The International Bar Association (IBA) Arb 40 Sub-Committee has launched a new competition, “The Common Heritage of the International Arbitration Community: An IBA Arb 40 Competition for the Most Meaningful Personal Stories”. Three Crowns’ Daryl ChewHamid Abdulkareem, and Nicola Peart are facilitating the organisation of the competition. Daryl recently completed his tenure on the IBA Arb40 Sub-Committee, on which Nicola continues to serve, while Hamid is a former co-chair of the Sub-Committee.

The competition, which was launched at the IBA Arbitration Day event in Istanbul last week, will gather meaningful personal stories and anecdotes about international arbitration, with shortlisted stories to be published in a unique compendium.

Competition entries are encouraged from as wide and diverse a group as possible, and will be reviewed and scored based on defined criteria by a jury comprising members of the IBA Arb 40 Sub-Committee. The most meaningful story within each competition category and the best story overall will be awarded prizes.

Competition entries must be accurate, reflect personal experiences, and not exceed 750 words. The submission deadline is 1:59 pm ET on Tuesday 31 May 2022. For more information on eligibility, categories, and the rules, click here. Entries can be submitted using the following online form, 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 committee, and serves on the Singapore Management University School of Law Advisory Board. 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 dispute resolution.


Nicola, a senior associate in the Washington, DC office, practises in all aspects of international dispute resolution. Her experience includes international commercial and investment treaty arbitration, as well 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 Arb40 Sub-Committee, ArbitralWomen, and the ICCA Task Force on Gender Diversity in International Arbitral Appointments and Proceedings. She has acted on a number of international law matters on a pro bono basis. She is recognised for International Arbitration in The Legal 500 and is listed in Who’s Who Legal: Future Leaders.

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