Kuwait

February 19, 2018 - February 23, 2018

CLDP 8th Middle East Pre Moot

On February 19-23 in Manama, Bahrain, CLDP, in coordination with the Royal University for Women (RUW), UNCITRAL, Bahrain Chamber for Dispute Resolution (BCDR), MENA Chambers Bahrain, and the University of Pittsburg (CILE) will host the 8th Annual Middle East Vis Pre-Moot. The Pre-Moot is a 5-day regional event brings together over 50 regionally renowned lawyers, arbitration practitioners, and judges, alongside 15 law school teams from Afghanistan, Bahrain, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, Tunisia, and the United Arab Emirates to foster best practices in international commercial arbitration through a simulated arbitration.

February 7, 2018

Kuwait: CLDP Provides Legislative Experience for Economic Development Conference

On February 7, CLDP Senior Counsel James Filpi spoke at the Kuwait annual Knowledge Economy Forum conference organized by the Kuwait Supreme Council of Planning and Development in Kuwait City. The conference brought experts in economic development from around the world to discuss the demands on Kuwait to develop a knowledge based economy and continue to be a robust participant in the global economy. Mr. Filpi emphasized the importance of Kuwait keeping pace with international commercial law standards and the challenges for legislators supporting economic growth in a knowledge based economy. Mr. Filpi provided insights into lessons learned in the Arabian Peninsula and globally for legislative drafters attempting to regulate a knowledge based economy effectively. Since 2004 in the Arabian Peninsula, CLDP has advocated for legislative efforts to modernize commercial law and trained legal stakeholders in international commercial law best practices. CLDP’s focus in the Arabian Peninsula is to provide the legal expertise and training to encourage the countries in the Arabian Peninsula to modernize their commercial laws and create opportunities for local and international companies operating in the region.

February 6, 2018

Kuwait: Comparative Arbitration Law Seminar

On February 8, 2018, CLDP and the Kuwait Commercial Arbitration Center (KCAC) will conduct a seminar focusing on best practices in drafting arbitration legislation. Enlisting the expertise of international dispute resolution experts in local and international practices, CLDP and KCAC will conduct the seminar for stakeholders interested in arbitration law and practice in Kuwait.

February 6, 2018

Kuwait: CLDP Advocates for Kuwait Arbitration Law Reform

On February 6, CLDP staff and international dispute resolution experts from the American Arbitration Association and the International Chamber of Commerce met with representatives of the Kuwait Council of Ministers Department of Legal Advice & Legislation (“the Department). CLDP advocated for reform in the current legal regime governing alternative dispute resolution (ADR) in Kuwait. The Department was encouraged to adopt a new arbitration law to not only keep pace with international standards, but also to keep pace with recent arbitration law developments in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). CLDP pledged to share experience with other GCC arbitration law developments with the Department. Over the past several years, CLDP has collaborated with Bahrain, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE in modernizing their arbitration laws. In Kuwait, CLDP addressed portions of the Kuwait arbitration law that are outdated for modern commercial transactions. The current Kuwait arbitration law dates to 1960.  CLDP also advocated for changing the Kuwait arbitration law to empower international companies in contracts in Kuwait. With a modernized ADR regime in Kuwait, foreign companies would be encouraged to partner with Kuwaiti companies - increasing technology and knowledge transfer to the Kuwaiti economy. Representatives of the Department welcomed CLDP collaboration and outlined a legislative strategy by which Kuwait could update its current ADR legal regime. Over the coming months, CLDP will provide guidance to the Department in this legislative endeavor. With successful collaboration in recent years in Bahrain, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and now Kuwait, CLDP has been a principal participant in modernizing international ADR in the GCC region that will benefit local and US companies alike.

December 7, 2017 - December 13, 2017

CLDP Organizes 2 MENA Workshops on International Arbitration

CLDP hosted two programs on international arbitration in Tunis, Tunisia and Casablanca, Morocco from December 7-13, 2017. 

December 6, 2017 - December 7, 2017

Kuwait: CLDP Trains Judges in Alternative Dispute Resolution

On December 6–7, CLDP conducted a two-day conference in Kuwait City to train judges regarding their roles in alternative dispute resolution proceedings.  CLDP worked in close cooperation with the Kuwait Supreme Council of Planning and Development and the Kuwait Institute for Judicial and Legal Studies to organize the training workshop, and enlisted the expertise of judges and international dispute resolution experts to focus on best practices in referring and awarding alternative dispute resolution decisions.  Program experts included the Honorable Barrington D. Parker, Senior Judge at the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and Judge Mostafa Abdel Ghaffar from the Saudi Arabia Center for Commercial Arbitration.  Participants in the program increased their understanding of the role of judges in alternative dispute resolution in commercial cases, and are helping to ensure greater reliability of contract compliance and enforcement for American businesses operating in Kuwait.

November 5, 2017 - November 7, 2017

Kuwait: CLDP Launches Public Procurement Reform Program with Technical Assessment

On November 5-7 , CLDP conducted, in cooperation with the Supreme Council for Planning and Development (SCPD), a three-day assessment of Kuwait's current procurement processes and its new procurement law, which was enacted in 2016.  

November 5, 2017

Kuwait: CLDP Signs Letter of Intent with Supreme Council for Planning and Development

On November 5,  CLDP and the Kuwait Supreme Council for Planning and Development (SCPD) signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) to cooperate on technical assistance programs for government agencies across the Kuwaiti government.  

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

Alternative Dispute Resolution Workshop

On September 13, 2017, CLDP, in cooperation with the Kuwait Commercial Arbitration Center (KCAC), hosted a workshop on best practices in alternative dispute resolution clause drafting. The workshop focused on a case study that was used to identify and build consensus on best practices in alternative dispute resolution clauses to be used in contracts between Kuwaiti and international parties. Program participants wrote draft clauses as part of a group exercise led by an alternative dispute resolution legal expert. Participants also discussed how to strategically review clauses on behalf of business clients with their peers and counterparts.