Lord Mustill Essay Prize

The International Dispute Resolution Centre (IDRC) is proud to have established a new prize to commemorate the life and work of Michael Mustill, one of the great figures of international and domestic arbitration. Lord Mustill was recognised for his exceptional intellect, analytical rigour and unassailable independence, as a judge of the English High Court, the Court of Appeal and the House of Lords; virtues that he also carried into his career as advocate, arbitrator, administrator, and author of works that include successive editions of Mustill & Boyd on Commercial Arbitration.


The prize of £10,000 will be awarded biennially to the winner of a competition for the best essay or article on any aspect of arbitration.


The competition is open to postgraduates, who need not be lawyers, studying one or more forms of dispute resolution during the year of the competition, particularly any course on the law and practice of international arbitration or arbitration in England & Wales.


With the generous support of the Law Dons at St John’s College, Cambridge, entries will be judged by at least three judges from a panel currently comprising Sir Richard Aikens, Sir Jack Beaston, Stewart Boyd QC, Zac Douglas QC, Lord Dyson, Professor Gabrielle Kaufmann-Kohler, Professor William “Rusty” Park and Lord Philips.


The prize will be launched this year, with entries due in January 2018 and the prize awarded at a ceremony to be held at St John’s College in June or July 2018.