September 17, 2021

IJAL’s 5th Gary B. Born Essay Competition: Submit by Sep 20 (Free Participation)

About the Institute

The Indian Journal of Arbitration Law (IJAL) is a biannual, open-access, student-reviewed journal published by the Centre for Advanced Research and Training in Arbitration Law at National Law University, Jodhpur. IJAL is widely recognized as the leading Indian dispute resolution journal and an excellent source of reference in the field.

About the Competition

Indian Journal of Arbitration Law is organizing the 5th Gary B. Born Essay Competition on International Arbitration 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 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 2020 and postgraduate students who are selected for, and will be enrolled in any such program for 2020-2021 are also eligible to participate.

Submission Deadlines

To participate in the competition, interested students must e-mail a copy of their completed essays to [email protected]


  1. The last date for submission is September 20, 2020, 23:59 hours (Indian Standard Time, GMT +5:30).
  2. The results of the Competition shall be announced in the last week of October 2020.


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

Guidelines Details

  1. The essay must be submitted in Microsoft Word document format (.doc/.docx).
  2. The essay must contain an abstract, not exceeding 250 words. It must indicate the theme.
  3. A participant can submit an entry for one theme only.
  4. Co-authorship is not permitted.
  5. The word limit is 4500 – 6500 words including footnotes.
  6. The essay must be original and bonafide work of the participant.
  7. The essay must be written in English.
  8. Footnotes must follow the Bluebook system of citation (Harvard, 20th edition).
  9. The essay should not be submitted for any other competition and/or for any other purposes.

The essay must be accompanied by a separate document containing the following:

  1. Full name of the participant
  2. Theme chosen
  3. Participant’s current year of study and name of the degree pursued
  4. Name and full address of the participant’s university
  5. Name and full postal address of the participant
  6. Phone number of the participant
  7. E-mail ID of the participant

Contact Information

Email ID: [email protected] or [email protected]

The official website link is given here.

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