Call for Papers: The 2nd Gary B. Born Essay Competition on International Arbitration, 2017

The Indian Journal of Arbitration Law (IJAL) and the Centre for Advanced Research and Training in Arbitration Law (CARTAL) are pleased to announce the 2nd Gary B. Born Essay Writing Competition on International Arbitration, 2017.

The Indian Journal of Arbitration Law (‘IJAL’) is a bi-annual, open-access, student-run journal published by the Centre for Advanced Research and Training in Arbitration Law (CARTAL). IJAL is widely recognized as the leading Indian dispute resolution journal and an excellent source of reference in the field.

The Centre for Advanced Research & Training in Arbitration Law (CARTAL) is one of the various centres set up by National Law University, Jodhpur to promote research and scholarship in specialized fields of law. CARTAL seeks to empower students with a theoretical and practical understanding of arbitration.

i. Due process ‘paranoia’ in international arbitration
ii. Reforming ICSID arbitration: challenges and the way forward
iii. Internationally mandatory rules and the enforcement of arbitration agreements

ABOUT THE ESSAY COMPETITION: The essay competition has been conceived to encourage law students to explore forward-looking issues in international arbitration. In 2016, CARTAL successfully conducted the 1st edition of the Gary B. Born Essay Competition on the themes of prospects of a bilateral arbitration treaty, desirability of arbitration of public law claims, and a ten year review of the UNCITRAL Model Law on International Arbitration. The themes of the second edition of the competition aim to foster research on some of the contemporary developments in international arbitration. Due process ‘paranoia’ is now emerging as a significant concern among scholars in international arbitration. Under this theme, participants may examine issues including but not limited to, the use and misuse of due process, the blurring of the line between procedure and the excessive notions of due process, and potential implications of this excessive attention to process.


  •  There is no registration fee for the competition.
  • 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 2017, and post graduate students who are selected for, and will be enrolled in any such programme for 2017-2018 are also eligible to participate.
  • To participate in the competition, interested students must e-mail a copy of their completed essays to by 2359 hours on August 31, 2017 (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.


  • The essay must be submitted in Microsoft Word document format (.doc/.docx).
  • The essay must contain an Abstract, not exceeding 250 words. The abstract must indicate the theme chosen.
  • A participant can submit an entry for one theme only.
  • Co-authorship is not permitted.
  • The word limit is 4500 – 6500 words including footnotes. Essays exceeding the maximum word limit will be penalised.
  • 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
  • E-mail ID of the participant
  • The essay must be original and bona fide work of the participant.
  • By entering the competition, the participants agree to indemnify the organisers from and against all claims, suits and damages based on any claim of copyright infringement or plagiarism or unauthorised use.
  • The essay shall be considered to be property of NLUJ, which reserves the right of publication of the same in any book, journal, or in any other manner as it may deem appropriate, without providing any royalty or compensation.
  • The essay should not be submitted for any other competition and/or for any other purposes. Any further publication after declaration of results shall only be pursued after express permission from the organisers.
  • The essay must be written in English.
  • Footnotes must follow The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (Harvard, 20th Edition).

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