Specialist advocacy training is a central part of a barrister’s professional education and continuing development. For generations, senior barristers have passed down their knowledge and expertise as common law advocates to pupil and junior barristers through the Inns of Court: Middle Temple, Inner Temple, Gray’s Inn and Lincoln’s Inn.

With the proliferation of international arbitration following the New York Convention, the demand for quality advocates has seen significant growth in civil law jurisdictions.

Historically, Arbitral Institutions in civil law jurisdictions have not always had direct access to the specialist advocacy training developed in the Inns of Court.

In 2012, the International Advocacy Academy (IAA) was founded by certified trainers of the Inns of Court to make the Bar’s specialist common law training accessible to all.


IAA provides first class advocacy training to arbitrators, advocates and expert witnesses around the world. Our bespoke courses, delivered by experienced barristers, effectively develop advocacy skills and enhance performance in international arbitration hearings.

Through advocacy training, our objective is to unify international arbitration, fostering dialogue between arbitral seats and facilitating the globalisation of individual advocates’ arbitration practices.

Our Difference

The adversarial advocacy of arbitration finds its roots in the common law tradition. IAA’s training draws upon the common law method and provides civil law practitioners with access to the same training as their counterparts in arbitral proceedings.

We deliver exceptional value through the international network of trainers, sponsors and expert witnesses who work together to develop and deliver our courses. Our engaging course materials, based on real cases, create the ideal learning environment.

Thanks to our sponsors, Berkeley Research Group, Ernst & Young and Haberman Ilett, we are able to offer trainees the unique opportunity to develop their skills with real expert witnesses, including qualified forensic accountants and valuation experts, who have a wealth of experience in both court and arbitration proceedings.