1st RGNUL Arbitration Essay Writing Competition in collaboration with ADC, Sydney: Submit by May 25


Centre for Alternative Dispute Resolution (CADR) at RGNUL, Punjab in collaboration with Australian Disputes Centre, Sydney is organising 1st RGNUL Arbitration Blog Writing Competition.

About the University

The Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law is a National Law University located in Patiala, Punjab, India. It was established in 2006 by the Punjab Government as a university dedicated to the field of Legal Education.

About the CADR

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.

About the Australian Disputes Centre

The Australian Disputes Centre, Sydney is an independent, not-for-profit company dedicated to advancing the interests of commercial entities, governments, communities and individuals through timely, cost-efficient and private dispute resolution.

About the Essay Writing Competition

The major objective behind organising such a essay Writing Competitions is to give students the opportunity to demonstrate their reading, thinking and drafting skills in a well-connected and compact manner.

The intent of essay writing competition which 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.

Format of the Essay Writing Competition

  • 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.
  • The entries will then be reviewed by the Editorial Board, which will declare the results in consultation with the Australian Disputes Centre. 
  • Co-Authorship is allowed (2 authors maximum)
  • Citation Format: Bluebook (21st Edn.)


  • Investment Arbitration
    • Commercial Arbitral Awards as Investments in Investment Treaty Arbitrations.
    • State-Owned Enterprises as Claimants in Investment Treaty Arbitrations.
    • Participation of Amicus Curiae in Investment Treaty Arbitrations
    • Ability to raise extra-jurisdictional issues vis-à-vis public interest
    • Confidentiality concerns
  •  Commercial Arbitration
  • Domestic Commercial Arbitration
    • Unilateral Appointment of Arbitrators: Party Autonomy v. Equity
    • Challenges to unilateral appointments after active participation in proceedings
    • Hybridization of the UNCITRAL rules into practical institutional models and the road ahead.
  • International Commercial Arbitration
    • Dispute Resolution Clauses as Practices and Usages: An analysis in the context of the CISG and the Unidroit Principles of International Commercial Contracts.
    • The intersection of CISG and Arbitration Agreements: A holistic understanding
    • Should the law of Seat be preferred over CISG for formation of arbitration agreements?
    • Conflicts between Arbitration Statutes and CISG

Note: The list is non-exhaustive in nature; authors are free to write on any contemporary issue involving Investment and International Commercial Arbitration.


  • Top 3 rankers to be provided with an opportunity to intern (online) with the Australian Disputes Centre, Sydney for a period of 6 weeks.
  • Top 10 entries will be considered for publication on the CADR website under the category of ‘Honorable Mention.’
  • Certificate of Merit to top 3 entries under various themes.
  • Participation Certificates (Digital) to all the participants.

Important Dates

  • Opening of Registration: May 7, 2022
  • Last date to submit the Final Draft: May 25, 2022
  • Declaration of Results: June 25, 2022

Contact Information

For any queries, please email us at submissions.cadr[at]rgnul.ac.in or contact the following individuals

  • Mr. Kabir Chaturvedi – +91 91489 05381
  • Ms. Ananya Singh – +91 90133 06090
  • Mr. Jotsaroop Singh – +91 99588 54523
  • Mr. Rachit Somani – +91 63760 06259

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