Student Writing Competition Rules



The 2019/20 Chartered Institute of Arbitrators New York Branch Writing Competition (“Competition”) is a scholarly writing competition open to students engaged in the full-time study of law within the territory of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators New York Branch (“CIArb NY Branch”), as described below. Participation consists of the submission, in accordance with these Rules, of a scholarly article equivalent in scope and quality to a law review student note on a topic of the student’s choice directly related to international commercial or investor/state arbitration. There will be no financial charge to participate in the competition.


The Competition is open only to 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., anywhere in the States of New York, New Jersey or Connecticut). Participants must represent that they meet the foregoing qualification at the time of submission of the article. 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.

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

  • Be completely independent work of the participant and be original;
  • Identify the author only on a cover page with no information other than the name and contact information of the author;
  • Be on a topic materially related to international commercial or investment arbitration;
  • Be in 14-point Times New Roman (TNR), double-spaced for main text and 12-point TNR, single-spaced for footnotes;
  • Have sequentially numbered footnotes, and no endnotes; 
  • Be submitted in MS Word;
  • Be not less than 3,000 words nor longer than 6,000 words, including all footnotes;
  • Submit all citations in compliance with Blue Book form;
  • Be submitted, uploaded with a completed registration form found only on the CIArb NY Branch website (the “Website”), and be received in that manner no later than 11:59 p.m. on February 4, 2020;
  • Be and remain unpublished and unsubmitted for publication as of November 30, 2020, unless released for publication sooner by the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (“Chartered Institute” or “Institute”);
  • Be available for publication by the Chartered Institute as set forth below.


The results of the Competition will be announced in April 2020. Awards will only be made for articles that are judged to be 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 award, each award recipient must: (a) agree that the Chartered Institute shall have the option, but not the obligation, to publish their article, subject to any publisher’s edits; (b) submit the article to the Chartered Institute, pursuant to the Institute’s instructions, for publication in a Chartered Institute publication of the Institute’s choice; and (c) be solely responsible for all taxes applicable to such award.

At the time of submission, the article must be unpublished and unsubmitted for publication in any other publication. Any publication permitted by the Chartered Institute or following the period in which Chartered Institute permission is required shall include an appropriate legend pre-approved by the Chartered Institute or by the CIArb NY Branch, stating the relationship between the article and the Competition.


The Competition will be administered by a Competition Organizing Committee (the “Committee”) consisting of CIArb NY Branch members. The Committee will appoint a panel of CIArb NY Branch members to serve as judges for the Competition. The scoring of the judges will be final subject only to verification by the Committee of the judges’ compliance with the Rules. The Committee will have discretion to replace any judge who, in the Committee’s judgment, for scheduling or other reasons, is unable to perform his/her duties in a timely manner.

The Committee, at its discretion, may revise these Rules and publish such revised Rules on the Website. Decisions made by the Committee shall be final, binding and non-appealable.

The CIArb NY Branch, at its discretion, may publish on the Website the titles of the winning articles, the names and law school affiliations of the authors, and the prizes awarded.

In the event of any discrepancy between these Rules and any other communication, including the announcement of the Competition dated August 19, 2020, these Rules shall govern.

Date: August 20, 2019


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