International Law

International Arbitration Skills Masterclass

May 5 – 6, 2021 | 9:00AM - 6:00 PM EDT (Day 1 & 2)

International Arbitration Skills Masterclass

International Arbitration Skills Masterclass

We are delighted to invite you to join leaders in the international arbitration community for the ABA International Law Section’s International Arbitration Skills Masterclass, a hands-on training program designed to help you develop your arbitral skills by learning from some of the world’s best international arbitration lawyers.

Whether you are at the beginning of your international arbitration career, a seasoned practitioner, or  somewhere in-between, and in whatever jurisdiction and sector you practice, this two-day Masterclass will help you develop your presentation and examination skills, provide you with tailored feedback from the international arbitration community’s “superstars,” and leave you with practical tools for becoming a better arbitration practitioner. The Masterclass will also provide an excellent networking opportunity, including a virtual happy hour.

What to Expect

Through a series of dynamic virtual presentations, practice sessions, and tailored, individual feedback from renowned figures in the international arbitration community, participants will learn and practice the best methods, techniques, and the dos and don’ts for conducting a merits hearing, covering:

  • Conduct of the hearing
  • Opening statements
  • Cross-examination and re-direct examination of fact witnesses
  • Cross-examination and re-direct examination of expert witnesses
  • Closing arguments

Each participant will have the opportunity to practice each of the above elements of the hearing, including by conducting cross-examination and re-direct examination of witnesses (‘played’ by law school students) and experts (‘played’ by damages experts from prominent consultancy firms)”.


Day 1 agenda – Wednesday May 5, 2021

9:00 am - 9.15 am: Introductory remarks
9:15 am - 9:30 am: Overview of Conduct of the Hearing
09:30 am - 10:00 am: Plenary presentation on Opening Statements
10:00 am - 11:15 am: Opening Statements (a practice session)
10:45 am - 11:15 am: Feedback on Opening Statements
11:15 am - 11:30 am: Break
11:30 am - 12:30 pm: Plenary presentation on Cross-Examining and Redirecting Fact Witnesses
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm: Break
1:30 pm - 4:00 pm Cross-Examination and Redirect of Fact Witnesses (a practice session)
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm: Feedback on Cross-Examinations and Redirects of Fact Witnesses
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm: Practitioner roundtable 

Day 2 agenda - Thursday May 6, 2021

9:00 am - 9:30 am:  Plenary presentation on Cross-Examining and Redirecting Expert Witnesses
9:30 am - 1:00 pm: Cross-Examination and Redirect of Expert Witnesses and feedback (a practice session)
1:00 pm - 1:30 pm: Break
1:30 pm - 2:15 pm: Plenary presentation on Closing Statements
2:15 pm - 4:00 pm: Closing Statements and feedback (a practice session)
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm:  Expert roundtable
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm: Virtual networking event

Who should attend?

  • Lawyers beginning their careers in international arbitration
  • Mid-level lawyers looking to improve their skills
  • Experienced attorneys looking to practice and further hone their skills


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CLE Information

CLE will not be offered for the Masterclass. In place of CLE, a certificate of completion from the ABA International Law Section will be issued to all participants at the end of the course.

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