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 – and not all witnesses – are the same.

It will follow the launch of the 2019 Second Edition of Take the Witness: Cross-examination in International Arbitration. All conference attendees will receive a free copy of Take the Witness: Cross-Examination in International Arbitration. This work, first published in 2010, has been widely praised and features insights from leading practitioners worldwide. It has provided a framework for numerous past interactive seminars on cross-examination, and we are excited to present this latest seminar in the Hamburg, Germany.

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:

  • Fundamentals of cross-examination.
  • Cross-examination before international tribunals.
  • Experienced international arbitrators’ views of the effectiveness of cross-examination.
  • Dealing with “impeachment” issues (faulty memory, bias, contradictory testimony).
  • Cross-examination before civil law arbitrators.
  • The differences between cross-examining fact witnesses and cross-examining expert witnesses.
  • Handling written witness statements and effectively cross-examining on them.
  • How to influence and persuade arbitrators – what works, what doesn’t.
  • Using documents effectively.

For the newer entrant to international arbitration, the conference will be a source of learning, for the experienced, it will serve as a refresher of advocacy skills. Participants will benefit from better understanding and appreciating the nuances and process of successful cross-examination in international arbitration. Knowledge gained at this conference will serve to render participants more effective cross-examiners, regardless of prior experience.


The Chamber of Commerce of the city state of Hamburg, Germany was founded in 1665. It is a driving force behind Hamburg’s economy, representing approximately 160,000 companies. Nestled in the heart of Hamburg’s bustling downtown area, abutting the cities impressive City Hall, the Handelskammer provides counsel to business organizations, defends their interests, and focuses on educational initiatives.

For further information, view the Chamber of Commerce’s website.

Chamber of Commerce (Handelskammer, Hamburg)
Adolphsplatz 1
20457 Hamburg

  • Event Details
  • Location: Hamburg
  • Start Date: 06/09/2019 9:00 am
  • End Date: 06/09/2019 6:00 pm
  • ArbitralWomen Participation: Anke Sessler