Call for Entries: Second Edition of the Young ICCA Essay Competition Accepting Submissions

What is the Young ICCA Essay Competition? 


The Young ICCA Essay Competition is a biennial competition organized by Young ICCA, with the support of ICCA, open to all practitioners and students below the age of 40. The Competition furthers the mission of Young ICCA to open the doors of international arbitration to talented young practitioners, and to give them a platform to showcase their written advocacy skills.


For the second edition, we invite you to give a reasoned answer to the title question, taking into account the additional information in the précis:


Title: “Will AI fundamentally disrupt international arbitration as a practice and as a profession for young lawyers?”


Précis: Many expect that AI will have a fundamental impact on the practice of international arbitration.  However, the precise ways in which that impact will be felt and by whom are not yet certain.  We invite participants to explore the ways in which AI might impact the practice of arbitration, and affect the careers of younger practitioners, for better or worse.


The winner of the Competition will be awarded a speaking slot at the prestigious ICCA Congress in Hong Kong and the winning essay will be published in the ICCA Congress Series. The winner will also receive a Congress registration fee waiver and a reasonable contribution towards travel to the Congress venue and hotel accommodation during the Congress.


To enter the Young ICCA Essay Competition, please submit your entry of no more than 3,000 words (not including footnotes) by 3 December 2023


Key submission requirements:


  • Deadline: 3 December 2023.
  • Word count: no more than 3000 words (not including footnotes).
  • Entries are collected through a submission form that is available on the dedicated webpage.
  • Participants may only submit one entry, which must be original work. Co-authored works will be declined.
  • Submissions are to be written in the English language.
  • Open to all practitioners and students under the age of 40 at the date of entering the competition.
  • Entries must be fully anonymised.
  • You need not be a member of Young ICCA to participate, but we encourage you to apply for membership and become part of the world’s leading arbitration knowledge and skills network for young practitioners.


If you have any questions about the Young ICCA Essay Competition, you can email the Young ICCA Editorial Co-Directors at


See the Terms & Conditions for entry and more information on how to apply here


Advisory Board (2024 Prize)

  • Maxi Scherer
  • Stavros Brekoulakis 
  • Eduardo Goncalves
  • Hi-Taek Shin
  • Yoshimi Ohara