The International Law Institute (ILI) and the Bangladesh International Arbitration Centre (BIAC) successfully concluded the Trainer of Trainers (TOT) seminar in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The TOT seminar took place on June 9 to 12, in Dhaka, Bangladesh. This is the third and final training in the first phase of the Training in Commercial Arbitration in Bangladesh Project, which aims at increasing the local capacity in commercial arbitration. The program is sponsored by the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and it is part of a series of efforts by the Ministry of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs to address the increasing backlog in domestic courts.

During the closing ceremony, the Minister of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs, Barrister Shafique Ahmed, remarked on the importance of this project, helping to solve the problem of “over 2.4 million cases pending in the courts, as at the end of last year.”

The TOT seminar included presentations by all participants in the seminar, under the guidance of international arbitrator David Branson, and ILI´s ADR expert, Carlos Ivan Davila. The presentations were of the highest quality and BIAC may now count on 25 outstanding lawyers who will be able to continue capacity building efforts in arbitration. The ILI will continue to support BIAC, with a new round of trainings in Commercial Arbitration. The ILI recognizes the high quality of the professionals who participated in these trainings, and expects to collaborate in the future with its alumni in Dhaka.