California Arbitration is thrilled to announce the winner of its inaugural International Arbitration & ADR Writing Competition. This competition was designed to encourage law students and young practitioners to delve into critical issues in the field of arbitration and alternative dispute resolution.

We received submissions from all over the world, including California, New York, Washington D.C., Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, India, China, Singapore, Guatemala, Argentina, Korea, Kenya, Switzerland, and Egypt. We are pleased to recognize and reward the most exceptional written contributions that not only display academic rigor but also contribute to the broader discourse in the field.

And the Winner Is…

We are delighted to announce that the winner of the 2023 CalArb International Arbitration & ADR Writing Competition is Iris Ng.

Her entry (linked here), which explores generative artificial intelligence, stood out for its depth of research, clarity of argument, and originality of thought.

About the Winning Entry

Iris Ng’s entry tackled our theme, Innovation in International Arbitration, providing a comprehensive analysis that is both theoretically sound and practically relevant. Her work will be published on the CalArb website, distributed to CalArb members, and she will also receive a cash prize of $2,500.


We would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to all the participants for their outstanding contributions. The quality of submissions was exceptionally high, making the selection process a challenging but rewarding experience. We would also like to thank our esteemed panel of judges, who dedicated their time and expertise to ensure a fair and thorough evaluation of all entries.

For those interested in next year’s competition, details will be announced shortly on our website and social media channels.

Once again, congratulations to Iris Ng for her exceptional contribution to the field of arbitration and ADR. We look forward to seeing more groundbreaking work from all our talented participants in the future.

Thank you for making the 2023 CalArb International Arbitration & ADR Writing Competition a resounding success.

Best regards,

Albert Golbert and Charles Pereya-Suarez
Co-Chairs, CalArb’s International Arbitration & ADR Writing Competition Committee
California Arbitration, Inc. (CalArb)