2018 Inaugural Law Essay Award

The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) is pleased to launch its inaugural Law Essay Award, a competition that seeks to stimulate the production of scholarly work in legal subjects of interest to AIIB by students and young professionals worldwide.  


The subject of the inaugural award is “International Organizations and the Promotion of Effective Dispute Resolution.”

As legal entities and global actors, international organizations are sustained by the rule of law, in place of the hinterland of states. The effectiveness of international organizations is aligned with the efficient interaction of the laws which enable them to exist and act. The lawful and effective resolution of disputes is therefore of central concern to all international organizations.

By examining the role of international organizations in promoting the effective resolution of disputes, both as dispute participants and by providing dispute resolution platforms and expertise, greater understanding may be obtained about the practices and possibilities of international organizations to contribute to the rule of law in this way.

Authors will have the flexibility to choose any topic related to this subject.

Eligibility and Requirements:

1. Eligibility:

(i) Authors should be enrolled in a university degree program, or within three years after graduation from such a program.

(ii) Submissions shall be written solely by the author, in English, and must not have been previously published or submitted for possible publication elsewhere.

(iii) The AIIB Yearbook of International Law follows the citation format of the AIIB Style Guide:

[Authors or editors]. [Year of publication]. [Article title]. [Volume Title]. [Publisher, city of publication]. [License]. [ISBN, DOI or URL].

For example:

AIIB. 2018. Financing Asia’s Future: 2017 AIIB Annual Report and Financials. AIIB. Beijing. CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 IGO.

(iv) Essays shall range from 3,000 to 6,000 words, including footnotes.

(v) Each author is limited to a single submission.

2. Deadline and Method of Submission:

(i) Deadline of submission: Nov. 25, 2018.

(ii) Manuscripts shall be sent, as email attachment in Microsoft Word format, to aiiblawessay@aiib.org.

(iii) Authors shall also submit with their essays a brief CV.

Selection Criteria:

The competition will be judged by reviewers named by the AIIB Office of the General Counsel using the following criteria:

(i) Original contribution to knowledge.

(ii) Familiarity with the topic.

(iii) Critical thinking.

(iv) Clarity in presentation.

(v) Justified findings.


Selected essays will be published by AIIB on www.aiib.org/law and will be considered for publication in the second volume of the AIIB Yearbook of International Law, expected to be released at the time of the 2019 AIIB Annual Meeting (July 2019).