from Iraq's Ministry of Oil on developing investment projects that would attract US investors, companies, and technologies.  

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November 12, 2017 - November 16, 2017

Iraq ADIPEC Consultations

From November 13 - 16, CLDP provided consultations to a high-level delegation from Iraq's Ministry of Oil on developing investment projects that would attract US investors, companies, and technologies.  The program was conducted at the behest of the US Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq, and in coordination with the US Embassy in UAE, the Iraq AmCham, the US-Arab Bilateral Chamber of Commerce, as well as Commerce's FCS and energy teams.  The consultations consisted of site visits and discussions with US companies, US lenders, and the IFC on means to structure projects that would bring viable investors to build Iraq's refinery capacity.  The program was conducted on the margins of the Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference (ADIPEC) and was attended by the US Ambassadors to Iraq and the UAE, along with the Iraqi Minister of Oil as well as a team of refinery officials from the Ministry.  As a result of the program, US companies have renewed interest in Iraq's downstream market and the Ministry of Oil is now in negotiations with two US Companies to develop critical refinery and gas megaprojects. 

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October 14, 2017

CLDP To Provide Preparatory Training Sessions for 2018 Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot and Vis East Moot

On October 12-14 in Manama, Bahrain, CLDP, in cooperation with Royal University for Women (RUW), the Bahrain Chamber for Dispute Resolution (BCDR-AAA), the University Pittsburgh's Center for International Legal Education (CILE), and MENA Chambers Bahrain held a preparatory training in Manama, Bahrain, aimed to prepare South Asia, Middle East and North Africa law students to compete in the 25th Annual Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot, to be held in Vienna, Austria and Hong Kong in March-April 2018.

September 13, 2017

Iraq: Consultations with Basrah Port Officials

On September 13, CLDP, in coordination with the US Consulate in Basrah, Iraq, conducted consultations in Basrah for the Director General of the Basrah Airport and other key officials from the Port of Basrah, to determine potential CLDP technical assistance that may be provided in order to improve port security, customs, and services. 

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