Transnational Arbitration

#YoungITATalks Prague

‘Can You Handle the Truth?’ Witness Preparation and Cross-Questioning in International Arbitration in CEE and Beyond

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17:30 CEST (Prague/Budapest/Vienna) – 19:30 CEST / 10:30 – 12:30 (CT)

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Presented by Young ITA and the Young Czech Arbitration Professionals (YCAP)

Can you remember the training montage (preparation for hearings), the subsequent courtroom scenes and the iconic cross-questioning of Colonel Jessup from the legal drama A Few Good Men? We will cover these aspects of international arbitration proceedings – witness preparation and cross-questioning – in a lively discussion, with the Faculty examining challenging issues and providing practical insights and anecdotes from the perspective of counsel, arbitrators, the academia and, of course, the (expert) witnesses themselves, from both civil and common law perspectives.

Details for connecting will be sent shortly after you register and again before the event. If you have any queries, please email Cecilia Flores Rueda.

#YoungITATalks is a series of virtual events presented around the world, featuring talks, workshops or interviews that cover a wide range of subjects relating to arbitration. The #YoungITATalks series is designed for education, conversation and sharing knowledge and experiences among young practitioners.

This event is presented tuition-free. 


17:25 CEST / 10:25am CT Login

17:30 CEST / 10:30am CT Welcome

17:35 CEST / 10:35am CT Introductory remarks

17:40 CEST / 10:40am CT Discussion

The panelists will cover inter alia best practices in witness preparation in view of the respective rules and standards in different jurisdictions, the differing approaches to the preparation for cross-examination and expert examination, cross-examination tips and tricks, the human factor and more, also reflecting on real life experiences.



  • Michael Howe, Counsel, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP, London
  • Leon Kopecký, Partner, Schönherr, Vienna
  • Mária Poláková, Partner, Squire Patton Boggs, Prague
  • Jiří Urban, Director, CEE Dispute Advisory Services Leader, KPMG, Prague
  • Dr. Reinmar Wolff, Professor, University of Marburg (Germany), Vice President of the German Arbitration Institute (DIS)

19:15 CEST / 12:30pm CT Adjourn

About the Presenters

Dr. Viktor Előd Cserép
Young ITA CEE Chair
Senior Associate, PROVARIS Varga and Partners

Viktor Előd Cserép is Young ITA’s Central and Eastern Europe Chair, a Senior Associate at PROVARIS Varga and Partners in Budapest specializing in dispute resolution and a doctoral candidate at the University of Vienna (international arbitration). Viktor has regularly served as assistant to the presiding arbitrator in high-profile international arbitrations and counsel in arbitration, setting aside and complex cross-border commercial litigation proceedings and advised clients in multiple industry sectors (including several construction disputes concerning contracts based on FIDIC Books) and languages (English, German and Hungarian). Viktor also teaches private international law, international economic law and contract law in the European and International Business Law LL.M. and regular degree programs of Eötvös Loránd University Budapest.

Kristína Bartošková
YCAP Co-Founder
Senior Associate
Baker & McKenzie

Kristína Bartošková is a senior dual-qualified (Czech & Slovak) attorney-at-law heading Baker & McKenzie’s International Commercial & Trade Department in Prague. She is focusing on commercial law and dispute resolution matters, advising clients on all aspects of international commercial law including international trade, distribution and agency agreements, franchising, advertising and consumer protection, while regularly representing clients in both court and arbitration proceedings. She has served as an arbitrator at the Arbitration Court attached to the Economic Chamber and Agricultural Chamber. Kristína is the Co-Founder of the Young Czech Arbitration Professionals (YCAP).

Michael Howe
Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP

Michael Howe's practice focuses on complex arbitration and litigation matters. He has represented clients in numerous institutional and ad hoc arbitrations under a wide variety of arbitral rules, including LCIA, ICC, ICDR, UNCITRAL and DIAC. Michael has a particular focus on international commercial arbitration. He has represented clients from a broad range of industries, with a particular focus on energy, natural resources, manufacturing, financial services and construction. In addition to his arbitration practice, Michael has a significant litigation practice. A qualified solicitor-advocate, he has represented clients in high-stakes commercial litigation before the English courts and in court proceedings relating to arbitration, including before the UK Supreme Court and courts of other Commonwealth jurisdictions.

Leon Kopecký

Leon Kopecký is a partner with Schoenherr where he specializes in dispute resolution. He is experienced in international commercial and investment arbitrations, litigations, and investigations. He was lead advocate in Grot v. Moldova, the first ICSID hearing to be held in Vienna, Austria. Leon acted in numerous highly publicised commercial arbitrations, including CEAC vs. Montenegro (UNCITRAL), and Dardafon vs. PTK (ICC, London High Court), which helped earn the practice the award for "international arbitration practice that impressed the most in the past year". His focus is on advising clients in complex, multi-jurisdictional disputes in Central, Eastern, and South-Eastern Europe and in the CIS region, often in arbitrations under bilateral investment treaties. Leon has been called a "stand-out lawyer" and "tremendous advocate."

Mária Poláková
Squire Patton Boggs

Mária Poláková is a partner with the Prague office of Squire Patton Boggs. Her practice centers on the representation of sovereign states in investor-state arbitration. She also has significant experience in international commercial arbitration, primarily in the sectors of energy and construction, as well as in assessments of potential investment claims. Former co-chair of Young ICCA, Maria now chairs Delos-Y, the young platform of Delos, the innovative arbitration court established in Paris.

Jiří Urban
CEE Dispute Advisory Services Leader

With over 19 years of experience in forensic services, Jiří primarily focuses on dispute advisory to parties involved in litigation or investment arbitration, where his experience spans from the initial assessment of the claims, preparation of expert reports and critical review of opposing experts’ work to assistance in document production and hearing attendance. He has worked with legal counsel for claimants or respondent states in Central Europe, the Balkans and the Commonwealth of Independent States. In respect of KPMG expert reports, Jiří regularly testifies in Court. Jiří has also taken part in other kinds of forensic projects, such as fraud investigations and reviews related to the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), where he has liaised with external and internal legal counsel and clients’ representatives, analyzed evidence, supervised project teams, and drafted investigation reports.

Dr. Reinmar Wolff
Professor, University of Marburg (Germany)
Vice President of the German Arbitration Institute (DIS)

Reinmar Wolff is an Assistant Professor at the University of Marburg (Germany) and a practicing lawyer who regularly sits as an arbitrator in both institutional and ad hoc proceedings. He has extensively published; his treatises on arbitration include primers on arbitration in Germany (2006 and 2016), a commentary on the New York Convention (second edition 2019) and a study on Germany as an arbitration venue (forthcoming 2022). Reinmar is the Chairman of the German Red Cross Federal Arbitral Tribunal, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb), Vice President of the German Arbitration Institute (DIS) and a member of the ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR. He has been appointed to the Working Group of the Federal Ministry of Justice for the Review of the German Arbitration Law.

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