California Arbitration’s 2023 Writing Competition and Award – “Innovation in International Arbitration”

Thank you to all entrants! Winner to be announced soon!

Submissions (along with a current resume and headshot) must be emailed to by July 31, 2023

CalArb’s International Arbitration & ADR Writing Competition Committee is pleased to invite submissions for its first writing competition and award. This competition seeks to provide an opportunity to law students and young practitioners to research and address important issues, and to recognize and reward the most exceptional written contribution. See below for additional details:

  • Eligible Participants: CalArb’s writing competition is open to all law students and to all lawyers who have practiced for less than 10 years.
  • Topic: Submissions should address the theme of this year’s California International Arbitration Week, “Innovation in International Arbitration.”
  • Guidelines: Submissions must be the participant’s original work, written in English, and must be between 15-20 pages, including footnotes, with standard margins, minimum 12 point font, and 1.5 line spacing.
  • Award: CalArb will announce the winner of the writing competition by September 30, 2023. The winner will receive a cash award of $2,500, and CalArb will publish the winning submission on its website and circulate it to all CalArb members.
  • Free CalArb Membership: All eligible participants who submit a qualifying submission will receive one year of free membership to CalArb for participating in the competition.
  • Determining the Winner: CalArb will determine the winner of the writing competition on an objective and non-discriminatory basis through a blind judging process.
  • Participant Representations and Consent to Publication: By entering the writing competition, each participant consents to publication of their submission, their résumé, and their headshot on CalArb’s website.  Each participant represents that they alone created their submission; that they own all rights in their submission, including the copyright and all intellectual property rights as well as the right to consent to its publication; and that their submission does not infringe any third party’s copyrights or intellectual property rights and does not improperly include any third party’s proprietary information.  Any material violation of the above rules or failure to comply with the spirit of the competition will result in the forfeiture and return of the cash award and the free CalArb membership.