The Editorial Board is organising the RGNUL - SAM Conclave on Arbitration in Practice, 2021, in collaboration with Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co., in June, 2021.


In a world where national boundaries are increasingly blurred and globalization is the fundamental principle of international trade, entities are increasingly turning to arbitration as an efficacious, speedy, and cost-effective means of adjudication of disputes. As a natural corollary, professionals in the field have noted several issues, insofar as the practicalities of arbitration are concerned. As the practical aspect is often ignored and not extensively written about, the RGNUL–SAM Online Conclave on Arbitration in Practice, 2021 aims to initiate a discourse on the pressing and contemporary issues in arbitration practice in India, and present novel and innovative solutions to the issues faced by all the stakeholders. It will bring together leading arbitration experts from SAM & Co. and other professionals in the field of arbitration to share practical insights into the evolving opportunities and persisting hurdles likely to shape arbitration in the coming years.


The Conclave will consist of two sessions: Expert Discussion and Paper Presentation Session.


Expert Discussion

The first session of the Conclave would be an Expert Discussion on Arbitration in Practice, where professionals from SAM & Co. and other experts from the field of arbitration would discuss issues pertaining to arbitration practice. We welcome academics, legal practitioners, and law students to attend the Expert Discussion. This would not only give the attendees insights into the vital issues in arbitration practice but also give them a unique opportunity to interact with the experts from the field. Registration link for attending the same can be found here.


Paper Presentation Session

The Editorial Board of RFMLR invites law students to submit research papers under the below-mentioned theme to contribute to the discourse around practical issues in arbitration. After preliminarily reviewing all the manuscripts, the Editorial Board will shortlist entries whose authors will be invited to present their research before the experts from SAM & Co. on the day of the Conclave.


Among all the papers presented in the Conclave, the top three will be awarded Certificates of Merit. The author(s) of the top entry will be provided internship(s) at SAM & Co. and a cash prize of Rs. 10,000. All the other entries selected for presentation will be awarded Certificates of Participation. After a comprehensive review of the papers shortlisted for presentation, the Editorial Board will publish the compilation of the best entries among them.


Themes for Submission and Paper Presentation:

Ironing out the Issues in Arbitration Practice


  1. Essential Qualities/Qualification of Arbitrators for the Next Decade: Will Accreditation of Arbitrators in India help Parties make a Better Choice?

  2. Inflated and Frivolous Claims in Arbitration: Whether Introduction of Ad-Velorem Charges on Claims can curb this Practice?

  3. Unwarranted Delays during Arbitration Proceedings after Completion of Pleadings: Causes and Feasible Solutions

  4. Quantification of Damages in Arbitration: Are Domestic Arbitrations not getting the Benefit of Expert Witnesses?

  5. Confidentiality Concerns in Amazon-Future like Arbitration Disputes: How to Implement Confidentiality in Arbitration Disputes in the Court of Law?

  6. Third-Party Funding and Contingency Counsel Fee Arrangements in Arbitration: Legality and Concerns

The Conclave aims to address issues specifically related to practical issues in arbitration. Therefore, the above-mentioned sub-themes are exhaustive in nature and the authors should submit papers on topics falling within these sub-themes.

Note: The authors may opt to write on any other topic apart from the abovementioned sub-themes, provided that it falls under the ambit of “Arbitration in Practice”. Such authors shall submit a Research Proposal (800-1200 words) to the Editorial Board explaining the research objective and highlighting the key issues and arguments of the proposed paper. The Research Proposals shall be sent for approval to the Editorial Board at rfmlr@rgnul.ac.in by May 20, 2021. The Editorial Board would communicate its decision within 3-5 days of the submission of the proposal. Unless expressly approved by the Editorial Board, any submission outside the scope of the abovementioned sub-themes will not be considered.


1. General

  • The Editorial Board of RFMLR invites submissions from law students from within and outside India for the purpose of the paper presentation.

  • The submissions shall be written in the English language only.

  • Co-authorship is limited to a maximum of two authors.

  • The word limit for the submission is 2000-4000 words (exclusive of abstract and footnotes).

  • Submissions shall be lucid, contemporarily relevant, and well-researched. They shall contain a novel analysis of the issue by the author(s). The Editorial Board encourages analytical submissions with concrete suggestions over descriptive submissions with generic suggestions.

  • Any form of plagiarism is strictly prohibited and the submission shall be original, unpublished, and an outcome of the author’s own efforts.

  • The author(s) bear sole responsibility for the accuracy of facts, opinions and views stated in the submission.

  • The name(s) of the author(s) or institution must not be mentioned anywhere in the body of the submission.

  • The author(s) shall refrain from submitting the manuscript elsewhere during the pendency of the review process.

  • The author(s) are required to submit an abstract, not exceeding 250 words, within their manuscript.

2. Formatting

  • Body: Submissions shall be typewritten in Times New Roman, font size 12 with line spacing 1.5 and justified alignment.

  • Footnotes: Citations shall be in accordance with The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (20th Ed.). All the footnotes shall be typewritten in Times New Roman, font size 10 with single line spacing and justified alignment. Use of speaking footnotes is strictly prohibited.

3. Copyright

Author(s) shall divest the copyright of the manuscript to RGNUL Financial and Mercantile Law Review, Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, Punjab, once the manuscript has been selected for publication. However, all moral rights shall remain with the author(s).

4. Submission and Registration Procedure for Paper Presentations

  • The author(s) shall register for the paper presentation and submit the manuscript through the registration-cum-submission form here before the submission deadline.

  • No author is allowed to submit more than one manuscript.

  • The author(s) shall submit the manuscript in .doc or .docx format.

  • The author(s) shall submit the manuscript along with a duly signed Certificate of Originality and Copyright (in this format).


  • Deadline for submission of research proposals: May 20, 2021

  • Deadline for paper submission: June 4, 2021

  • Intimation to authors of entries shortlisted for paper presentation: June 15, 2021

  • Deadline for Registration for Expert Discussion: June 15, 2021

  • Date of Online Conclave: Last week of June (Tentative)



  1. Registration Form for Expert Discussion

  2. Registration-cum-Submission Form for Paper Presentation Session