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Gray’s Inn is delighted to be collaborating with Gide once again on a French-English Law Essay Prize.

The judging panel will be chaired by Appeal Court judge and Vice Treasurer of Gray’s Inn, The Rt. Hon. Lord Justice Coulson. Lord Justice Coulson will be joined by Estelle Cros, French Liaison Judge at the Embassy of France in the UK; Duncan Fairgrieve, Professor of Comparative law at Paris-Dauphine University; Gide partners Saadia Bhatty and Margaret Boswell; and Michael Butcher, co-founder and Past President of the Franco-British Lawyers Society.

Having launched the 2023 prize in May, we are now excited to be able to announce this year’s essay title. So, without further delay, we can reveal that the title of the French-English Law Essay Prize 2023 is as follows:

The French-English Law Essay Prize 2023 question

What are the differences between the French and English legal systems with respect to arbitration?

You might like to consider:

  • The law applicable to the arbitration agreement
  • Seat of arbitration
  • Rights of 3rd parties
  • Enforcement of awards

Would you say that one or other of the systems is better?

How to apply

The prize is open to individuals in full-time legal education for less than six years at the time of submission of the essay.

Submissions are required by 10 September 2023, with the winner and runner-up to be announced in October 2023. The winner of the competition will receive a prize of £1,500 plus a two-week paid internship with Gide’s London office; the runner-up will receive a prize of £1,000. The prize will be awarded at a reception at Gide’s London office in November 2023.

Details of the title and a copy of the prize rules will be sent to all registered entrants. If you have yet to register for the prize and would like to then we invite you to email to register. A copy of the prize rules is also available via this email address.

We are very much looking forward to receiving your entries.

About Gide

Gide is a leading international law firm and the first to have originated in France. Founded in Paris in 1920, the firm now operates from 11 offices throughout the world. It has 500 lawyers, drawn from 35 different nationalities.

Gide offers some of the most respected specialists in each of the various sectors of national and international business law.

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