On November 13, 2015, the Center for the Study of Dispute Resolution (CSDR) at the University of Missouri School of Law announced the winners of a student writing competition organized by the CSDR. The competition was offered in conjunction with the Journal of Dispute Resolution symposium entitled “Beyond the FAA: Arbitration Procedure, Practice, and Policy in Historical Perspective,” which was convened by Professor Carli Conklin.
The competition, which carried a $500 prize for the author of the winning paper, sought essays that bore some relationship to the history of dispute or conflict resolution, broadly defined. The competition was international and interdisciplinary in scope and drew submissions from all over the world. The winning paper, entitled “The Evolution of Interstate Arbitration and the Peaceful Resolution of Transboundary Freshwater Disputes,” was written by Tamar Meshel, an S.J.D. candidate at the University of Toronto. The second place paper, entitled “Lessons From the Past: An Historical Framework for an Iraqi-American Bilateral Arbitration Treaty,” was written by Sage Bludworth, a J.D. candidate at the University of Utah. The third place paper, entitled “Third-Party Funding in International Arbitration: Making the Case for Mandatory Disclosure,” was written by Blair Bopp, a J.D. candidate at the University of Missouri.