The International Bar Association (IBA) Arb40 subcommittee has recently announced the winners of a competition for meaningful stories about international arbitration. The competition was open to all members of the arbitration community and attracted participants from more than 16 countries across six continents. Three Crowns partner Daryl Chew (former subcommittee member), counsel Hamid Abdulkareem (former subcommittee co-chair), and barrister Nicola Peart (current subcommittee member) were centrally involved in organising the competition.

As the current co-chairs of the IBA Arb40 subcommittee, Juan Felipe Merizalde and Agnès Bizard noted: “Members of the international arbitration community of all ages have been invited to submit entries falling within one or more categories identified in the competition rules and concerning a diverse array of topics, ranging from career triumphs to diversity in international arbitration. The submissions have been reviewed and scored based on defined criteria by a jury comprising members of the IBA Arb40 Subcommittee. The most meaningful stories within each competition category and the best stories overall have been awarded prizes. All prize-winning entries have been published in the compendium. The jury noted the remarkable quality of the submissions, which have been received from all around the world and represent a cross-section of the international arbitration community.”

The competition attracted wide support, including from the International Bar Association (IBA), Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC) and HK45, the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) and Young-SIAC (YSIAC), Wolters Kluwer, Investor State Law Guide, Jus Mundi, the Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (ACICA) and ACICA45, La Asociación Latinoamericana de Arbitraje (ALARB), ICC Young Arbitration & ADR Forum (YAAF), International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) and the LCIA Young International Arbitration Group (YIAG), and the Mumbai Centre for International Arbitration (MCIA) and Young MCIA.

Winning stories published in the compendium include: Claus Von Wobeser’s “Arbitrator or mediator?” and Rizki Karim’s “The most perfect days”, as the joint overall winners; Lucy Greenwood’s “The route to greener arbitrations”; Janice Cheng’s “How it all started”; John Gaffney’s “When you put your hand to the plough, don’t look back”; Elizabeth Chan’s “When digital and physical worlds collide”; Mirèze Philippe’s “Daring quietly”; Namrata Shah’s “Call for diversity”; Lisa Reiser and Ulrike Gantenberg’s “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade!”; Jan Paulsson’s “Reflections on mentorship”; and Michael Hwang SC’s “Arbitrations in India”.

To view the compendium online and read the winning entries, click here.


Daryl is the managing partner of the firm’s Singapore office. He has an active portfolio of arbitrations involving a wide range of applicable laws and venues, arising from energy, construction, M&A, joint venture, and general commercial disputes. Daryl serves as the Chairman of the Board of Maxwell Chambers, co-chairs the YSIAC council, and serves on various governmental and regional arbitration committees. He is recognised in ChambersThe Legal 500, and Who’s Who Legal, and has been named among “30 People to Watch in the Business of Law in Asia in 2022” by Asia Law Portal.


Hamid, counsel in the London office, is an experienced arbitration practitioner and litigator, having regularly advised multinational companies on an extensive range of disputes. He is a current Co-Chair of the International Bar Association’s (IBA) Insolvency and International Arbitration Working Group, the Young Africa Chair for the Institute for Transnational Arbitration, and a member of the Lagos Court of Arbitration’s Young Arbitrators Network’s Advisory Board. Hamid has been recognised in Who’s Who Legal: Future Leaders and as a National Leader for arbitration in Nigeria and is ranked in The Legal 500 for international arbitration.


Nicola, a Barrister and Special Legal Counsel in the Washington, DC office, practices in all aspects of international dispute resolution. Her experience includes international commercial and investment treaty arbitration, as well as arbitration under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea and proceedings before the International Court of Justice. She also advises and represents parties in arbitration-related court matters, including before the UK Supreme Court.

Nicola is a member of the IBA’s under-40 arbitration sub-committee and the CPR Y-ADR’s Steering Committee. She is recognized for International Arbitration in The Legal 500 US for 2022 and in Who’s Who Legal: Future Leaders for 2022 and 2023, and she has been ranked as an Associate to Watch by Chambers USA 2022 and 2023.

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