Beijing Arbitration Commission

Notice on the Ninth BAC Essay Competition on Commercial Arbitration for College Students

Publish time: 2021-4-12

The Beijing Arbitration Commission/Beijing International Arbitration Center (the “BAC”) is a leading arbitration institution established subsequent to the promulgation of the PRC Arbitration Law. Since its establishment, the BAC has stuck to the values of fairness, independence, professionalism, efficiency and excellence, and endeavored not only to provide parties with diversified dispute resolution services such as commercial arbitration, investment arbitration, commercial mediation and dispute review, but also to promote the theoretical research, institutional innovation and talent cultivation of commercial dispute resolution in China.

Aiming at encouraging youth talents to learn about arbitration, study arbitration, and work on arbitration in the future, the BAC will organize the Ninth BAC Essay Competition on Commercial Arbitration for College Students this year. Since it was first held in 2013, the Competition has been successfully held for eight sessions, which has attracted a number of college students. This competition is oriented toward students majored in law from colleges both domestic and abroad, and the awards will be given through fair and impartial procedure.

Students majored in law are welcome to participate in this Competition.

For details of the Competition, please refer to the Program of the Ninth BAC Essay Competition for College Students (see attachment).

If you have any questions, please contact:
Ms. MA Xiaoxiao, phone: +86 10 8565 9561, email:


Program of the Ninth BAC Essay Competition

on Commercial Arbitration for College Students

I. General Information

1. Organizer: Beijing Arbitration Commission/Beijing International Arbitration Center

2. Eligible participants: This Competition is oriented toward universities and colleges both domestic and abroad, and college students[1] are welcome to participate in the Competition.

3. Duration: Between March and September 2021. Please refer to part II on “Schedule” for detailed time durations of different stages.

4. Features
The BAC Essay Competition on Commercial Arbitration for College Students benefits from the rich resource of BAC arbitrators and the professional journals and publishers in cooperation with the BAC. Based on extensive invitations, careful evaluation by experts, review in writing supplemented by oral defence, combination of theory and practice, and both financial and emotional rewards, the Competition is strongly featured with high academic standard and professional evaluation expert team, and will ensure an impartial procedure and a fair outcome to the greatest extent possible.

5. Goals
BAC Essay Competition on Commercial Arbitration for College Students is a part of the BAC Youth Talents Program[2], which is aimed to encourage students majored in law to know about arbitration, and lay foundation for more young professionals to become the driving-force of the arbitration industry. The Competition was first organized in 2013, and then became an annual event following the idea of promoting arbitration culture and cultivating arbitration talents.

6. Topics

To participate in this Competition, authors are expected to write and submit essays focusing on substantive or procedural issues related to commercial arbitration, investment arbitration or other diversified alternative dispute resolution (ADR). Innovative and practical topics will be welcome. Sample topics include but not limited to the follows:

(1) Legal Issues on Foreign Arbitration Institutions’ Practice in Mainland China;

(2) Anti-suit Injunction in International Commercial Arbitration;

(3) Empirical Study of Judicial Review of Arbitration Practice in China;

(4) Identification and Prevention Mechanism of False Arbitration;

(5) Service in International Arbitration;

(6) Innovation and Building of Smart Arbitration in the Context of Artificial Intelligence;

(7) Opportunities, Challenges and Responses of Arbitration in post COVID-19 Era;

(8) Intersection of Insolvency Procedure and Arbitration Procedure;

(9) Institutional Reform of Arbitration;
(10) Expedited Arbitration Procedure;
(11) Appellate Mechanism of Investment Arbitration;
(12) Law Application in International Commercial Arbitration;
(13) Arbitrability of Intellectual Property Rights’ Effectiveness;
(14) Empirical Study of Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards;
(15) Development of Legislation and Practice of International Commercial Arbitration’s Modernization and Internationalization;
(16) Investment Arbitration Clauses in Investment Agreement of China;
(17) Thoughts and Suggestions on Building Better Arbitration Procedure.

II. Schedule

1. Essay Submission (March 24 2021 – July 20 2021)
1.1. Online Notice: Details of the Competition will be published on the BAC website, students majored in law of colleges at home and abroad are thereby invited to participate in the Competition.
1.2. Essay Requirements:
(1) Length: No less than 5,000 words, and in principle no more than 15,000 words.
(2) The essay should meet the requirements raised in the submission guidelines and format requirements of Beijing Arbitration Quarterly (details can be found at, be attached with an abstract of the main content or viewpoints of the essay within 300 words and 3-5 key words, bilingually in Chinese and English. The author shall indicate in footnote his/her college, grade, major, education background, direction of research, and mobile phone number.
(3) Essays written in English are acceptable.
(4) Co-authorship is not acceptable.
(5) The essay submitted has not been published in any way, nor has it received any funding from the BAC research fund or any award in any other competition. The author shall ensure the essay is in compliance with academic ethics, and shall be responsible for its originality and creativity.
1.3. Submission: Participants shall submit their essays that meet the above requirements via email to, and the e-document of the essays shall be named as “author’s name+college+topic”.
1.4. Deadline of submission: July 20 2021.

2. Preliminary Evaluation (July 21 2021 – August 5 2021)
2.1. Composition of preliminary evaluation panel: the preliminary evaluation panel shall be composed of members of the evaluation expert team.
2.2 Preliminary evaluation: the preliminary evaluation panel shall review all the essays submitted.
2.3. Preliminary evaluation decision: the preliminary evaluation panel shall, based on its preliminary review of all essays, recommend 30 outstanding essays for re-evaluation. The authors and the topics of the 30 essays shall be published on the BAC website.

3. Re-evaluation (August 6 2021 – August 27 2021)
3.1. Composition of re-evaluation panel: the re-evaluation panel shall be composed of members of the evaluation expert team.
3.2. Re-evaluation: the re-evaluation panel shall review the 30 essays selected through the preliminary evaluation.
3.3. Re-evaluation decision: the re-evaluation panel shall, based on its review, select 15 out of the 30 essays selected through the preliminary evaluation for oral defence. The authors and the topics of the 15 essays shall be published on the BAC website.

4. Oral defence (August 28 2021 – September 14 2021)
4.1. Composition of defence panel: the defence panel will be composed of members of the evaluation expert team.
4.2. Oral defence: the defence panel will hold and examine oral defences of authors of the 15 essays selected through re-evaluation.

5. Final evaluation (September 15 2021 – September 21 2021)
5.1. Scores: The 15 essays selected through the re-evaluation will be given weighted scores based on the results of the re-evaluation and oral defence.
5.2. Decision on awards: decisions will be made on awards of the Competition according to the overall weighted scores of the 15 essays from top to bottom. For details of the awards and prizes, please refer to part III on “Awards & Prizes”.
5.3. The decisions on awards will be published on the BAC website and WeChat account.

6. Award ceremony (the time will be notified separately)
An award ceremony will be hosted, where the winners will receive certificates of awards.

III. Award & Prizes

1. Awards and Prizes
1.1. Two First Prize: a reward of RMB8,000.
1.2. Three Second Prizes: a reward of RMB5,000.
1.3. Five Third Prizes: a reward of RMB2,000.
1.4. Five Honorable Prizes: a reward of RMB1,000.

2. Other benefits
2.1. Publication opportunity: the winning essays, after necessary revision and edition, will have the opportunity to be published in the Beijing Arbitration Quarterly, and the authors will receive remunerations
2.2. Internship opportunity: Authors of the winning essays will be offered priority of internship opportunities at the BAC.

IV. Miscellaneous

1. The essays will be judged in accordance with the principles of fairness, impartiality and objectivity. By referring to the following standards, the evaluation panelists may judge the quality of the essays according to their own experience:
1.1. Whether the essay has a novel subject and is of academic or practical significance;
1.2. Whether the essay meets the requirements listed in “Essay Collection” (essays are expected to refer to original works and firsthand sources, give true clarification if any part of it is quoted from secondary sources, and make sure all the annotations are complete and objective when referring to others’ views, solutions, materials and data);
1.3. Whether the essay is well structured, carefully reasoned, rather than introduction in a text-book style;
1.4. Whether the essay is written in clear and smooth legal languages;
1.5. Whether the essay has logical clarity and clear views (without shoddy draft, low-level repetition and undue emphasis on length);
1.6. Whether the essay’s research method and outcome have academic value or guiding significance for arbitration practice.

2. The BAC has the authority of final interpretation of the program, and may adjust any of the above arrangements from time to time according to the specific circumstance of the event.

Beijing Arbitration Commission/Beijing International Arbitration Center

March 24 2021

[1] College students include Bachelor, Master and PhD candidates studying at colleges both in China and abroad.

[2] The BAC Youth Talents Program is a long-term program launched by the BAC, for the purpose of training arbitration elites of tomorrow, and cultivating new genius for the long-term development of the arbitration industry.

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