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Civil Law

This course consists of a blend of theory and practical exercises, for lawyers with limited knowledge or understanding of Romano-Germanic laws and procedures. Delivered by practitioners with expertise in both Common and Civil law, this training addresses the key features and legal concepts in criminal law and procedure in countries of Continental Law. It is specifically useful for advocates from Common Law countries who want to practice before Civil Law criminal jurisdictions or international courts with Civil Law features.

One of the focusses of this course is oral submissions in international courts with Civil Law features. Oral submissions in international(ised) courts and tribunals will typically follow a round of written submissions. The latter will be fully considered by the judges before the advocate appears before them. The judges expect a discussion on the key points of disagreement rather than a recitation of written briefs. The judges will ask questions. Dealing with questions from the a Civil Law bench is a skill in itself. There is a list of do’s and don’ts, and various strategies and techniques that can be employed to improve Civil Law oral argument.

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