Invitation to Participate: 6th Gary B. Born Essay Competition

[Announcement on behalf of the Indian Journal of Arbitration Law]

The Centre for Advanced Research and Training in Arbitration Law and Indian Journal of Arbitration Law are pleased to announce that they will be organizing the 6th Gary B. Born Essay Competition on International Arbitration, 2021.

About the Organizers

National Law University Jodhpur: The National Law University, Jodhpur [“University”] is one of India’s top law schools. It was established in 1999 as part of a vision of excellence in legal education through innovative methods of learning. The diverse student body consists of some of the most meritorious students from the country, selected based on a competitive entrance examination. The teaching faculty comprises both young and experienced academicians who have received their education at leading universities in India and have contributed to India’s growing body of legal academia.

Centre for Advanced Research and Training in Arbitration Law: The Centre for Advanced Research and Training in Arbitration Law [“CARTAL”] is established by the University to promote research and scholarship in specialized fields of arbitration law. It seeks to empower students with a theoretical and practical understanding of arbitration law by providing a platform for academicians, professionals, and law students to interact and discuss contemporary issues in arbitration law. The mandate of CARTAL is achieved by the organization of workshops, certificate courses and guest lectures to facilitate the understanding of such issues.

CARTAL also organizes the reputed annual Gary B. Born Essay Competition on International Arbitration and the annual CARTAL Conference on International Arbitration. For further information, please see the report of the previous (fifth) edition of the conference, available here.

Indian Journal of Arbitration Law: The Indian Journal of Arbitration Law [“IJAL”] is a bi-annual, open-access journal, published by CARTAL. It is the leading Indian journal on arbitration law. While the ‘Indian’ in the name of the journal indicates the source of publication, the journal itself has consistently focussed on topics of global interest and relevance. IJAL has successfully published nine volumes and continues to host contributions from globally renowned experts. All the articles from the journal’s archives are available here. It is also available on Kluwer Arbitration, HeinOnline, WestLaw, and SCC Online.

IJAL’s Board of Advisers comprises some of the preeminent authorities in international arbitration, including Prof. Gary B. Born, Mr. Alexis Mourre, Mr. Fali Sam Nariman, Prof. Gabrielle Kaufmann-Kohler, Prof. Loukas Mistelis, Prof. Martin Hunter, Prof. W. Michael Reisman, Prof. Laxmi Jambholkar, Mr. Pramod Nair, and Mr. S.K. Dholakia.

For more information, please visit our website ( or write to us at [email protected].

About the 6th Gary B. Born Essay Competition

The Gary B. Born Essay Competition on International Arbitration encourages law students to explore forward-looking issues in international arbitration. In 2020, CARTAL successfully conducted the 5th edition of the Gary B. Born Essay Competition on International Arbitration.

In keeping with previous years, CARTAL is organizing the 6th Gary B. Born Essay Competition on International Arbitration [“Competition”] to encourage research and literature in international arbitration. The Competition has the gracious support and patronage of Prof. Gary B. Born, who is the chair of the International Arbitration Practice Group of Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP. Prof. Born has participated as counsel in more than 675 international arbitrations, including four of the largest ICC arbitrations and several of the most significant ad hoc arbitrations in recent history. He is widely regarded as the world’s preeminent authority on international arbitration, having been ranked for more than 20 years as one of the world’s leading international arbitration advocates and the leading arbitration practitioner in London.

The themes of the sixth edition of the competition aim to foster research on some of the contemporary developments in international arbitration and are listed hereunder.

Themes of the Competition

The themes for this year’s competition are provided below: –

  1. Admissibility of Unlawfully Obtained Evidence in International Arbitration
  2. Interface Between Data Protection Laws and International Arbitration
  3. Arbitrating Environmental and Climate Change-Related Disputes

Guidelines of the Competition

To participate in the competition, essays must be sent to [email protected] by 23:59 hours on November 3, 2021 (Indian Standard Time, GMT +5:30). The competition is open to all law students across the globe. Further details regarding rules, detailed guidelines, and prizes are available at:

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