Smit-Lowenfeld Prize

 

The Annual Smit-Lowenfeld Prize

 

The Smit-Lowenfeld Prize is awarded annually by the International Arbitration Club of New York to recognize the outstanding article published in the previous year on any aspect of international arbitration. The Prize honors the late Hans Smit of Columbia Law School and Andreas F. Lowenfeld of New York University School of Law, both renowned scholars in international litigation and arbitration, well known arbitrators, and dearly missed members of this Club. The deadline for receipt of submissions for the 2014 competition was April 30, 2015.

The winning article will be selected by a jury composed of members of the International Arbitration Club of New York.  The winner of the Smit-Lowenfeld Prize will receive an honorarium of US$2500 to be presented at a ceremony in New York. The International Arbitration Club of New York considers articles submitted directly to the competition by the authors or their peers, as well as articles chosen through the Club’s survey of articles appearing in leading international journals. The winning article is chosen from those gathered through a two-phase winnowing process, involving close scrutiny by juries of members of the International Arbitration Club of New York. The articles are judged according to the following criteria: Originality of the subject matter or ideas developed therein; Quality of the writing style and expression; Significance of the piece to the field of international arbitration, and Scholarship, or the analytical rigor of the article and its contribution to existing scholarship. No weight is given as to where the article is published, the general popularity or acceptance of the article by others, or to the author’s reputation or standing.

 

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The Winners of the 2013 Smit-Lowenfeld Prize

 

Stephen Fietta (left) and James Upcher (right)


The Club is pleased to announce that the 2013 Smit-Lowenfeld Prize for best scholarly article in the field of international arbitration goes to Stephen Fietta and James Upcher for their article “Public International Law, Investment Treaties and Commercial Arbitration: an emerging system of complementarity?" The article was published in Arbitration International (Volume 29 Issue 2) in 2013. Because of the snowstorm that resulted in the cancellation of the dinner in honor of the winners of the Smit-Lowenfeld prize for the year 2013, an abbreviated award ceremony was held a day later at the Harvard Club, attended by a few club members.

The Prize honors the late Professors Hans Smit of Columbia Law School and Andreas Lowenfeld, the Rubin Professor Emeritus at New York University School of Law, for their distinguished careers in the field of international arbitration, both as scholars and as arbitrators. The International Arbitration Club of New York intends to make this award annually, and is currently soliciting articles for the consideration of the members of its Selection Committee.

Please see our Club News if you wish to submit your article for the next competition.

 

 

The Winner of the 2012 Smit-Lowenfeld Prize

 

Lawrence W. Newman (left) and Gary Born (right)


The 2012 Smit-Lowenfeld Prize for best scholarly article in the field of international arbitration went to Gary Born for his article  “A New Generation of International Adjudication”. The Prize was presented to Gary Born by Rory Millson, President of the jury that selected the winning article in a ceremony presided over by Lawrence W. Newman, the Chairman of the Club’s Steering Committee.

 

 

The Winner of the 2011 Smit-Lowenfeld Prize

 

Professor Charles H. Brower II


The 2011 Smit-Lowenfeld Prize for best scholarly article in the field of international arbitration went to Professor Charles H. Brower II for his article “Arbitration and Antitrust: Navigating the Contours of Mandatory Law”, which appeared in the December 2011 issue of the Buffalo Law Review. The Prize was presented to Professor Brower II by Rory Millson, President of the jury that selected the winning article in a ceremony presided over by Lawrence W. Newman, the Chairman of the Club’s Steering Committee.

 

 

The Winner of the 2010 Smit-Lowenfeld Prize





Nicolas Ulmer (left) and Professor Andreas Lowenfeld (right)

The inaugural 2010 Smit-Lowenfeld Prize for best scholarly article in the field of international arbitration went to Nicolas Ulmer of the firm of Budin & Associés in Geneva for his article, The Cost Conundrum. The article was published in Arbitration International in 2010. The Prize was presented to Mr. Ulmer by Rory Millson, President of the jury that selected the winning article in a ceremony presided over by Lawrence W. Newman, the Chairman of the Club’s Steering Committee.

 

 

 

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