Works-in-Progress Conference:
Issues in International Dispute Resolution

In cooperation with the University of Missouri International Center

Student Writing Competition

A student writing competition is being organized in conjunction with the University of Missouri-American Society of International Law Dispute Resolution Interest Group works-in-progress conference. The winner of the competition will receive a $450 prize and is eligible to have his or her winning submission considered for publication in the Journal of Dispute Resolution. There is also a second place prize of $125. The Journal is recognized as leader in the area of alternative dispute resolution and contains articles written by nationally and internationally prominent authors on a wide variety of topics.


Submissions should discuss an issue involving both public and private international dispute resolution, whether it be in the context of international commercial arbitration, investment arbitration, international mediation, international negotiation, international litigation in national courts or international litigation in international courts. There is no requirement that papers discuss U.S. law.


The writing competition is open to all persons enrolled as of February 1, 2017, in a program of higher education leading to a degree in law (including but not limited to the J.D., LL.B., LL.M., S.J.D. 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.

Submission Requirements

Submissions must be in English and between fifteen (15) and sixty (60) pages in length, including footnotes. The text of the paper must be typed and double spaced pages in 12 point Times New Roman font 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
  4. the date of the submission

Failure to adhere to these requirements may disqualify the submission from the competition.

Advanced-degree students (LL.M, S.J.D or Ph.D.) may submit a paper that is being considered for inclusion in the works-in-progress conference. Please note that dual submissions are not benefitted in any way, since the writing competition deadline is prior to the works in progress conference.

Papers must be received no later than 11:59 p.m., Central time, on January 15, 2017.


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 decisions, statutes and legal authorities

Questions should be directed to:

Professor S.I. Strong
University of Missouri School of Law

Papers must be electronically submitted to:

Laura Coleman
University of Missouri School of Law