Arbitration-Related Opportunities

On this page, the Fortier Chair shares calls for papers, and other opportunities which may be of interest to the international arbitration and international commercial law community.

Calls for applications and papers

Two summer Internships in NYC

As a leading international arbitral institution, the ICC International Court of Arbitration attracts a growing caseload from all over the world.

SICANA, Inc. which provides ICC arbitration and other ICC dispute resolution services in North America, is currently accepting intern applications. Apply by June 10, 2021.

Recent J.D. and LL.M. graduates, don't miss these two opportunities SICANA in New York from July to September 2021:

Call for applicants: Research Position in Investment Law and Policy Programme

Applications are invited for a Research Associate / Research Assistant in the Centre for International Law, National University of Singapore.

Job Description
The duties of the incumbent will involve:

• Assisting the Principal Investigator and Research Fellows in the research, drafting and preparation of materials related to the law and policy of international investment treaties, including in connection with CIL’s position as an official observer in UNCITRAL Working Group III.
• Conducting research into topics of public international law, international investment law, and other areas as assigned.
• Assisting with the organization and running of webinars and workshops organized by CIL for government officials and scholars related to investment law and policy, both those which are open to the public and those which are invitation-only.

Candidates must possess a minimum qualification of an LL.B. or J.D. An LL.M. or equivalent experience is highly desirable. Candidates should have a good knowledge of international investment law and public international law; a high degree of self-motivation; excellent English language writing abilities; strong organisational and communications skills; and the IT and publishing skills necessary to prepare teaching materials for online use. Candidates with knowledge of regional language(s) and/or prior working experience in the field will have an advantage.

CIL provides a lively and congenial work environment and the opportunity to engage with experts in different aspects of public international law. The successful candidate will be expected to participate in the activities of the Centre in general and to pursue his or her own research projects with a view to publication under the guidance of senior colleagues. This is an ideal position for a candidate exploring whether to undertake further academic work in international law.

Closing Date: 30 June 2021

For more information:

Call for candidates: legal counsel for a new fourth division at the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce Secretariat

The Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce (SCC) is one of the world’s leading venues for dispute resolution. Every year, the SCC manages approximately two hundred commercial and investment disputes, involving parties from more than 40 countries. he SCC is part of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce, the leading business organisation for the Stockholm and Uppsala Capital region.

The SCC is expanding its team and is now hiring a legal counsel to assume responsibility over a new fourth division at the SCC Secretariat. The application deadline is on 23 May 2021

The Secretariat handles the daily case management and prepares and executes SCC Board decisions. This includes decisions regarding prima facie jurisdiction, appointment of arbitrators, challenges to arbitrators and the costs of the arbitration.

The Secretariat’s multilingual staff also organizes events, speaks at conferences around the world, and produces articles and other publications. The Secretariat’s office is located in the centre of Stockholm.

The main responsibilities and tasks of the legal counsel include:

  • Managing an annual case load of approximately 50-60 Swedish and international disputes, with the assistance of a case administrator.

  • Presenting cases for the SCC Board; researching and proposing Board decisions.

  • Representing the SCC at conferences and events in Sweden and internationally.

  • Preparing reports and articles on SCC arbitration, with a focus on procedural practice.

  • Contributing to various other projects and initiatives as necessary.

  • Managing escrow services on behalf of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce.

For more information and to apply.

Call for submissions from the University of New South Wales Law & Justice Herbert Smith Freehills CIBEL Centre

The CIBEL Centre has an upcoming conference on "New opportunities and challenges to international economic law". The deadline is March 15, 2021.

Details are here:

PluriCourts Annual Workshop Call for proposals

PluriCourts at the University of Oslo invites paper proposals for the PluriCourts Annual Workshop on the Political and Legal Theory of International Courts and Tribunals 2021: "The Input and Output Legitimacy of International Courts" to be held via zoom from Oslo, Norway, on June 24-25, 2021.

PluriCourts at the University of Oslo is organising a workshop to bring together scholars of philosophy, political theory and legal theory who study regional and international courts and tribunals (ICs), and in particular issues concerning the input and output legitimacy of ICs.

States have established manifold regional and international ICs to resolve disputes, interpret treaties, and deter illegal behaviour. These ICs cover a range of issues, including human rights, trade, investment, border disputes, and international crimes. ICs' competences, level of authority, method of interpretation, and geographical reach vary widely. Their increase in number and influence naturally raises the question of whether and why they are legitimate.

To apply, go to

Potential Topics

We invite papers from any discipline that fall within the broad theme of the conference. The workshop welcomes, in particular, papers that contribute to our philosophical and/or normative understanding of ICs, whether this is developed in more abstract terms or in the context of a concrete case study. Potential topics for the workshop could be, but are by no means limited to, the following questions:

  • How should we conceptually approach the legitimacy of international courts?
  • What is the connection between ICs’ normative and descriptive legitimacy?
  • How can we assess the democratic, or more broadly, input-based, legitimacy of ICs?
  • What measures can ICs take to increase their input-based legitimacy?
  • What are the morally relevant outputs of ICs?
  • According to what normative standards can we sort and evaluate the morally relevant outputs of ICs?
  • To what extent can the morally relevant outputs of ICs be sorted as promoting individual or collective rights or, more specifically, individual and collective autonomy?
  • What comparative advantage do ICs have in producing beneficial outcomes?
  • Are the outputs of ICs enough to make them legitimate?
  • What are the tensions between the justice and effectiveness (or other values) of ICs’ decisions, and how should they be resolved?
  • How does deep disagreement over values affect output-based justifications of ICs?
  • How do alternate theories of adjudication affect output-based justifications of ICs?


  • January 4, 2021 Expression of interest with provisional paper title, abstract (max. 400 words)
  • February 8, 2021 Decisions on acceptance of proposals
  • May 30, 2021 Draft papers due
  • June 21-22, 2021 Workshop on Zoom

PhD Researcher in Blockchain & Law

3 Nov. 2020 - Based in France, Coopérative Kleros develops a decentralized court system for dispute resolution in blockchain.

Coopérative Kleros is looking for a candidate to conduct a PhD in Law studies on decentralized justice and the legal aspects of the protocol at a French university. Coopérative Kleros will provide funding for the candidate for a duration of 3 years (the other part of funding could also be secured by a CIFRE contract).

The successful candidate will have a degree in law and a demonstrable interest in consumer law, internet law, alternative dispute resolution, online dispute resolution and/or international arbitration, knowledge of blockchain (either from previous work/research or only as hobbyist) and is actively seeking enrollment in a PhD program at a French University.

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ICSID Internships

ICSID offers unpaid internship opportunities to students enrolled in a graduate degree program who are eligible and qualified for an internship (sometimes referred to as an externship) under their University rules and Bank Group requirements (see below). The main objective of the internships is to allow students with an interest in international investment dispute settlement and international investment law to gain a better understanding of ICSID’s work, enhance their academic and career goals and contribute to ICSID’s mission.  To this end, the Centre is looking for enthusiastic and energetic candidates who can work effectively in a team-based environment.

Up to four internships are offered every four months, for a minimum period of 12 weeks and a minimum of 10 hours of work per week.  The internship periods are September-December, January-April and May-August. The internships take place at the seat of the Centre in Washington, D.C. 

The deadlines for applications are:

  • June 15 for the September-December Internship period (fall semester)
  • November 15 for the January-April Internship period (spring semester); and
  • January 15 for the May-August Internship period (summer semester). 

Any questions about the internship should be addressed to icsidinternship [at]

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