6th Gary B. Born Essay Competition on International Arbitration 2021

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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 on the basis of 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.


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

 I.  Admissibility of Unlawfully Obtained Evidence in International Arbitration

 II.  Interface Between Data Protection Laws and International Arbitration

 III.  Arbitrating Environmental and Climate Change-Related Disputes


The competition is open to all students enrolled in an undergraduate or postgraduate program in law (B.C.L., J.D., LL.B., LL.M., or their local equivalent) in any recognized university across the world. Students who have completed an above-mentioned program or their equivalent in 2021 and postgraduate students who are selected for, and will be enrolled in any such program for 2021-2022 are also eligible to participate.


To participate in the competition, interested students must e-mail a copy of their completed essays to editors@ijal.in by 2359 hours on October 20, 2021 (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.


1st PositionCash Prize of $250Letter of Appreciation from Prof. Gary B. BornSigned copy of a book authored by Prof. Gary B. BornOpportunity to be considered for publication in the next issue of IJAL
2nd PositionCash Prize of $125Letter of Appreciation from Prof. Gary B. Born6-month subscription to Born’s International Arbitration LecturesOpportunity to be considered for publication in the next issue of IJAL
3rd PositionCash Prize of $75Letter of Appreciation from Prof. Gary B. BornOpportunity to be considered for publication in the next issue of IJAL

Rules and Guidelines

  • The essay must be submitted in Microsoft Word document format (.doc/.docx).
  • The essay must contain an abstract, not exceeding 250 words. It must indicate the theme.
  • A participant can submit an entry for one theme only.
  • Co-authorship is not permitted.
  • The word limit is 4500 – 6500 words including footnotes.
  • 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

  • The essay must be original and bona fide work of the participant.
  • The essay must be written in English.
  • Footnotes must follow the Bluebook system of citation (Harvard, 20th edition).
  • The essay should not be submitted for any other competition and/or for any other purposes. 

Please find the brochure with detailed themes and other rules here.