About National Law University, Jodhpur

The National Law University, Jodhpur [“University”] is one of India’s top law schools. It was established in 1999 as part of a vision of excellence in legal education through innovative methods of learning.


The Centre for Advanced Research and Training in Arbitration Law [“CARTAL”] is established by the University to promote research and scholarship in specialized fields of arbitration law. It seeks to empower students with a theoretical and practical understanding of arbitration law by providing a platform for academicians, professionals and law students to interact and discuss contemporary issues in arbitration law. The mandate of CARTAL is achieved by the organization of workshops, certificate courses and guest lectures to facilitate the understanding of such issues.

About IJAL

The Indian Journal of Arbitration Law (“IJAL”) is a bi-annual, open-access journal, published by CARTAL. It is the leading Indian journal on arbitration law. IJAL has successfully published nine volumes and continues to host contributions from globally renowned experts. All the articles from the journal’s archives are available here. It is also available on Kluwer Arbitration, HeinOnline, WestLaw, and SCC Online.

About the competition

The Gary B. Born Essay Competition on International Arbitration encourages law students to
explore forward-looking issues in international arbitration. In keeping with previous years, CARTAL is organising the 6th Gary B. Born Essay Competition on International Arbitration [“Competition”] to encourage research and literature in international arbitration.


  • Admissibility of Unlawfully Obtained Evidence in International Arbitration
  • Interface Between Data Protection Laws and International Arbitration
  • Arbitrating Environmental and Climate Change-Related Disputes

Rules of the competition

  • There is no registration fee for the competition.
  • The competition is open to all students enrolled in an undergraduate or post graduate programme in law (B.C.L., J.D., LL.B., LL.M. or their local equivalent) in any recognised university across the world. Students who have completed an above-mentioned programme or their equivalent in 2021, and post graduate students who are selected for and will be enrolled in any such programme for 2021-2022 are also eligible to participate.
  • To participate in the competition, interested students must e-mail a copy of their completed essays to editors@ijal.in by November 3, 2021, 23:59 hours (Indian Standard Time, GMT +5:30). Late submissions shall not be accepted under any circumstances.
  • No part of the essay should contain any form of identification of the participant.

Submission Guidelines

  • The essay must be submitted in Microsoft Word document format (.doc/.docx).
  • The essay must contain an abstract, not exceeding 250 words. It must indicate the theme.
  • A participant can submit an entry for one theme only. Co-authorship is not permitted.
  • The word limit is 4500–6500 words including footnotes.
  • The essay must be accompanied by a separate document containing the following information about the participant:
    1. full name of the participant
    2. theme chosen,
    3. participant’s current year of study and name of the degree pursued
    4. name and full address of the participant’s university
    5. name and full postal address of the participant
    6. phone number of the participant
    7. e-mail id of the participant.
  • The essay must be original and bona fide work of the participant.
  • The essay must be written in English.
  • Footnotes must follow the Bluebook system of citation (Harvard, 20th edition).
  • The essay should not be submitted for any other competition and/or for any other purposes.


First Prize − Cash prize of USD 250,

  • Letter of Appreciation from Prof. Gary B. Born,
  • Signed copy of a book authored by Prof. Born,
  • An opportunity to be considered for publication in the next issue of IJAL.

Second Prize − Cash prize of USD 125,

  • Letter of Appreciation from Prof. Gary B. Born,
  • 6-month subscription to Born’s International Arbitration Lectures, and
  • An opportunity to be considered for publication in the next issue of IJAL.

Third Prize − Cash prize of USD 75,

  • Letter of Appreciation from Prof. Gary B. Born, and
  • An opportunity to be considered for publication in the next issue of IJAL.

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