7 June 2016
YSIAC Essay Competition 2016

YSIAC recently held its second Essay Competition for 2016 in conjunction with the SIAC Congress 2016.

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

· Conflicts of interest often restrict the ability of lawyers in law firms to take on arbitrator appointments. Is this a problem for diversity in arbitration and, if so, what solutions can be proffered to improve the situation?

· To what extent can arbitral rules from arbitral institutions such as SIAC provide a credible alternative to investor-state arbitration under ICSID or UNCITRAL Rules? Participants may refer to the draft SIAC Investment Arbitration Rules.

We received an overwhelming response of 47 entries from 17 different countries. 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:

Rajat Rana
Baker Botts L.L.P., USA
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1st Runner Up
Arie Chase Eernisse
Shin & Kim, South Korea
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2nd Runner Up
Sinyee Ong
Ashurst LLP, Singapore
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Special thanks are in order both to the YSIAC Publications Sub-committee and our esteemed judges – Prof Bernard Hanotiau, Partner, Hanotiau & van den Berg; Member, SIAC Court of Arbitration; Mr Nicholas Lingard, Partner, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer; Prof Michael Pryles, Founder President, SIAC Court of Arbitration, for their tremendous efforts and time in reviewing and selecting the winning entries 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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