Workshop on The Art of Advocacy in International arbitration and Vietnamese context 

Duration: 8.00 am – 5.20 pm, 8 May 2023.

Venue: Caravelle Saigon, 19-23 Lam Son Square, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Format: Hybrid event

9.00 am – 10.00 am Introduction
 Speaker: Mr. Luong Van Trung
a. Legal background of international arbitration

i. Arbitration Agreement

ii. Role players and their duties and powers

b. Procedural stages in international arbitration

i. Commencement

ii. Written submissions

iii. Evidence: Standards of admissibility, Documentary evidence & production of documents, Witness statements, Form of witness testimony

10.00 am – 11.00 am Witness preparation 
– Speaker: Ms. Jae Hee Suh
i. Why preparation?

ii. Different approaches and ethical issues

iii. The Dos and Don’ts

11.00 am – 12.00 pm Pre-hearing 
– Speaker: Ms. Charis Tan
i. Distinction between pre-hearing submission and memorials

ii. List of issues and summary of parties’ submissions

12.00 am – 1.30 pm Lunch Break
1.30 pm – 2.10 pm Opening Statements
 – Speaker: Ms. Koh Swee Yen 
i. Opening statements structure and preparation

ii. Skeleton argument vs presentation slides

iii. Visual aids & other technology issues

2.10 pm – 3.40 pm Cross Examination 
Speakers: Mr. Chou Sean Yu & Tony Nguyen
i. Decision-maker

ii. Multi-culturalism and different styles

iii. Evidence: expert witness vs factual witness

iv. Limitations on time and possibility to surprise a witness

v. Basic principles of cross-examination

vi. Cross-examination in the context of Vietnam

3.40 pm – 3.55 pm Tea Break
3.55 pm – 4.25 pm Re-examination and tribunal’s intervention 
– Speaker: Dr. Colin Ong KC
i. Why re-exam?

ii. Principles and decision-making

iii. Tribunal’s questions

4.15 pm – 4.25 pm Hot-tubing (expert witnesses)
   – Speakers: Mr. Matthew Finn & Tigran Ter Martirosian
4.25 pm – 5.05 pm Closing statement: Oral vs. Written 
  – Speaker: Ms. Amanda Lees
5.05 pm – 5.20 pm Closing remarks 
  – Speaker: Mr. Tony Nguyen
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Amanda Lees

Amanda Lees
King & Wood Mallesons

Charis Tan

Charis Tan
Peter & Kim

Chou Sean Yu

Chou Sean Yu
Wong Partnership

Colin Ong KC

Colin Ong KC
Dr. Colin Ong Legal Services

Jae Hee Suh

Jae Hee Suh
Allen & Overy LLP

Matthew Finn

Matthew Finn

Swee Yen KoH

Swee Yen KoH
Wong Partnership

Tigran Ter Martirosian

Tigran Ter Martirosian

Laywer Nguyen Trung Nam

Tony Nguyen

Luong Van Trung

Trung Luong