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2nd RGNUL Arbitration Essay Writing Competition, 2023

Centre for Alternative Dispute Resolution, RGNUL in collaboration with Centre for Trade and Investment Law (CTIL) would like to announce the opening of registration for the 2nd RGNUL Arbitration Essay Writing Competition 2023!

2nd RGNUL Arbitration Essay Writing Competition, 2023
2nd RGNUL Arbitration Essay Writing Competition, 2023


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About the event

About the Organizers

The Centre for Alternative Dispute Resolution at RGNUL, Punjab, has been established to promote students’ and researchers’ interest in Alternative Dispute Resolution constituting dispute resolution methods like Arbitration, Negotiation, Mediation and Conciliation. CADR endeavours to promote and develop ADR as a vehicle of socio-economic and political justice. The ultimate objective of the Centre is to strengthen the ADR mechanism in the country by emerging as a platform for students to further their interests in the field. A strong team of teachers and students is working towards achieving this end.

About Centre for Trade and Investment Law

The Centre for Trade and Investment Law (CTIL) was established in 2016 by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India, at the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT). The Centre’s primary objective is to provide sound and rigorous analysis of legal issues pertaining to international trade and investment law to the Government of India and other governmental agencies and to create a dedicated pool of legal experts who could provide technical inputs for enhancing India's participation in international trade and investment negotiations and dispute settlement.

Proposed Dates

Opening of Registration - 4th September 2023

Last date to submit the Final Draft (submit here) – 7th October 2023

Declaration of Results – 21st November 2023


With the successful completion of the 1st iteration of the Arbitration Essay Writing Competition, held in collaboration with the Australian Disputes Centre, Sydney, we at CADR are all set to get the ball rolling with the 2nd edition of the competition. Last year, we received an overwhelming response, with enthusiastic participation from law students and professionals alike, which solidified the position of this competition as a premier platform for aspiring legal minds to showcase their talent, engage in intellectual discourse, and gain recognition within the legal community.

The intent of Essay writing competition is to provide young writers a platform to test their adroitness for writing and an opportunity to explore a wide range of challenging and interesting questions beyond the routine college curriculum. The students are expected to analyze and suggest ways and means to establish a stronger and newer version of ADR practices around the world. The organizers aim to promote the art of legal research and writing, while also contributing to a larger cause of shaping the forthcoming ADR world.

Eligibility and Registration

The Competition shall be open to the students who are pursuing their B.A. LLB/ LLM/ PhD/ MPhil or any other Undergraduate or Masters courses (other than Law) in any university across the world. Registration fee will be ₹100 for a single author and ₹150 in total for co-authors.


In order to participate in the Competition, participants must submit a final draft which must be between 1500 and 2500 words, on the themes mentioned below, along with the receipt of  payment of registration fee. The entries will then be reviewed by the Editorial Board, which will declare the results in consultation with the CTIL. Winners will be announced after the double blind peer review process is completed. Tentative prizes:

Top 3 author(s) to be provided with an opportunity to intern with CTIL and the winner to be given ₹10,000.

Top 10 entries will be considered for publication on the CADR-RGNUL website & CTIL website under the category of 'Honorable Mention'.

Certificate of Merit to top 10 entries under various themes.

Participation Certificates (Digital) to all the participants.


Commercial Arbitral Awards as Investments in Investment Treaty Arbitrations.

Bilateral Investment Treaties (BITs) vs. Investment Chapters in Free Trade Agreements (FTAs).

Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) Mechanisms.

Sovereign Wealth Funds (SWFs) and Foreign Investment.

Participation of Amicus Curiae in Investment Treaty Arbitrations.

(Note - The aforementioned themes are entirely suggestive in nature and the authors are free to write on any contemporary issue involving Investment Arbitration).

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For any queries, please email us at or contact the undersigned.

Ms. Chamundeswari Pemmasani: +91 97981 23567

Ms. Aishwarya Singh Vishnoi: +91 94143 38954

Mr. Ribhu Sehgal: +91 98100 50757

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