About the Competition

And the winner is ...


Congratulations to Andrew Spierings  ,BCom/LLB Student at Monash University, winner of the 2018 CIArb Australia Essay Competition. Click here to read Andrew's paper.


In keeping with our policy in promoting and contributing to global arbitration scholarship, CIArb Australia is pleased to announce the launch of the 2018 CIArb Australia Essay Competition.

The topic for this year's essay is as follows:

"How is the public policy ground for setting aside an international arbitral award, or for refusing to enforce or recognise such an award interpreted and applied in Australia? Compare and contrast the Australian approach with that of at least one other model law country in the Asia Pacific region".


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 on 17 October at the No 35 Restaurant, Level 35, Sofitel Melbourne On Collins. The essay will also be  published on CIArb Australia's website and The CIArb Australia News.

The Closing Date for entries is Friday, 21 September 2018  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 Dr Stephen Lee, 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.