Cross-Examination in Arbitration proceedings, 23 June 2008

13 May 2008


While everyone is familiar with the concept of cross-examination, there are surprisingly few practitioners - common law trained or otherwise - who really understand how the process works. And even those who do can run into difficulties when seeking to import their national practices into the arena of international arbitration.

This seminar will look at the principles behind the process, with experienced counsel from civil and common-law backgrounds giving their views on both how it works and what approach is in their view the most effective. They will give constructive advice on how an effective cross examination can be conducted, and perhaps more importantly, what forms of approach or attack are best avoided.

This discussion will be supplemented by comments on cross-examination best (and worst) practices by a panel made up of experienced arbitrators, who will share their views on what - in their opinion and experience - works (and what does not) in terms of the cross examination of the other party's factual or expert witnesses.

Finally, a panel made up of in-house counsel with diverse common and civil law backgrounds will provide insight from the end-user's perspective.The audience will be invited to participate in the discussion which promises to be a lively debate, punctuated with real experiences, or "war-stories", intended to lift the discussion to a more practical, and hopefully entertaining, level.

Who is this workshop designed for?
Counsel, practising lawyers, arbitrators, legal directors and corporate counsel from companies involved in international commercial arbitration, magistrates, legal practitioners advising international trading companies, experts & business people involved in international trade and dispute resolution.

Working methods
• Mix of civil and common law lawyers to take into account the cultural approach
• Mixed panel representative of all actors of a cross-examination: arbitrators, counsel, users and witnesses
• A theoretical morning session followed by practical sessions on the different viewpoints
• Limited number of participants to ensure maximum participation

Working language
The workshop will be held in Enlish only.

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