Preparing witnesses before they testify
IILAT is pleased to announce that on 28 November 2022 at 17:00 (CET), it will provide a practical workshop on how to prepare witnesses for trials before international criminal courts and tribunals. The workshop will explore what practitioners can do to ensure that witnesses provide relevant, accurate and structured testimony. It will also explore the differences in approach when preparing vulnerable witnesses.
The workshop will be a hybrid event that takes place at the International Criminal Court and will be provided by:
Elizabeth Geddes - former US Federal Prosecutor who spearheaded the successful prosecution of R.Kelly in New York and is a founding partner of the law firm, Shihata and Geddes LLP - Read more >
Nicole Samson - Senior Trial Lawer with the Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court - Read more >
For this IILAT event, registration is required and places are limited. Participants requesting to attend in person will be selected on a first come first served basis and on the basis of their organisation to ensure balanced representation.
Register by 20 November 2022
(Participants selected to attend in-person will be notified on 24 November 2022)
The IILAT 2022 Debate
On 3 October 2022, IILAT held its annual debate which addressed a topic that has for years divided international legal practitioners from all sides of the courtroom: witness preparation.
An esteemed panel comprised of His Honour Judge Bertram Schmitt, Her Honour Judge Joanna Korner CMG KC; Ms. Brenda Hollis and Mr. Rodney Dixon KC debated whether "failing to prepare is preparing to fail?". The panel discussed the advantages and disadvantages of witness preparation in international criminal courts and tribunals. They also considered how witness preparation should be conducted in cases where it was permitted.
IILAT Workshop with Haitian Lawyers
On 9 September 2022, IILAT Directors Johann Soufi and Julian Elderfield led a workshop, facilitated by Avocat sans frontières Canada, with Haitian lawyers from the Bar Association of Haiti.
The interactive session focused on human rights violations in Haiti and potential legal avenues to accountability at the local and international level.
The IILAT Directors shared their views on the likelihood of a variety of mechanisms, including their pros and cons.
IILAT’s First Training the Trainers Course
From February 19-20, 2022, in collaboration with The Honorable Society of the Inner Temple, IILAT conducted an exclusive “Train the trainer” event at the International Criminal Court in The Hague titled: Advocacy in the international Courtroom.
The purpose of the training was to train six experienced lawyers and judges in the use of the Hampel method, a recognized and effective tool for teaching oral advocacy. Trainees came from three international jurisdictions in The Hague: the International Criminal Court (ICC), the Kosovo Specialized Chambers (KSC) and the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals (IRMCT).
Nine other lawyers were given the opportunity to act as Counsel during the training. The training was delivered by Her. Hon. Justice Joanna Korner CMG QC, Justice Martin Griffiths and Rehana Azib QC.
Previous trainings and events
3 October 2022 IILAT 2022 Debate 'Witness Preparation: is failing to prepare, preparing to fail?'
9 September 2022 Workshop with Haitian lawyers on potential legal avenues for accountability
(Organised in collaboration with Avocats sans frontières Canada)
25 June 2022 Joint Training on the Investigation and Prosecution of Core International Crimes
28 April 2022 Judicial Integrity: Strengthening Transparency and Trust in Justice
January-May 2022 Moot Court Coaching at the University of Paris-II (Panthéon Assas)
19-20 February 2022 IILAT 'Training the Trainers' Course
(Organised in collaboration with The Honourable Society of the Inner Temple)
16 November 2021 IILAT Online Debate 'The Secrets of Advocacy Before International
28-29 August 2021 IILAT Summer School 'Introduction to Advocacy before International
22 December 2020 "Advocacy and International Criminal Courts" at Bilkent University
28-29 September 2019 Annual advocacy mock trial, “The use of social media evidence in court"
(Organised in conjunction with OTP ICC and Bellingcat)
17 May 2018 Mock trial weekend in French (l'art de la plaidoirie devant les Tribunaux internationaux) at ICC (Co-organized with OTP ICC)
21 & 22 October 2017 Mock trial “Expert witness at the ICC” (Co-organized with the OTP ICC)
19 June 2017 Seminar "Effective advocacy: a view from the bench" at ICC
28 February 2017 Seminar "Advocacy and the use of telecommunication evidence" at ICC
30 November 2016 Training session in taking vulnerable witnesses and victims in Court at
ICC (Co-organized with the OTP ICC)
21 & 22 May 2016 Mock Trial Weekend with the UK Advocacy Training Council at ICC
4 & 5 July 2015 Mock Trial Weekend with the UK Advocacy Training Council at ICC
24 May 2015 Mock Trial Weekend with the UK Advocacy Training Council at ICC
17 June 2014 Seminar "Appellate Advocacy" at ICTY
24 May 2014 Dealing with argumentative & hostile witnesses" at ICTY / MICT
29 April 2014 Seminar "Motion & Application advocacy" at ICTY / MICT
29 March 2014 "Expert evidence and prior inconsistent statements" at ICTY
14 December 2013 Mock Trial at ICTY
26 November 2013 Mock Trial at ICTY
30 September 2013 Mock Trial at ICTY
29 July 2013 Seminar on "Tendering evidence"
29 & 30 June 2013 "Cross Examination" at ICTY
1st & 2nd June 2013 "Examination in chief" at ICTY
24 May 2013 ‘ The Art of Advocacy’ at STL