2019/20 International Arbitration Writing Competition Winner Announcement

March 30, 2020

The CIArb NY Branch is pleased to announce that Lim Siyang Lucas is the winner of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators New York Branch 2019/20 International Arbitration Writing Competition. 

This marks the second year that the New York Branch has held a student writing competition, which it plans to hold annually as a Spring semester event open to full-time students at law schools located in the CIArb NY Branch territory consisting of the States of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.

Mr. Lucas’ article was selected by a distinguished panel of judges comprised of arbitrators Jennifer Kirby of KIRBY, Daniel Schimmel of Foley Hoag LLP, and Marc J. Goldstein of MJG Arbitration & Mediation, each of whom is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute and member of the New York Branch.

A cash prize of $5000 is being awarded to Mr. Lucas, an LLM student at New York University School of Law (Class of 2020), for his article, “Rules of Procedure and the Blurred Lines of the 1958 New York Convention.”  Mr. Lucas’ article tackles the problems that can arise under Article III of the Convention, which calls upon Contracting States to enforce arbitral awards in accordance with their own ‘rules of procedure.’  Describing his piece as “thoughtful and rigorous,” the judges commended Mr. Lucas for suggesting “a way forward that is as practical as it is innovative.”

In addition to being awarded a cash prize, Mr. Lucas’ article will be considered for potential inclusion in a forthcoming Chartered Institute publication.

The CIArb NY Branch thanks all students who submitted articles and the competition judges for the generous contribution of their time.

The Competition Committee
Richard L. Mattiaccio, FCIArb., C.Arb. , NY Branch Chair
Stephanie Cohen, FCIArb, NY Branch Vice Chair

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The New York Branch of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators is pleased to announce the CIArb NY Branch International Arbitration Student Article Competition (the “Competition”). The Competition is open only to qualified law students (see below).  It will award up to 3 cash honoraria for the best publishable articles in the area of international arbitration.


The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (the “Institute”), a hundred-year-old Royal Chartered charity in the United Kingdom, is an international organization devoted to promoting excellence in the practice and profession of alternative dispute resolution. Globally and from its London headquarters, the Institute provides education and training for arbitrators, mediators and adjudicators. It also acts as a global hub for practitioners, policy makers, academics and the business community. The Institute supports the global promotion, facilitation and development of all ADR methods.

The Institute offers a range of resources including guidance, advice, networking and promotional opportunities, as well as facilities for hearings, meetings and other events. The Institute offers free student membership and has an active Young Members Group (YMG).  See www.ciarb.org.

The Institute’s growing membership of 16,000 is based across 133 countries and supported by an international network of 39 branches. One of those branches, the CIArb NY Branch, a not-for-profit corporation whose territory consists of the States of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, is the sponsor of this Competition. The membership of the CIArb NY Branch includes many of the leading arbitrators, mediators, academics and practicing attorneys in the Branch’s territory. The CIArb NY Branch sponsors, in addition to this Competition, conferences, networking events and educational courses (including an annual one-week course on international arbitration) and supports local YMG events.  

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To be eligible for submission to the Competition, an article must:

be scholarly and on a topic of the participant’s choice related to international commercial or investment arbitration;

be in English and otherwise comply with Competition format requirements;

be no less than 3000 words and no longer than 6000 words, including all footnotes;

• be received with completed registration form at ciarbny.org no later than February 4, 2020;

• be and remain unpublished and not submitted for publication as of the submission date and through the prize announcement and through November 30, 2020;

• be available for publication by the Chartered Institute as set forth below.

The Competition is open to all JD, LLM and JSD students who are enrolled full-time for the 2019/20 academic year at any ABA-accredited law school located in the CIArb NY Branch’s territory (i.e., in New York State, New Jersey or Connecticut). Participants must submit evidence that they meet the foregoing qualifications before receiving any honorarium. 

Each participant must work independently in the research, drafting, revision and editing of the participant’s submission, and the work product must be original. Participants may submit only one article and may compete in only one Competition. All participants must comply with all Competition rules and deadlines. If any application is submitted in an incomplete or untimely manner, the submission will not be accepted for consideration in the Competition. There is no financial charge to participate in the Competition.

The judges for each Competition will be CIArb Fellows selected by the CIArb NY Branch. The decision of the judges will be final, binding and not subject to reconsideration or appeal of any kind. Scoring will not be disclosed for any reason. The results of the Competition will be announced in April 2020. Awards will only be made for articles judged to be scholarly and of publishable quality. If a sufficient number of publishable articles are deemed by the judges to have been submitted, awards will be made for the top three articles, as follows:

First prize: $5,000

Second prize: $3,000

Third prize: $2,000.

As a condition of receiving any such honorarium, each prize winner must: (i) agree that the Institute shall have the option, but not the obligation, to publish the winner’s article, subject to any publisher’s edits, (ii) submit the article to the Institute, pursuant to the Institute’s instructions, for inclusion in a publication of the Institute’s choice, and (iii) be responsible for all taxes on such honorarium. In order to be eligible for consideration for publication by the Institute, the article must be, at the time of submission and through November 30, 2020, unpublished and not submitted for publication elsewhere. Any other publication of the article shall include an appropriate legend pre-approved by the Institute or the CIArb NY Branch, stating the relationship between the article and the Competition.

New York, New York
August 19, 2019