6th Gary B. Born Essay Competition [Prizes worth $400]

About Indian Journal of Arbitration Law

The Indian Journal of Arbitration Law (“IJAL”) is a bi-annual, open-access journal, published by CARTAL. It is the leading Indian journal on arbitration law. While the ‘Indian’ in the name of the journal indicates the source of publication, the journal itself has consistently focussed on topics of global interest and relevance. IJAL has successfully published nine volumes and continues to host contributions from globally renowned experts


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:

 I.  Admissibility of Unlawfully Obtained Evidence in International Arbitration

 II.  Interface Between Data Protection Laws and International Arbitration

 III.  Arbitrating Environmental and Climate Change-Related Disputes


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 2021, and post graduate students who are selected for, and will be enrolled in any such programme for 2021-2022 are also eligible to participate.


To participate in the competition, interested students must e-mail a copy of their completed essays to editors@ijal.in by 2359 hours on October 20, 2021 (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.

1st PositionCash Prize of $250Letter of Appreciation from Prof. Gary B. BornSigned copy of a book authored by Prof. Gary B. BornOpportunity to be considered for publication in the next issue of IJAL
2nd PositionCash Prize of $125Letter of Appreciation from Prof. Gary B. Born6-month subscription to Born’s International Arbitration LecturesOpportunity to be considered for publication in the next issue of IJAL
3rd PositionCash Prize of $75Letter of Appreciation from Prof. Gary B. BornOpportunity to be considered for publication in the next issue of IJAL
Rules and 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:

–      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.
  • 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. 


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