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YSIAC Conference Essay Competition 2015


YSIAC recently held its inaugural Essay Competition for 2015 in conjunction with its first ever YSIAC Conference.

Participants were invited to submit original essays on any of the following topics:

· Party consent in international arbitration is more fig leaf than fundamental principle. Discuss.
· Third party funding in international arbitration: a slippery slope or levelling the playing field?
· If there was one thing you could change about the practice of international arbitration, what would it be?

We received an overwhelming response of 66 entries from 20 different countries, spanning 5 continents. We would like to thank all of the participants for entering the Competition.

We are pleased to announce the following winners as chosen by a distinguished panel of judges:

Winner
Darren Mayberry
Airhart & Associates, Louisville, KY, USA
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1st Runner Up
Angus Fei Ni
Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
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2nd Runner Up
Adam Raviv
Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP
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The following participants also received honourable mentions for their entries:

Lim Hui Li Debby
Shook Lin & Bok LLP
Nathalia Lossovska
Holman Fenwick Willian LLP
Mak Shin Yi
WongPartnership LLP
Anthony Cheah Nicholls
Shearman & Sterling LLP
Xia Zhiyi
Peking University
Derric Yeoh
Michael Hwang Chambers LLC

Special thanks are in order both to the YSIAC Publications Sub-committee and our esteemed judges - Ms Lucy Reed, Global Co-head of International Arbitration and Public International Law groups, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer; Member, SIAC Court of Arbitration; Professor Lawrence Boo, Head of Chambers, The Arbitration Chambers; and Ms Tan Ai Leen, Registrar, SIAC, for their tremendous efforts and time in reviewing and selecting the winning entries and honourable mentions, all within a very tight timeframe.

Finally, we would like to express our sincere thanks to the Essay Competition Prize Sponsor, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, for its invaluable contribution to the success of this event.
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