The University of Missouri’s Center for the Study of Dispute Resolution is pleased to announce the winners of a student writing competition held in association with the symposium “Beyond the FAA: Arbitration Procedure, Practice, and Policy in Historical Perspective,” which was convened by Professor Carli Conklin. The competition, which carried a $500 prize for the author of the winning paper, sought essays that bore some relationship to the history of dispute or conflict resolution, broadly defined. The competition was international and interdisciplinary in scope and drew submissions from all over the world.
The winning paper, entitled “The Evolution of Interstate Arbitration and the Peaceful Resolution of Transboundary Freshwater Disputes,” was written by Tamar Meshel, an S.J.D. candidate at the University of Toronto. The second place paper, entitled “Lessons From the Past: An Historical Framework for an Iraqi-American Bilateral Arbitration Treaty,” was written by Sage Bludworth, a J.D. candidate at the University of Utah. The third place paper, entitled “Third-Party Funding in International Arbitration: Making the Case for Mandatory Disclosure,” was written by Blair Bopp, a J.D. candidate at the University of Missouri. The Law School congratulates the winners and thanks everyone who entered the competition.
Submissions should bear some relationship to the history of dispute or conflict resolution, broadly defined. Topics may therefore consider issues relating to the historic development of international or domestic negotiation, mediation, conciliation and/or arbitration, among other things. There is no requirement that papers discuss U.S. law.
The writing competition is open to all persons enrolled in a program of higher education leading to any degree in law or a graduate degree in either history or political science (including but not limited to the J.D., LL.B., LL.M., S.J.D., M.A. or Ph.D.). Applicants may be of any nationality and may be affiliated with degree-providing institutions located in any country. Papers that have been published or accepted for publication elsewhere are not eligible for the writing competition.
Submissions must be in English and between fifteen (15) and fifty (50) pages in length, including footnotes. The text of the paper must be typed and double spaced pages in 12 point Times New Roman font (or similarly readable typeface) with 1-inch margins. Footnotes may appear single spaced in 10 point Times New Roman font. Footnotes should preferably appear in Bluebook form, although papers using other established systems of legal citation will be accepted. The title of the paper must appear on every page of the submission. The author’s name must not appear anywhere on the submission itself.
A separate document should be provided including (1) the author’s full name, address, telephone number and email address; (2) the degree-granting institution where the author is enrolled, as well as the degree sought and the anticipated year of graduation; (3) the title of the submission; and (4) the date of the submission.
Failure to adhere to these requirements may lead to disqualification of the submission.
Papers must be electronically submitted to:
University of Missouri School of Law
Papers must be received no later than 11:59 p.m., Central time, on Monday, November 9, 2015.
Submissions will be judged pursuant to the following factors:
- Legal analysis
- Thoroughness and depth of topic
- Contribution to the scholarship in the field
- Evaluation of judicial precedents, statutes and legal authorities
The winning paper will be named at the Center for the Study of Dispute Resolution symposium on November 13, 2015. The sponsors reserve the right not to name a winner if a suitable submission is not entered into the competition.
Questions should be directed to:
Professor S.I. Strong
University of Missouri School of Law
Tel.: +1 573 882 2465
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