January 27, 2022

5th Gary B. Born Essay Competition by NLUJ: Submit by Sept 20 (Prizes Worth USD 450!)


CARTAL is organising the 5th Gary B. Born Essay Competition on International Arbitration (‘Competition’) to encourage research and literature in international arbitration. The Competition is organized with the support and patronage of Mr. Gary B. Born, and aims to encourage law students to explore forward-looking issues in international arbitration.


The themes of the fifth edition of the competition aim to foster research on some of the contemporary developments in international arbitration, and are listed below:

1. The Case for or against: Appellate Tribunals in Arbitration

2. The ‘Red Flag’ of Corruption in International Arbitration

3. Double Hatting in International Arbitration


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 2020, and post graduate students who are selected for, and will be enrolled in any such programme for 2020-2021 are also eligible to participate.


To participate in the competition, interested students must e-mail a copy of their completed essays to [email protected] by 23:59 hours on September 20, 2020 (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.


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 to be considered for 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 to be considered for 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 to be considered for publication in the next issue of IJAL.

The results of the Competition shall be announced in the last week of October 2020. 

Rules and Guidelines

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

Ø The essay must be original and bona fide work of the participant.
Ø The essay must be written in English.
Ø Footnotes must follow the Bluebook system of citation (Harvard, 20th edition).
Ø 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.


Email- [email protected]

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