Call for Submissions: 5th Gary B. Born Essay Competition on International Arbitration

[Announcement on behalf of CARTAL]

The Centre for Advanced Training and Research in Arbitration Law (‘CARTAL) provides a platform for academicians, professionals and students to interact and discuss contemporary issues in arbitration law.  The mandate of the Centre is achieved by the organization of workshops, conferences and guest lectures to facilitate the understanding of such issues.  Details regarding CARTAL and its activities are available here.

About IJAL

The Indian Journal of Arbitration Law (‘IJAL’) is a bi-annual, open-access, student-run journal published by CARTAL.  IJAL is widely recognized as the leading Indian dispute resolution journal and an excellent source of reference in the field.  IJAL’s Board of Advisers consists of some of the preeminent authorities in international arbitration including Mr. Alexis Mourre, Prof. Emmanuel Gaillard, Prof. Gabrielle Kaufmann-Kohler, Mr. Gary B. Born, Prof. Martin Hunter, and Prof. W. Michael Reisman.  All the articles from IJAL’s archives can be accessed here.

About the competition

CARTAL is organising the 5th Gary B. Born Essay Competition on International Arbitration (‘Competition’) to encourage research and literature in international arbitration. The Competition is organized with the support and patronage of Mr. Gary B. Born and aims to encourage law students to explore forward-looking issues in international arbitration.


The themes of the fifth edition of the competition aim to foster research on some of the contemporary developments in international arbitration and are listed below:

1. The Case for or against: Appellate Tribunals in Arbitration

2. The ‘Red Flag’ of Corruption in International Arbitration

3. Double Hatting in International Arbitration


The competition is open to all students enrolled in an undergraduate or post graduate programme in law (B.C.L., J.D., LL.B., LL.M. or their local equivalent) in any recognised university across the world. Students who have completed an above-mentioned programme or their equivalent in 2020, and post graduate students who are selected for, and will be enrolled in any such programme for 2020-2021 are also eligible to participate.


To participate in the competition, interested students must e-mail a copy of their completed essays to [email protected] by 2359 hours on September 20, 2020 (Indian Standard Time, GMT +5:30). Late submissions shall not be accepted under any circumstances whatsoever. No part of the essay should contain any form of identification of the participant, and any such information, if detected, would lead to disqualification.


First Prize Cash prize of USD 250, Letter of Appreciation from Mr. Gary B. Born, Signed copy of a book authored by Mr. Born, and An opportunity to be considered for publication in the next issue of IJAL.
Second Prize Cash prize of USD 125, Letter of Appreciation from Mr. Gary B. Born, and An opportunity to be considered for publication in the next issue of IJAL.  
Third Prize Cash prize of USD 75, Letter of Appreciation from Mr. Gary B. Born, and An opportunity to be considered for publication in the next issue of IJAL.

The results of the Competition shall be announced in the last week of October 2020. 

Rules and Guidelines

Ø The essay must be submitted in Microsoft Word document format (.doc/.docx).

Ø The essay must contain an abstract, not exceeding 250 words. It must indicate the theme.

Ø A participant can submit an entry for one theme only.

Ø Co-authorship is not permitted.

Ø The word limit is 4500 – 6500 words including footnotes.

Ø The essay must be accompanied by a separate document containing the following:

–      Full name of the participant

–      Theme chosen

–      Participant’s current year of study and name of the degree pursued

–      Name and full address of the participant’s university 

–      Name and full postal address of the participant

–      Phone number of the participant

–      E-mail ID of the participant

Ø The essay must be original and bona fide work of the participant.

Ø The essay must be written in English.

Ø Footnotes must follow the Bluebook system of citation (Harvard, 20th edition).

Ø The essay should not be submitted for any other competition and/or for any other purposes.


For any communication in relation to the Competition, please send a mail to editors[at] 

For more details, please check out the brochure at

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