Comparative techniques of obtaining oral evidence in international arbitration

The German Institution of Arbitration (DIS), with the support of International Advocacy Academy (IAA) trainers, organised a 2-day training and workshop conference in Berlin on 21 and 22 September around the topics of cross examination by advocates and examination by arbitrators.

Recommended international arbitration silk and IAA trainer, Colin Edelman QC joined fellow trainers and workshop contributors from distinguished law firms and on the morning of 22 September he discussed ‘Entering the arena: What the common law arbitrator wants and how he hopes to get it’.

Other topics were:

  • Experiments in direct examination and in cross-examination
  • What a civil law arbitrator wants
  • What the civil law advocate does to prepare for arbitrator-led examination
  • What the common law advocate does to prepare for cross-examination
  • Pathological cross-examination: how to spot it and how to stop it
  • Feedback: common and civil law perspectives on obtaining oral evidence

There were also two theory sessions which looked at factors such as modes of evidence gathering under the civil code; how civil code judges decide litigation cases; the function of cross examination and the rules of direct examination and cross-examination.

The event was held at Humboldt Carré, Behrenstrasse 42, 10117 Berlin, Germany.

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