2011 Georgetown/CPR International Arbitration Writing Contest
NEW! 2013 Contest Is Open!!  Details Below

Below are the winners of the first CPR-Georgetown International Arbitration Society writing contest. 

The winning entries were judged via a weighted analysis that considered the overall quality of the scholarship; the timeliness and general interest of their subject matter; the innovation and invention the analysis provides; the practical application of the conclusions, and whether the subject was clearly expressed. 

The task for contest entrants was to provide an “un-pre-empted discussion of a compelling and timely topic of the author's choosing concerning cases or other legal developments relating to international arbitration.”  The writing contest was open to students who were currently enrolled in a Georgetown University Law Center program (J.D., L.L.M., S.J.D., or international counterparts), as well as recent graduates of a Georgetown University law program.  Recent graduates must have earned a legal degree.

You may access the submissions below.

The winner of the 2011 contest is:

Solomon Ebere
“Summary Adjudication in Arbitration Proceedings: Is it Time for Arbitrators to Step Up and Start Hearing and Granting Dispositive Motions in Appropriate Circumstances?” >read article

SUMMARY:  Arbitrators have the power to dismiss cases.  But they rarely exercise it.  Why? Are they simply playing it too safe?  The winning article by Solomon Ebere article examines arbitrators’ authority to hear and grant dispositive motions under U.S. law and well-known arbitration rules. The article looks at the grounds for vacating awards, and how courts have reviewed summary disposition arbitration awards.  The article concludes with a focus on incorporating summary judgments—a distinctly United States litigation phenomenon-- into international arbitration proceedings.

The honorable mentions in this year’s contest are:
  1. Felipe Suescun de Roa, “Comments on the ICSID Award Saipem v. Bangladesh: Would its rationale be applicable in future cases?” >read article
  2. Jean-Baptiste Pessey, “When to Grant Security for Costs in International Commercial Arbitration: The Complex Quest for a Uniform Test” >read article
  3. Thor G. Imsdahl, “Quo Vadis? A Shifting Standard of Impartiality and Independence” >read article
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Details on the 2013 Contest:

2013 Georgetown International Arbitration Society/International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution International Arbitration Writing Contest.

Prize: Publication on the website of the International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution

Length: 1,000 - 3,000 words

Topic: Any hot topic in international arbitration.

Evaluation criteria: The winning entry should be well- written and clearly expressed.  It should include a timely discussion of an international arbitration topic of the author's choosing concerning cases, regulation, or other legal developments.  It may take the form of an op-ed commentary.

Submission details: The deadline is April 1, 2013 but entries may be accepted starting immediately. Entries must be sent to cprgeorgetownwritingcontest@cpradr.org.

Eligibility: This writing contest is open to students currently enrolled in a Georgetown University law program (J.D., L.L.M., S.J.D., or international counterparts), as well as recent graduates.

Note: If you intend to submit an entry, please email GIAS President Hilary Harris hlh28@law.georgetown.edu so that any further updates regarding the contest can be sent to you.

Questions? E-mail info@cpradr.org

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