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

Smit-Lowenfeld Prize

The Smit-Lowenfeld Prize is awarded annually by the International Arbitration Club of New York to recognize the outstanding article published in the previous year on any aspect of international arbitration. The Prize honors the late Hans Smit of Columbia Law School and Andreas F. Lowenfeld of New York University School of Law, both renowned scholars in international litigation and arbitration and well known arbitrators.

Articles published in English during the year 2017 will be considered for this year’s Smit-Lowenfeld Prize.

Articles should be submitted by email, in PDF format, to the International Arbitration Club of New York c/o Thomas Lynch, at telynch [at] Questions may be directed to Mr. Lynch by email.

The deadline for receipt of submissions for this year's competition is May 15, 2018.

The winning article will be selected by a jury composed of members of the International Arbitration Club of New York. The winner of the Smit-Lowenfeld Prize will receive an honorarium of US$2500 to be presented at a ceremony in New York.

Last year’s Smit-Lowenfeld Prize was awarded to Grant Hanessian and Alexandra Dosman for their article “Songs of Innocence and Experience: Ten Years of Emergency Arbitration.”

Mr. Lynch will also accept articles published in the year 2018 on a rolling basis, which will be held for consideration until next year's competition is announced.

ICSID Internships 2017-2018

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:

August 20 for the September-December Internship period (fall semester)
December 15 for the January-April Internship period (spring semester); and
April 15 for the May-August Internship period (summer semester). 

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