Practical results cannot be achieved simply by making laws!
CIArb’s East Anglia Branch invites university students and graduates up to age 27 to enter a competition to focus on the role of alternative dispute resolution (ADR). We would like to engage with aspiring dispute resolvers to recognise talent. The competition will appeal to participants with an interest in law, construction, business studies, accountancy and other professions with an ADR content.
The competition entails writing an essay to nurture competitors’ knowledge on ADR. Various prizes will be presented by Sir Rupert Jackson QC MCIArb at an award event (or virtually).
The competition will provide various benefits to students and young graduates as follows:
Facilitate supporting university students and young graduates up to age 27;
Competitors to come from all relevant backgrounds: construction, accountancy, law, business studies etc with an interest in ADR;
Introduce students and young graduates to the CIArb with a view of joining;
Provide the opportunity to attend CIArb professional events of which the branch usually holds at least eight per year;
The above would be at no cost to competitors.
22 October 2020, 7.00pm BST: Launch the competition through CIArb’s secure, official BBB virtual platform with invitees from participating universities and other stakeholders with an introduction by the branch Chairman. Registration formally opens.
7 January 2021: Deadline for essay submissions.
8 January – 16 March 2021: The independent panel of judges review all entries shortlisting five finalists.
31 March 2021: The finalists to be invited to an event (or virtually) and receive their prizes.
Structure of the competition
Candidates may decide their own subject areas on any ADR topic to write an original essay of not less than 3,500 words. The essay to be well structured, to the point and grammatically sound. It should provide a clear analysis of the subject matter in question and definable strands of argument. It should demonstrate creative thinking and better decision-making in the competitors’ own areas of interest. References must be stated where used. Essays may be produced by up to two writers but with any prize being shared between them.
1st Prize - £1,200
2nd Prize - £700
3rd Prize - £400
Two Commendation Prizes – £150 each
The five finalists will also receive a book on ADR and have the opportunity to attend an all-day event free of charge. The winning essay will be published in Arbitration or another ADR journal.
It is expected that the competition will provide value to the participating universities and be highly prized by stakeholders.
Independent panel of judges
The independent panel of judges will comprise of eminent practitioners including Sir Rupert Jackson QC MCIArb, Marion Smith QC FCIArb and Lindy Patterson QC FCIArb amongst others. Other representatives come from universities, practicing solicitors, barristers, international dispute resolvers, the branch, Arbitration Journal’s editorial panel and CIArb HQ.
Entry registration: Email your name and university to the branch Chairman, Dr Al Jarratt FCIArb at firstname.lastname@example.org confirming your entry.