CIArb Australia Essay Competition for Lawyers and Law Students

CIArb Australia is delighted to invite applications for the CIArb Australia Essay Competition for 2016 round. This competition is open to lawyers or students of law schools. The winning contestants will be granted $1,000. To apply, entries must be submitted no later than 12 October 2016.

Scholarship Description
The CIArb Australia Essay Competition is now open. To participate in the competition, candidates must write an essay on the following topic:

“(A)rbitration, by its very nature, cannot provide a complete solution to propel the vessel of global commerce forward. Arbitration was conceived as an ad hoc, consensual, convenient and confidential method of resolving disputes. It was not designed to provide an authoritative and legitimate superstructure to facilitate global commerce. It cannot, on its own, adequately address such things as the harmonisation of substantive commercial laws, practices, and ethics.”

Please discuss. Your discussion of the above topic should reflect on what approach should be adopted by Australia towards the resolution of cross-border disputes, in order to fulfil the aspiration of developing Australia as a dispute resolution hub.

Award Value
The winning author will be announced and awarded $1,000 AUD at the CIArb Australia Annual Gala Dinner on 22 November in Sydney and the essay published on the website and The CIArb Australia News.

Level and Area of Studies
Lawyers and law school students are welcome to apply.

Place of Study: Not specified.

Eligibility and Criteria
Entries are invited from students studying a Bachelor, Juris Doctor or Masters level law degree at the date the entry is submitted. The competition is also open to lawyers in their first five years of practice, and members and non-members of CIArb.

Application Instruction

  • Entries must not exceed 3,500 words (including footnotes).
  • Entries must be the original and sole work of the entrant.
  • All entries will be acknowledged but will not be returned and the organisers will accept no responsibility for the safekeeping of essays.
  • All entries will be anonymised before submission to the judging panel.
  • CIArb Australia reserves the right to publish any part of any essay submitted for the competition.

Submission Deadline
12 October 2016.

Website and Application Link

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