The ICCA has, for many years, delivered a range of advocacy training to advocates in jurisdictions overseas, responding to invitations extended by local Bar associations, law societies and other professional organisations.
All ICCA trainers offer their time on a pro bono basis. We are grateful to the barristers and judges who carry out this training on our behalf who have each been accredited by their own Inn of Court to train advocates at the highest levels in England and Wales.
The ICCA, as required by its constitution, is committed to assisting overseas Bars – particularly in the developing world – with improving standards of advocacy training to help maintain the rule of law. Our international work is overseen by our International Committee.
We have conducted or participated in advocacy training programmes in many overseas jurisdictions, including Hong Kong , India, Pakistan, South Africa, Australia, Bermuda, Ireland, Dubai, Zimbabwe, Poland, Sierra Leone as well as the International Criminal Court and the United Nations. These courses usually last 2-3 days and, particularly when repeated, show remarkable results in raising confidence and standards of advocacy and assisting local Bars to establish their advocacy training faculties.
To ensure these projects are of solid and lasting benefit to the overseas Bar, we take a ‘seed corn’ approach, ensuring they work alongside local members of the legal profession to develop and implement their own advocacy training provision and methods. We follow a method of training which has been used throughout the common law world for many years. It bears the name of Professor George Hampel AM QC. To find out more about the Method, click here.
Our trainers provide their time on a voluntary basis, they do not accept payment for the time they spend preparing for and attending the training programmes.
For the majority of our training programmes, the ICCA requires that all costs of the trainers’ attendance are met; this includes the cost of travel, accommodation, vaccinations, visas and any necessary expenses.
We do have a limited budget to assist with funding in jurisdictions where self-funding is more difficult. Should contribution to the costs be sought by the host jurisdiction, the extent of this contribution will be agreed with the host before the training begins. Funding is provided where the programme proposed has a realistic prospect of promoting or improving the rule of law.
The ICCA work in close partnership with ROLE UK to support Department for International Development (DFID) priority countries. Our work with ROLE UK enables us to develop longer term projects with host countries to further promote and improve the rule of law.