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 2017 CIArb Australia Essay Competition.

The Asia Pacific has the world's highest concentration of countries that have implemented the UNCITRAL Model Law, and in  recent years there has been increasing comity in international arbitration decisions by the region's courts. The common theme in the region is that courts should not interfere with international arbitration except in limited circumstances. Consider the impact that this “intervention light” approach has on the arbitral parties and the development of arbitration jurisprudence.

In considering this topic, authors may wish to consider an aspect arising from the following recent decisions of regional courts: “bare” arbitration clauses (e.g. K.V.C. Rice Intertrade Co Ltd v Asian Mineral Resources Pte Ltd [2017] SGHC 32); arbitration clauses in unexecuted agreements (BCY v BCZ [2016] SGHC 249); stays of legal proceedings (e.g. Samsung C&T Corporation v Duro Felbuera Australia Pty Ltd [2016] WASC 193); William Lim & anor v Hung Ka Hai Clement [2016] HKCFI 1439; HCA 1282/2016); challenges to awards and enforcement (e.g. Sun Tian Gang v Hong Kong & China Gas (Jilin) Ltd [2016] HKEC 2128); and development of the common law (e.g. Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd Bailii Lecture – 9 March 2016).  Authors should not however feel confined to specifically discuss any of the above cases, and can support the exploration of the topic by reference to any materials they consider appropriate.

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, who may be  members and non members of CIArb.

The winning author will be announced and awarded $1,000 AUD at the CIArb Australia Annual Gala Dinner to be held at the MCA, Sydney on 7 October. The essay will also be  published on CIArb Australia's website and The CIArb Australia News.

The Closing Date for entries is Thursday,  14 September  at 5:00 pm (AEST).

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 James Healy, 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.