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Singapore Management University, Administration Building (Level 4, Function Rooms 4.1 & 4.2) - 81 Vi (map)

No. of Public CPD Points: 1.5

Practice Area: Professional Skills

Training Level: General


Dispute resolution lawyers are familiar with the purpose of opening statements and closing submissions. In litigation and arbitration, an opening statement serves to provide the court or arbitral tribunal with an overview of a party’s case, by reference to the evidence to be presented before the court or arbitral tribunal, the construction of the evidence, and the party’s case theory. A closing submission provides the lawyer with the final platform to draw together the separate strands of both facts and law to form the “tapestry of reasons for the court or the tribunal to justify the conclusions the lawyer wishes to advocate”. In mediation, what purpose does a case statement serve? This seminar, organised by the Publications Committee, explores mediation competency and considers how an awareness of the science behind mediation provides dispute resolution lawyers with fresh structures and tools for ADR/mediation.

The second half of this seminar will include an interesting segment on “rhetorical appeals”. Over 2,500 years ago, Aristotle, the Greek rhetorician and philosopher, outlined an art of crafting persuasive legal cases. In his still relevant book The Rhetoric, he describes how plaintiffs and defendants can rely on nothing other than language to mould their own characters, to move judges’ emotions, and to make logical arguments. These three strategies are collectively known as the “rhetorical appeals.” In this seminar, you will learn about these appeals, look at examples from ancient Greek court cases, and learn how to craft your own ethical, emotional, and logical appeals.  


Lim Tat – Managing Partner, Aequitas Law LLP

Dr Mark Brantner - Senior Lecturer, University Scholars Programme, National University of Singapore

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