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6th Gary B. Born Essay Competition: Submit By Oct 20

About National Law University, Jodhpur
The National Law University, Jodhpur is one of India’s top law schools. It was established in 1999 as part of a vision of excellence in legal education through innovative methods of learning. The diverse student body consists of some of the most meritorious students from the country, selected on the basis of a competitive entrance examination. The teaching faculty comprises both young and experienced academicians who have received their education at leading universities in India, and have contributed to India’s growing body of legal academia.

About the Indian Journal of Arbitration Law

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

About the Opportunity

The Centre for Advanced Research and Training in Arbitration Law (CARTAL) and the Indian Journal of Arbitration Law (IJAL) is organizing the 6th Gary B. Born Essay Competition on International Arbitration, 2021.


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:

Admissibility of Unlawfully Obtained Evidence in International Arbitration
Interface Between Data Protection Laws and International Arbitration
Arbitrating Environmental and Climate Change-Related Disputes


The competition is open to all students enrolled in an undergraduate or postgraduate 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 postgraduate 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.

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 original and bonafide the 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.