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7th Gary B. Born Essay Competition on International Arbitration, 2022

The Centre for Advanced Research & Training in Arbitration Law (CARTA) at NLU Jodhpur is going to organize the 7th Gary B. Born Essay Competition on International Arbitration, 2022.

About the Competition:
In keeping with previous years, CARTAL is organising the 7th Gary B. Born Essay Competition on International Arbitration 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 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 the above-mentioned programme or their equivalent in 2021, and post graduate students who are selected for and will be enrolled in any such programme for 2021-22 are also eligible to participate.

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:

  • Harmonising principles on joinder and consolidation: necessity or an issue taken too seriously?
  • Reconciling arbitration with insolvency proceedings and corporate restructuring
  • Third-party funding and disclosures in international arbitration.

Submission 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 information about the participant:
    • 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, and
    • Email 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.

How to Participate?

  • There is no registration fee for the competition.
  • To participate in the competition, interested students must e-mail a copy of their completed essays to by 30th October, 2022, 23:59 hours (Indian Standard Time, GMT +5:30). Late submissions shall not be accepted under any circumstances.
  • No part of the essay should contain any form of identification of the participant.

Submission Deadline:
The last date for submission is 30th October, 2022, 23:59 hours (IST, GMT +5:30).


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