International Law

Improve by Doing From the Superstars of International Arbitration

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

Join us for the ABA International Law Section’s two-day skills clinic in international arbitration.

About the Clinic and What to Expect

In this two-day, hands-on, virtual skills clinic, lawyers involved in international arbitration will practice the best methods and techniques for conducting a final hearing under the guidance of some of the world’s most well-known and respected practitioners and arbitrators.  Over the course of the two day skills clinic, leaders in the field will present on topics including:

  • conduct of the hearing.
  • opening presentations.
  • presenting and crossing fact and expert witnesses, and.
  • closing argument. 

Making this program completely different from the usual conference, however, will be that the participants will participate by conducting their own examinations of actor/witnesses with individualized coaching from the program facilitators.

On day one, small groups of lawyers will break out and conduct fact-witness examinations, while day two will focus on presenting and questioning expert witnesses.  After participants conduct their own examinations, they will receive individually custom-tailored feedback designed to maximize their individual strengths.

Why Attend

Participants will practice the subtle differences between international arbitration and U.S.-style litigation.  They will study how to address and persuade tribunals.  And they will have the unparalleled opportunity to practice in a supportive setting and hone their skills with the help of some of the world’s best.

Who Should Attend?

  • Mid-level lawyers developing careers in international arbitration
  • Lawyers beginning their careers in international arbitration
  • Experienced attorneys who want to improve or practice their skills

 “Case Preparation”

Before the conference, participants will receive materials regarding an international transaction involving the production of an innovative product among parties from the France, Latin America (partially owned by the sovereign), and the United States.  One fact witness will be presented by the Claimant and one by the Respondent.  Similarly, each side will have an expert to testify about their opinions as to the cause of the problem.  A packet of the relevant documents, including the request for arbitration, answer, key documents, and witness CVs will be included.

Agenda | Wednesday, May 5, 2021

All times below are in EDT.

9:00 am – 9:30 am Plenary presentation on Conduct of the Hearing
9:00 am – 10:00 am Plenary presentation on Opening Statements
10:00 am  – 10:50 am Break-out presentation on presenting and crossing fact witnesses
11:00 am – 12:30 pm Break-out groups will conduct mock cross of fact witnesses
1:30 pm – 3:00 pm Continue break-out mock cross examinations of fact witnesses
3:30 pm – 4:30 pm Personalized feedback by break-out group leaders
4:45 pm – 6:00 pm Plenary presentation on Expert Witness Examination


Agenda | Thursday, May 6, 2021

All times below are in EDT.

9:00 am – 9:30 am Break-out groups will conduct mock cross of expert witnesses
10:45 am – 12:30 am Continue break-out mock cross examinations of expert witnesses
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm Personalized feedback on expert cross examinations by break-out group leaders
2:45 pm – 3:45 pm Plenary presentation on Closing Arguments
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm Roundtable of leading practitioners who will field participants’ questions and discuss current trends in conducting final hearings, including technology
5:00 pm – 6:00 pm Virtual happy hour and informal discussions



Register Here (Coming soon)

  • Section Member: $300
  • ABA Member: $400.00
  • Non ABA Member: $400.00


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CLE Information

CLE will not be offered for this skills clinic.

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