About the Competition

In keeping with our policy in promoting and contributing to global arbitration scholarship, CIArb Australia is pleased to announce the launch of the CIArb Australia Essay Competition 2016.

This year’s essay topic is:

“(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.” Sundaresh Menon SC, Chief Justice of Singapore, “International Commercial Courts : Towards a Transnational System of Dispute Resolution” (Opening lecture for the DIFC Courts Lecture Series 2016 at para 14).

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 fulfill the aspiration of developing Australia as a dispute resolution hub.

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.

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.

The Closing Date for entries is Wednesday,  19 October 2016 at 5:00 pm.

All entries should be typed in a Word document and clearly identified, including the author’s name, contact details and university. Each entry should be sent by email to Gianna Totaro, CIArb Australia CEO at info@ciarb.net.au

The winning essay will be chosen by a judging panel of Australian arbitration practitioners headed by Damian Sturzaker, CIArb Australia Vice President. Competition stipulations:

  • 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.