As required by its constitution, the ICCA has, for many years, delivered a range of advocacy training to assist overseas Bars, particularly in Common Law jurisdictions in the developing world, to improve standards of advocacy training and professional ethics in order to help maintain the rule of law.
All such training is consistent with the ICCA’s Strategic Plan and the ICCA’s Teaching and Learning Strategy. This work is overseen by our International Committee.
The ICCA International Committee is chaired by Christopher Melton KC. It brings together senior advocates from each of the Inns of Court and Circuits, as well as the Young Bar Committee, the Bar Council International Committee (BCIC), the Dean of the ICCA and up to four other appointed members – all of whom will have an interest in international advocacy training.
Its role includes prioritising requests for overseas advocacy training, co-ordinating responses and drawing together appropriate teams of trainers, identifying and creating training materials, and seeking additional sources of funding. The International Committee adopts a ‘seed-corn’ approach by working alongside local members of the legal profession to develop and implement their own advocacy training provision and methods. Some training focuses on specific examples of advocacy, such as the treatment of vulnerable witnesses, the cross-examination of expert witnesses and most recently, the training of advocates, whose first language is not English, by using interpreters.
All ICCA trainers offer their time generously on a pro bono basis. Reasonable expenses are covered including flights and accommodation if delivering training overseas.