In light of COVID-19 travel restrictions, the ICCA and the American Inns of Court delivered the second virtual National Advocacy Training Programme via Zoom. The virtual course took place over 5 days, from Monday 20 – Friday 24 September. This was the seventh iteration of the joint programme, which usually takes place in Washington D.C.

The training, led by HHJ Joanna Korner CMG QC, covered Case Analysis, Opening and Closing Arguments, and the Direct and Cross Examination of both Prosecution and Defence Witnesses. 16 lawyers from various US states took part, and the Hampel method was used to review their performances. Using the Prosecutor v Rupert Hentzau case, which was amended for the training, the course was able to run as if it was a mock trial before the International Criminal Court.

To view the full trainer report, please follow the link below.

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Between 14 and 18 September 2020, the ICCA facilitated training for the American Inns of Court National Advocacy Training Programme (NATP) as requested by the American Inns of Court (“AIC”).

The training took the form of a mock trial. Our trainers were: HHJ James Burbidge QC, Mukul Chawla QC, Neil Chawla, Sarah Clarke QC, Paul Garlick QC, Mr Justice Martin Griffiths, Barnaby Hone, Tom Kark QC, HHJ Joanna Korner CMG QC (organiser), Ijeoma Omambala QC, HHJ Amanda Rippon, Andrew Smith QC, Sarah Whitehouse QC and the trainees were 24 lawyers from various US states.

This is the sixth year the programme has taken place. The regard in which it is held by the AIC is demonstrated by the fact that, notwithstanding the impossibility of holding the programme in Washington, (as a result of the Covid-19 restrictions), they were keen for it to go ahead as remote training via Zoom. Given the limitations of the “remote” method of training, the programme was a success and greatly appreciated by the participants. The technical aspects of the course went virtually without a hitch so that plenary sessions and break-out groups blended seamlessly. This was entirely due to Libby from (AIC) and Cara (ICCA) and the assistance of “alumni” from past NATP courses who were present in the group sessions.

For a full report on the training, please read HHJ Korner QC’s report dated 26 October 2020.

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