IILAT SUMMER SCHOOL 2021 CONCLUDES
The IILAT Summer School 2021, titled 'Introduction to Advocacy before International Criminal Tribunals' was held online on the weekend of 28-29 August 2021. The summer school was free of charge.
18 participants were selected from more than 120 applications from across the world and 16 eventually completed the programme and were awarded the IILAT Summer School certificate. Participants were selected on the basis of their Curriculum Vitae and motivation letter, taking into account also a balanced gender and geographical representation.
The participants were nationals of the following countries: Czech Republic, Afghanistan, Georgia, Malaysia, Dominican Republic, Algeria/France, UK/Germany, Australia, Norway, Trinidad and Tobago, Armenia, Uganda, Nigeria/UK, Slovenia, Italy and Cameroon/Netherlands.
The programme of the summer school focused on two key advocacy skills: delivering an opening statement and examining a witness. The participants practiced these skills, using a fictional case scenario Prosecutor v. Darth Vader, simulating the procedure before the ICC. The participants were guided by a faculty of six trainers - experienced advocates in litigation before international criminal courts and tribunals. IILAT ensured the diversity of views by inviting trainers who have worked as prosecutors, defence counsel and judicial officers.
During the practical exercises the trainers employed the renowned Hampel Technique. This technique requires practitioners to perform a particular advocacy skill in a simulated courtroom environment and in a strict time-frame. Trainers then observe the performance and identify a single aspect of the performance that could be improved or remedied. By focusing on a single issue and by explaining how, where and why improvement can be made, participants are best able to absorb the information.
IILAT trainers in the 2021 Summer School were: Horejah Bala-Gaye (Trial Lawyer, ICC), Sarah Bafadhel (Defence Counsel, ICC/STL/IRMCT/ICTY), Pubudu Sachithanandan (Trial Lawyer, ICC), Michaela Wagner (Legal Officer, ICC), Paul Bradfield (Prosecutor in Ireland, previously at ICC/ICTY/ICTR) and Claire Henderson (Trial Lawyer, ICC).
The programme of the Summer School included two side events, open to all Summer School applicants who were short-listed in the selection process. Both events attracted an audience of approximately 40 persons each.
IILAT Summer School 2021
All timings CET (Central European Time) – Hague/Berlin/Paris
DAY ONE: Saturday, 28 August 2021
10.00 - 11.00 Welcome and introductions of trainers and participants
11.00 - 11.45 Advocacy before International Tribunals (Delivered by Kamran Choudhry)
11.45 – 12.00 Break
12.00 – 13.00 Opening Statements: Presentation, Demonstration, Q&A (Delivered by Sarah Bafadhel)
13.00 – 13.45 Main Break
13.45 Move into breakout rooms
13.45 – 14.30 Preparation for the Practice Session (Trainers available for consultation)
14.30 – 16.30 Practice Session: Delivering an opening statement
16.30 Move to the main session
16.30 – 16.45 Break
16.45 – 17.00 Recap of Day One
17.30 – 19.00 SIDE EVENT
Panel discussion on advocacy before international courts and tribunals
DAY TWO: Sunday, 29 August 2021
09.45 – 10.00 Welcome
10.00 – 11.00 Examination of Witnesses: Presentation, Demonstration, Q&A (Delivered by
11.00 Move into breakout rooms
11.00 – 12.00 Preparation for the Practice Session (Trainers available for Consultation)
12.00 – 13.00 Main Break
13.00 – 15.00 Practice Session: Examining a Witness
15.00 Move to main session
15.00 – 15.15 Break
15.15 – 16.00 Recap of Day Two and Closing Ceremony
16.00 – 17.00 SIDE EVENT
Securing an internship/job at international criminal courts and tribunals tips to
maximize your chances (Delivered by Johann Soufi)