Young Practitioners and Scholars Essay Competition 2021

The Editorial Committee of the European Investment Law and Arbitration Review invites original, unpublished, high quality submissions for the Young Practitioners and Scholars Essay Competition 2021.

The essay competition is open to all practitioners, scholars and students from around the world.

To be eligible, authors must at the time of submission:

  • have a PQE of 7 years of less (e.g., Year of Call 2013 or more recent); or
  • be enrolled in a law degree course such as an LLB, JD, BCL, LLM, PhD, DPhil (or local equivalents).

​Authors are free to choose the topic of their essay to the extent that it relates to EU investment law and arbitration, including one of the topics in the Call for Papers for this issue:

  • Brexit, the EU-UK TCA, and investment treaty arbitration
  • The Agreement for the Termination of BITs between the Member States of the EU
  • Covid 19 and its impact on investment law and arbitration
  • The Continuing Micula v. Romania saga
  • The EU and the reform of the Energy Charter Treaty
  • Ireland and its post-Brexit position in investment law
  • Investment protection standards under existing EU law
  • Trends and new developments in EU trade and investment treaty policy (e.g. the EU China Investment Agreement other multilateral trade agreements)
  • Human rights and EU investment law and arbitration
  • Climate change and EU investment law and arbitration
  • The impact of the Treaty of Lisbon on EU investment law, 10 years on

All submissions should be between 5,000 and 12,000 words, inclusive of footnotes. Co-authored submissions are permissible.

All submissions should be in English and must be in conformity with the Review’s house style, which is available here: EILAR Style Guide update Feb 2021

Examples of previously published submissions in the Review can be found below.

The deadline for submission is: 15 April 2021.

Submissions are to be emailed as an attached Word document to, with the subject “Submission for EILAR Essay Competition 2021”.

​Winners will be chosen by the Editorial Committee of the Review.

The Editorial Committee reserves the right not to award any prize if they conclude that no essay of sufficiently high academic quality has been submitted.


The winning submission and the two runner-up submissions will be published in the Review.

In addition, the following prizes will be awarded:

  • First prize: EUR 500 worth of books sponsored by Brill / Nijhoff
  • Second prize: EUR 250 worth of books sponsored by Brill / Nijhoff
  • Third prize: EUR 150 cash sponsored by Norton Rose Fulbright, London

All winners will receive a complimentary pass to the 2022 EFILA Annual Conference.

Download the flyer here: Essay Competition 2021 flyer


Examples of published submissions in the 2020 issue:

Example of an article: EILA_5_Ch01_Sarah Z. Vasani and Nathalie Allen

Example of a case-note: EILA_5_Ch11_Cees Verburg

Example of a book review: EILA_5_Ch23_Trisha Mitra