The Young ICCA Essay Competition furthers Young ICCA's mission to open the doors of international arbitration to talented young practitioners, and to give them a platform to showcase their written advocacy skills.
Submit your essay to win a speaking slot at the ICCA Hong Kong Congress and have your essay published in the ICCA Congress Series.
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.
Submissions for the second edition of the Young ICCA Essay Competition are now closed.
Key submission requirements:
- Deadline: 3 December 2023.
- Word count: no more than 3000 words (not including footnotes).
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
1. The Young ICCA Essay Competition (the "Competition") is a biennial competition organized by Young ICCA, under the coordination and with the support of ICCA. The Competition is organized every two years and consists of an essay competition, in which participants take a position, in no more than 3,000 words, on a topical issue of relevance to the wider international commercial arbitration community. The Competition seeks to further Young ICCA’s stated purpose of opening the doors of international arbitration to young talent, and also to further the engagement between Young ICCA and ICCA itself.
2. The Competition Winner will be awarded a speaking slot at the forthcoming ICCA Congress and the winning essay will be published in the ICCA Congress Series. The Competition Winner will also receive: (a) a Congress registration fee waiver (provided by the Congress Host Committee in consultation with the ICCA Bureau); and (b) a monetary contribution towards economy class travel to the Congress venue and hotel accommodation during the Congress. The costs in paragraph (2)(b) will be covered from Young ICCA’s budget. The costs of attending the ICCA Congress cannot be converted to cash by the winner if they unable to attend the Congress for whatever reason.
3. All entries will be reviewed by the Young ICCA Essay Competition Committee made up of Young ICCA Members and appointed by the Young ICCA Co-chairs for each Prize ("Young ICCA Competition Committee"). The Young ICCA Competition Committee will be responsible for creating a shortlist of no less than 5 and no more than 10 entries, from which an Advisory Board comprising, inter alia, members of ICCA’s Governing Board, will select the Competition Winner. The Young ICCA Competition Committee will ideally include members from both academia and arbitral practice.
4. The Winner of the Competition will be selected on an objective and non-discriminatory basis.
- a. Authors must be under the age of 40 years at the date of entering the Competition.
b. Authors may but need not be members of Young ICCA. All Authors are, however, encouraged to apply to become members of Young ICCA if this is not already the case as at the date of entering the Competition.
- c. Each author may submit only one entry.
- d. Co-authored works may not be submitted.
- e. Entries must be in English.
- f. Entries must be fully anonymised (both with regard to content and the metadata) and submitted in PDF format.
- g. The Competition is open to authors of any nationality, race, colour and ethnic origin.
- h. The choice of the Winner of the Competition is based solely on the judgment of the Young ICCA Competition Committee and of the Advisory Board.
- i. Any entrants that are related to ICCA Foundation, Inc. Board Members, ICCA NGO Governing Board Members or Advisory Board Members, Young ICCA Co-Chairs, the Young ICCA Competition Committee and any individual involved in the decision-making process will be excluded from consideration. Related entrants shall mean the spouses, siblings, spouses of siblings, children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, ancestors, and spouses of children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren of these individuals. .
- j. In the event any entrant shares a close institutional affiliation with a Young ICCA Competition Committee or an Advisory Board Member (e.g., the same law firm, law faculty, or arbitral institution) that Young ICCA Competition Committee or Advisory Board member may inhibit him- or herself from participating in the relevant decision.
- k. The Competition Winner is not required to perform any services to ICCA Foundation, Inc. or the ICCA NGO in return for the granting of the Prize.
6. All entries shall be submitted to Young ICCA at this link before the deadline. Applicants are required to provide the following information: full name; nationality; place of residence; gender (male, female, as specified, or prefer not to specify); age; and contact details. For any questions regarding the Competition, please email email@example.com.