Kachwaha & Partners is a dispute resolution specialist firm regarded as a leading practice in arbitrations in India. Sumeet Kachwaha, the founder has over 43 years of standing in the profession. He has served in various leadership roles in global organizations, including as Chair of the Dispute Resolution and Arbitration Committee, Inter-Pacific Bar Association (IPBA), and Vice President of APRAG (Asia Pacific Regional Arbitration Group).

Over the years the firm has represented clients from all corners of the world. The firm’s clientele includes multinationals, embassies, and sovereign wealth funds. The firm is committed to bringing the highest level of professional service to its clients along with integrity and sound ethical practices.

About Arb Excel

To stimulate interest and foster growth in arbitration jurisprudence, Kachwaha and Partners organize an all-India article writing competition on arbitrations for students. This competition hopes to ignite interest; nurture talent and help shape future thought leaders in the field of arbitration.

India aspires to be a center for arbitrations. Considering the critical role of arbitrations in dispute resolution (be it domestic; cross-border – commercial or treaty driven) it is in the national interest for Indian and Indian practitioners to engage themselves and excel in this field.

We hope that our students participate enthusiastically, not only in this competition but generally in the field of arbitrations as a dispute resolution mechanism. A unique feature of the competition is that participants have the free choice to pick a topic of interest in the field of arbitration.

Submission Guidelines

  • All submissions should be made in electronic form at akhushu@kaplegal.com
  • The participants are required to submit two separate attachments. Attachment 1 should contain the following documents:
  • Proof of author having met the eligibility criteria in Para I above (e.g. college identity card; certificate from the Head of Institute).
  • Self-declaration by the participant that the work submitted is original in all respects.
  • Self-certificate that the work has not yet been published or otherwise put in the public domain.
  • The article should be submitted as Attachment 2 in a word format along with the following documents in the sequence mentioned below:
    • page 1 – title page
    • page 2 – short extract/summary of the article
  • The title page should have the following details: article title, author’s name, contact particulars college name and address, and email id for future correspondence.
  • The summary / short extract should not exceed 250 words (which would not be counted in the word limit for the main article).
  • The coordinator will within five working days acknowledge receipt of the article. If you do not receive an acknowledgement, please contact the coordinator.

Word Limit and Formatting Guidelines

  • Article length should be between 3500 – 4500 words (excluding footnotes).
  • The article should be submitted in word format only.
  • The article and extract should be written in 12 pt. calibre font with a 1-inch margin on all sides, 1.5 paragraph spacing, and a footer numbering pages as “page x of y”.
  • Footnotes should be on the same page. Authors should not use supra, infra, or ibid and should give full reference of the citation/ authority/ reference, etc. wherever applicable.
  • Avoid extensive footnotes or extensive quotations. Reference or paraphrasing of thoughts and ideas from standard works are acceptable without quotations, provided they are duly acknowledged in footnotes or otherwise as may be suitable.

Registration Details

There are no registration fees and registration is automatic at the time of receipt of the article as per the Rules.

Awards and Rewards

There are a total of 9 prizes (in the form of cash, book prizes and certificate) as follows:

  • 1st prize – Rs. 1 lakh
  • 2nd prize – Rs. 75,000/-
  • 3rd prize – Rs. 50,000/-
  • Finalists – three prizes of Rs. 10,000/- each and a book prize worth Rs. 10,000/- each.
  • “Honourable mentions – three prizes of Rs. 10,000/- each.
  • Winning authors will have the option to have their articles published on Monday.

Submission Deadline

The last date for submission is 1st March 2023 and the results of the competition will be declared on 30th June 2023.

Contact Information

Queries can be addressed to the Program Coordinator, Ms Ankit Khushu at akhushu@kaplegal.com

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