The Arbitration Competition is a competition powered by the Association of Young Arbitrators (AYA) inviting young arbitration practitioners in Africa to draft an arbitral award based on a set of facts and submissions exchanged between two parties in a dispute.
The core objective of the competition is to provide young arbitration practitioners with an opportunity to draft their “first award”, learn about the practice of arbitrating, and showcase their talents within the arbitration community. The competition is open to young arbitration practitioners, under the age of 40. Participants are given set of facts from which they must decide the dispute and deliver a reasoned arbitral award, in similar conditions to real life arbitration.
The arbitral awards are graded by a select panel using agreed criteria and participant with the best three are given prizes sponsored by International Law Firms while the best award will be published in the journal of the Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies. The first edition of the competition has been sponsored by Hogan Lovells, London.
The competition also involves a podcast by partner of an international law firm on arbitral award drafting and perspectives on the case study for the competition.
Participation is open to young arbitration practitioners meeting all the following criteria:
(1) Being 40 years of age or under;
(2)Being an associate in a law firm, permanently employed by an arbitration institution, permanently employed in the legal department of a company, or being permanently employed in another organisation bearing a link with the practice of arbitration.
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