5th ICC European Conference on International Arbitration

28-29 Jun 2021

English CLE/MCLE/CNB credits & hours available

28 June 2021 marks the 5th ICC European Conference. The Conference is a must attend event for arbitration professionals wanting to keep pace with the latest arbitral institutional developments and the evolution of arbitration across Europe.

On 29 June 2021, the ICC Institute of World Business Law will hold its advanced level training entitled Oral Advocacy in International Arbitration: The good, the bad and the in between. Join us to gain hands-on expertise through a combination of presentations, interactive discussions and case scenarios.

Who should attend?

  • Practising lawyers
  • Corporate counsel
  • Arbitrators
  • Mediators
  • Business professionals and academics from around the world
28 June: Conference
29 June: Training

The programme will be available shortly.

All times are CEST


Registration and welcome coffee

09.00 – 09.10

Welcoming address, introduction and presentation of the mock case

09.10 – 10.10

Oral versus written advocacy: counsel and tribunal perspectives

-Defining the elements of “oral advocacy”: pleadings, witnesses, experts, demonstratives, other features

-Early assessment of the pros and cons of the elements of “oral advocacy”: the opportunities and the limitations depending on the initial presentation of the dispute

-Perspectives as claimant versus as respondent

-The interrelationship between the assessment and the selection of the tribunal members: party autonomy vs. tribunal direction

-The interrelationship between the assessment and the applicable law(s) including respecting burden of proof and burden of persuasion

-The assessment and the desired role for the tribunal: “inquisitorial” vs. “adversarial” vs. something in between

10.10 – 10.40


10.40 – 10.55

Coffee break

10.55 – 11.40

Oral advocacy, party autonomy and the determination of the facts of the dispute: the opening statement at the hearing

-The hearing and oral opening statements: good practices, bad practices, best practices

-Orally pleading the case “through” prior written memorials: counsel perspectives, tribunal perspectives

-Opening statements and post-hearing briefs: the desired relationship

-Exhibits and visuals and their role in oral advocacy and decision-making

11:40 – 12:45

Case scenarios and Q&A

12.45 – 13.45


13.45 – 14.15

Focus on cross-examination

-Effective preparation for cross examination

-Effective styles of cross-examination

-“Remember the dead horse”: knowing when to let go

-“Putting your case to the witness” versus character assassination

-Lay witnesses and expert witnesses

14.15 – 15.10

Case scenarios and Q&A

15.10 – 15.25

Coffee break

15.25 – 15.55

Oral advocacy at the main hearing

-Orally pleading the case “through” witness examination: counsel perspectives, tribunal perspectives

-Closing statements and post-hearing briefs: transcripts, recency and the new emphasis on speed in rendering the award

15.55 – 16.50

Case scenarios and Q&A

16.50 – 17.00

Concluding remarks

The speakers will be announced shortly.

Date and venue

Conference: 28 June 2021

Training: 29 June 2021

Registration fees

Registrations will open shortly.

Special discounts 

Group rates: Register 5 persons from the same company and pay for four.

In-house Counsel, full time Academics and Government representatives may benefit from a 30% discount.

Students may benefit from a 50% discount.

ICC Members: please contact your National Committee to receive the discount code to access the member rate (20% reduction).

Please contact ICCGlobalEvents@iccwbo.org for more details.

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Credits, hours and points

This event is eligible for credits/hours/points before the French Bar. Please note that this is subject to validation of ICC Global Events’ application (or individual application, as necessary) to the afore mentioned Bar.

Further, ICC Global Events is a State Bar of California approved MCLE provider.

Please contact ICCGlobalEvents@iccwbo.org if you have any questions or would like further information.


The photos and audiovisual recordings taken at this meeting/event may be used and published by ICC, its subsidiaries or affiliates, for informational or promotional purposes in printed materials or online, including on ICC websites and in social media. Participation in the meeting/event implies agreement to such use of photos or audiovisual recordings in which the participant may appear unless ICC receives written notification to the contrary.

This conference offers you an unrivalled opportunity to maximise your visibility to international business practitioners, legal experts and academics.

Benefits Gold
€ 5 000
€ 3 000


€ 1 000

Invitation to participate as guest contributor on the ICC blog on a topic related to the event x . .
Testimonial quote on the event page  x . .
Reserved branded networking table on the event platform x . .
Company video announcement presented on the event platform x . .
Priority logo placement across all content x . .
Participants list available in priority  x . .
Complimentary Training entries  2 1 .
Advert included on the event platform homepage x x .
Company video featured during the event break x x .
Message in the news feed on the event platform homepage x x .
Rotating company banner included on the event platform x x .
Virtual exhibition profile on the event platform x x .
Logo on the event page x x x
Logo on event email sendouts x x x
Logo placement across the event platform x x x
Use of official event Sponsor logo x x x
30% discount on ICC e-publications x x x
All content to be approved by ICC
Benefits subject to change (equivalent substitute proposed)

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