CARTAL is conducting the 4th edition of the Gary B. Born Essay Competition on International Arbitration. In that regard, we are calling for submissions from students studying in India and across the globe with the submission deadline being 23:59 hrs on October 12, 2019 (IST GMT + 5:30).


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

We are pleased to announce the 4th Gary B. Born Essay Writing Competition on International Arbitration, 2019 (‘the Competition’), organized with the support and patronage of Mr. Gary B. Born.  The Competition, like its previous editions, is conceived to encourage law students to write about forward looking issues in International Arbitration.


1.    Making India an ‘Arbitration Hub’: Issues and Implications

2.    Settling into a post-Achmea Europe

3.    Mandatory Arbitration Policies for Employment Disputes


The Competition is open to all students enrolled in an undergraduate or post-graduate program in law in any recognized university across the world.


Submission Guidelines

To participate in the competition, interested students must e-mail a copy of their completed essays to by 23:59 hours on October 12, 2019 (Indian Standard Time, GMT+5:30).

The participants may note that late submissions shall not be accepted under any circumstances.  No part of the essay should contain any form of identification of the participant, and any such information, if detected, would lead to disqualification.  Participants must confirm to the following guidelines:

  • 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 penalized.
  • The essay must be accompanied by a separate document containing the following information about the participant:

o   Full name of the participant

o   Theme chosen

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

o   Name and full address of the participant’s university 

o   Name and full postal address of the participant

o   Phone number of the participant

o   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 organizers from and against all claims, suits and damages based on any claim of copyright infringement or plagiarism or unauthorized 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 organizers.
  • The essay must be written in English.
  • Footnotes must follow The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (Harvard, 20th Edition).


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 of 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 of 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 of publication in the next issue of IJAL.



For any communication in relation to the Competition, please send a mail to

Gary Born Essay Competition [2019]

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