Cross-Examination in International Arbitration – November 5, 2010

Vienna, Austria 5 November 2010

Platinum Sponsor

With the Support of
International Arbitral Centre of the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber

Young Austrian Arbitration Practitioners (YAAP)

The Austrian Arbitration Association


This conference will bring together a group of some of the best known and experienced practitioners in the field of international arbitration, both advocates and arbitrators, to discuss, and then demonstrate, how to cross-examine witnesses in an international arbitration. The program will make it clear that not all international arbitrations are the same.

Guidelines, tactics, techniques, ideas and advice to be followed or at least considered in conducting Cross-Examination will be Discussed, Analyzed and Demonstrated, such as:

  • Cross-Examination under Tight Time Limits
  • Cross-Examination before Civil Law Arbitrators
  • Preparing for Cross-Examination without Discovery
  • Witness Preparation and the Conduct of International Arbitrations
  • Written Witness Statements and Live Witnesses – When Paper comes to Life
  • When Civil Law and Common Law Procedure Meet
  • And More!

For the newer entrant to international arbitration, the conference will be a source of learning, for the experienced, it will server as a refresher of advocacy skills. Anyone who attends this conference will benefit in better understanding and appreciating the nuances and process of successful Cross Examination in International Arbitration. It will serve to make everyone attending a more effective cross-examiner, regardless of prior experience.

Conference Program Scenario and Format

The two morning sessions, will consist of, first, presentations on the essential elements and principles of an effective cross-examination. The second portion of the morning session will consist of a panel discussion on various aspects of cross-examination, such as cross-examining under time pressure, questioning witnesses through an interpreter, cross-examining expert witnesses and even the use of intuition in cross-examination.

The faculty in the morning session will consist both of contributors to the recently published book, “Take the Witness: Cross-Examination in International Arbitration” (Juris Net 2010) and others. A copy of this book will be given to conference attendees.

The afternoon session will consist of actual cross-examinations by two skilled international arbitration practitioners. These unrehearsed, unprogrammed examinations will be of the same witness, a spokesperson for the claimant in a mock arbitration proceeding concerning which both cross-examining lawyers (and all others present) will have background information provided to them. The second cross-examiner will be out of the room while the first lawyer conducts his or her cross-examination before a tribunal of experienced international arbitrators. The second cross examiner will then conduct an examination of the first witness, using what ever style or approach he or she considers appropriate.

Thereafter, the tribunal members, a panel of commentators and the members of the audience (as well as a panel of experts) will present comments concerning the effectiveness of their cross-examinations. Also, the lawyers who conducted the cross-examinations will provide explanations as to their strategies and tactics in taking the approaches they did in their cross-examinations and the extent to which their objectives were achieved.


The registration fee is $750.00 USD ($475.00 USD for full-time academics, government employees, and in-house corporate counsel.)

See the registration page for the registration form and online registration.

Fee includes: Written course materials, a copy of Take the Witness: Cross Examination In International Arbitration (Lawrence W. Newman and Ben H. Sheppard Jr., editors, a $125.00 value), refreshments at breaks, luncheon and a drinks reception following the program. The fee does not include accommodations.

For full-time students with current ID only contact Juris Conferences at for current rate.

Our Financial Aid policy is available here.

This program has been approved in accordance with the requirements of the New York State Continuing Legal Education Board for transitional and non-transitional credit (for both newly-admitted and experienced attorneys) for 7 CLE credit hours in the Areas of Professional Practice.

For other jurisdictions, upon request, Juris Conferences will provide a general certificate of attendance which can be used to make an individual application for credit. This request can be made at the seminar itself, and the certificate will be mailed after the seminar.


Grand Hotel Wien
Kaerntener Ring 9
A – 1010 Vienna


Rooms have been blocked for the nights of 4 November 2010 through 6 November 2010 at the Grand Hotel Wien, Kaerntener Ring 9, A – 1010 Vienna, Austria at a rate of €210,00 through €250,00 per night (depending on room type) that includes all applicable taxes and fees.

Reservation must be received by 4 October 2010 to receive the preferred conference rate. After 4 October 2010 rooms can be booked at conference rates based upon hotel availability. All arrangements are between the registrant and the hotel.

Hotel Contact Information:

Katharina Wladarsch, Banquet and Conference Executive
Grand Hotel Wien, Kaerntener Ring 9, A – 1010 Vienna, Austria

Tel: +43-1-515-80-735 Fax: +43-1-515-13-14

Hotel Registration Form Click Here Web:

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