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. 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.

Where We Train

IAA delivers advocacy training, as well as educational lectures, to Arbitral Institutions and public bodies worldwide, including:

• Association Internationale des Jeunes Avocats (AIJA) – Basel, London
• Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) – London, Dubai, Kuala Lumpur
• Venice Chamber of Commerce
• Frankfurt University
• Young Arbitration Club (YAC) – Helsinki
• Bocconi University – Milan
• German Arbitration Institute (DIS) – Berlin
• Milan Chamber of Commerce (CAM) – Milan, Rome
• Inns of Court College of Advocacy (ICCA) – London
• Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC)

Advocacy International Group

Historically, Arbitral Institutions in civil law jurisdictions have not always had direct access to the specialist advocacy training developed in the Inns of Court. IAA operates on a not-for-profit basis and works with Arbitral Institutions to deliver this expert knowledge to the institution’s members. Any surplus funds from IAA activities are donated to Advocacy International Group’s charitable arm, the International Advocacy Foundation (IAF), which grants scholarships to trainees and supports advocacy training through grants to other non-profit entities, such as the Inns of Court in London.

We are also able to offer training courses to private clients, such as law firms, through International Advocacy Consulting (IAC).