7th Gary B. Born Essay Competition on International Arbitration, 2022 | CARTAL & IJAL, NLU Jodhpur | Prizes worth USD 775 | Submit by Oct 30

About NLU, Jodhpur

National Law University-Jodhpur (NLUJ) is one of India’s leading Law Schools situated at the vibrant and colourful city of Jodhpur, Rajasthan. Since its establishment in 1999, NLUJ has endeavoured to produce exceptional lawyers and legal scholars aimed at pushing and challenging the existing boundaries of knowledge. NLUJ attracts top quality students coming from diverse social, cultural, and religious backgrounds from all corners of India. Students passing out from NLUJ work in top law firms in India and abroad, some practice in courts and while some have entered the field of legal academics.


The Centre for Advanced Research and Training in Arbitration Law [“CARTAL”] is established by the University to promote research and scholarship in specialized fields of arbitration law. It seeks to empower students with a theoretical and practical understanding of arbitration law by providing a platform for academicians, professionals, and law students to interact and discuss contemporary issues in arbitration law.

About IJAL

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, with consistent focus on topics of global interest and relevance.

The journal serves as a platform for understanding existing trends as well as setting out new ideas. Each issue of IJAL covers topical developments as well as topics of permanent interest in the field of arbitration. IJAL endeavours to cover a wide range of subjects in the fields of international commercial arbitration and investment treaty arbitration. The journal also seeks to maintain a balance between practical and academic contributions and invites manuscripts from practitioners, academicians as well as law students. Each manuscript undergoes a rigorous three-stage blind review process conduced by the Board of Editors.

Abot the Competition

In keeping with previous years, CARTAL is organising the 7th Gary B. Born Essay Competition on International Arbitration [“Competition”] to encourage research and literature in international arbitration.

The Competition has the gracious support and patronage of Prof. Gary B. Born, who is the chair of the International Arbitration Practice Group of Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP. Prof. Born has participated as counsel in more than 675 international arbitrations, including four of the largest ICC arbitrations and several of the most significant ad hoc arbitrations in recent history.

He is widely regarded as the world’s preeminent authority on international arbitration, having been ranked for more than 20 years as one of the world’s leading international arbitration advocates and the leading arbitration practitioner in London.


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:

  • Harmonizing principles on joinder and consolidation: necessity or an issue taken
    too seriously?
  • Reconciling arbitration with insolvency proceedings and corporate restructuring
  • Third-party funding and disclosures 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 recognized university across the world.
  • Students who have completed an above-mentioned programme or their equivalent in 2021, and postgraduate students who are selected for and will be enrolled in any such programme for 2021-2022 are also eligible to participate.

How to Participate?

  • There is no registration fee for the competition.
  • To participate in the competition, interested students must e-mail a copy of their completed essays to [email protected] by October 30, 2022, 23:59 hours (Indian Standard Time, GMT +5:30). Late submissions shall not be accepted under any circumstances.
  • No part of the essay should contain any form of identification of the participant.

Submission 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 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, and
    • 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.


  • First Prize:
    • Cash prize of USD 400,
    • Letter of Appreciation from Prof. Gary B. Born,
    • Signed copy of a book authored by Prof. Born, and
    • An opportunity to be considered for publication in the next issue of IJAL.
  • Second Prize:
    • Cash prize of USD 250,
    • Letter of Appreciation from Prof. Gary B. Born,
    • 6-month subscription to Born’s International Arbitration Lectures, and
    • An opportunity to be considered for publication in the next issue of IJAL.
  • Third 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.



Submission Deadline

October 30, 2022, 23:59 hours (Indian Standard Time, GMT +5:30).

Contact Information

In case of queries, you can write to: [email protected].


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