Author: White & Case
The Faculty of Law & Political Science (FLP) at the National University of Laos and Bridges Across Borders Southeast Asia Community Legal Education Initiative (BABSEACLE) held a two-day contract drafting workshop on 13–14 March 2014. The workshop was presented by lawyers from international law firm, White & Case, and consisted of a talk on contract structure and group workshops where the participants had the opportunity to discuss key points of contract drafting. Attendees included law lecturers from the FLP, intern lawyers from local firms, NGO members and students from the National University of Laos cooporated with the Laos Bar Association in organizing the workshop, Which was co-supported by the Lux-Development, White and Case and BABSEACLE.
On the first day, the audience was given an introduction to contract law and an outline of principles applicable to the drafting and negotiation of contracts. The presenters from White & Case guided the audience through general principles of contract and key issues to be considered when drafting any type of contract.
On the second day, the audience was divided into small groups, each led by a member of the White & Case team. The participants were invited to consider the possible issues that may arise during the negotiation process. As a basis for discussion, the workshop used examples from a joint venture agreement and a supply agreement. The groups considered and presented their views on a variety of topics including control and management issues, risk assessment and dispute resolution. The workshop participants were pro-active and provided many interesting points for discussion, resulting in sessions which were informative and interesting for both the audience and the presenters. The FLP, BABSEACLE and White & Case hope to run similar events in the coming years.