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In the absence of mandatory continuing legal education (CLE) requirements for attorneys practicing in the Gulf region, few organizations offer opportunities for lawyers to boost their practical skills and to stay abreast of trends in the legal field through such programs. To address this need, the ABA Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI) has supported the creation of a Gulf CLE Consortium to leverage regional resources with the aim of improving access to CLE by Gulf lawyers.
The workshops addressed cross-cultural conflict, tools for analyzing conflict and preparing for mediation.
To kick off the consortium’s efforts, ABA ROLI supported two alternative dispute resolution (ADR) workshops in June. The courses were designed to boost the conflict resolution skills of locally licensed lawyers in a region where ADR use in connection with litigation is in its early stages. The workshops addressed cross-cultural conflict, tools for analyzing conflict and preparing for mediation. The Dubai session was co-hosted by K&L Gates, one of several international firms supporting the consortium’s work; while the Bahrain session was co-hosted by the Bahrain Chamber of Dispute Resolution.
In addition to supporting more frequent and more widely attended CLE courses, the consortium will also develop a website to highlight CLE resources. The Gulf CLE Consortium initiative is made possible through funding by the U.S. Department of State’s Middle East Partnership Initiative.
To learn more about our work in the Gulf Region, contact the ABA Rule of Law Initiative at firstname.lastname@example.org.