Do the arbitrators permit or expect the students to present their arguments without interruption or do they ask questions during the argument?

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Do the arbitrators permit or expect the students to present their arguments without interruption or do they ask questions during the argument?

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Arbitrators who come from different legal systems tend to have different expectations. Those who come from a civil law background tend to ask fewer questions and to ask those questions at the end of a presentation by the advocate. Those who come from a common law background tend to ask questions from the beginning and sometimes do not allow the advocate to make a systematic argument at all. Whenever possible the panels of three arbitrators for each argument are composed of lawyers/law professors from both backgrounds. As a consequence, advocates must be prepared both to present a coherent reasoned argument without interruption and to have the entire period occupied by questions – or something in between.

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