IIAM International Arbitral Award Writing Competition

Arbitration has developed into a premier dispute resolution process worldwide. IIAM’s mission is not only to provide the best services as an institute to resolve commercial disputes through arbitration and mediation, but also to develop the culture, standard and professionalism of arbitration and mediation as credible dispute resolution mechanisms. The best way to achieve the said objective is by nurturing the idea of ADR as credible and leading dispute resolution process in international scenario, in young minds through academic mediums and competitions.

The first "IIAM International Arbitral Award Writing Competition" was launched by IIAM in September 2020, to generate interest in arbitration and to bring out the best talents in the field and to create a strong foundation to create better future arbitrators and arbitration lawyers. The competition aims to give law students a platform to execute both inventive litigating and creative judging. Participants are urged to recapitulate the craft of making arbitral award within the framework of law and by analysing the factual matrix, by looking at the various circumstances and by interpreting the contract, so as to insulate from any challenge that it may have to face in future. The best part of this is the research and hard work involved, which if used efficiently will bring out the best of individual students.

The competition was open for all the students pursuing Undergraduate, Postgraduate or PhD in law or equivalent courses recognised by any University across the World. We received many entries and the entries were judged on the basis of originality, critical analysis and appreciation of facts, persuasiveness, analysis of arguments, use of relevant authorities and overall quality of writing.

The following students were adjudged as winners.

• First Prize (Award for the side of the Claimant) – Prachi Gupta (Fourth year, Institute of Law, Nirma University, Ahmedabad) & Masumi Dave (Fourth year, GLS Law College, Ahmedabad, India)
• First Prize (Award for the side of the Respondent) – Anandha Kumar. V (PhD in Law, Tamil Nadu Dr Ambedkar Law University, Chennai) & Jumanah Kader (Sastra Deemed University, Sirkazhi, Tamilnadu)
• Second Prize (Award for the side of the Claimant) – Ashutosh Pandey (Second year, National Law College, Lalitpur, Nepal) & Prashamsa Ghimire (Third year, National Law College, Lalitpur, Nepal)