20th Annual International Arbitration Day Conference

30 Mar - 31 Mar 2017

Marriott Hotel

Session information

Burden of proof and fact and expert witnesses: are they really helpful?
Marriott Hotel


Arbitration Committee (Lead)
European Regional Forum (Lead)


How much weight should arbitral tribunals give to fact and expert witnesses’ evidence? This session analyses whether or not a party’s burden of proof can be effectively discharged through the use of such witnesses. • Do arbitral tribunals trust witnesses more than State courts? If so, why? • Do arbitral tribunals trust witnesses they have not heard at the hearing? • Can arbitral tribunals decide on the merits without expert reports? • Should we review the form in which witness evidence is presented?

Session / Workshop Chair(s)

Michelangelo Cicogna De Berti Jacchia, Milan, Italy


Marco Lorefice Edison, Milan, Italy
Noiana Marigo Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, New York, New York, USA
Wendy Miles KC Twenty Essex, London, England; Vice Chair, Arbitration Committee
Professor Christophe Seraglini Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Paris, France
Alvin Yeo