Earlier this month, The Inns of Court College of Advocacy, ICCA (formerly the ATC) undertook an advocacy training course for the EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) based in Brussels, Belgium. The ESA is essentially the European Free Trade Area (EFTA) equivalent of the EU Commission. Its advocacy covers the EU Courts in Luxembourg, the EFTA Court in Luxembourg, and the National Court of the EFTA Member States.
The training was led by Mr. Justice Dingemans, assisted by Robert O’Donoghue of Brick Court Chambers. Sir Konrad Schiemann, a former Court of Appeal and EU Court of Justice Judge, also assisted with judging the training of the ESA advocates. The advocacy training was extremely well received, with ESA immediately indicating a willingness to do something similar in future. For the ICCA it is gratifying that advocacy training at the Bar is seen overseas as a “gold standard” for international tribunals.