Dr. Kabir Duggal awarded the "2018 Academic Prize" by CEPANI
Dr Kabir Duggal, who recently obtained his PhD at Leiden University, has been awarded the "2018 Academic Prize" by CEPANI (the Belgian Centre for Arbitration and Mediation) for his doctoral thesis entitled "Principles of Evidence in Investor-State Arbitration: Burden, Standards, Presumptions, and Inferences.” Dr Duggal's supervisors were Professor Eric de Brabandere, Director of the Grotius Centre and Dr Mamadou Hébié.
The international jury of this edition was composed of the following members: Prof. Hakim Boularbah, Mr Nicolas Angelet, Ms Niusscha Bassiri, Ms Stéphanie Davidson, Prof. Yves De Cordt, Mr Arnaud Nuyts, Mr Willem van Baren, and Ms Melanie Van Leeuwen.
CEPANI's "Academic Prize" is open to participants from all over the world and is awarded once every three years for the best paper in international arbitration. For the 2018 edition of the award, seventeen papers were presented to CEPANI: 13 in English, 2 in French, I in Dutch, and I in German. The award carried a prize of 5,000 euro.
In presenting the award, CEPANI noted: "Dr Duggal’s work was found to be deserving of the CEPANI Prize because it combines a mature mastery of the subject matter with demonstrated thought leadership in an important area of investment treaty arbitration." Dr Duggal received the award on the occasion of CEPANI's annual congress on 6 June, 2019. He also delivered the keynote speech outlining his thesis.
In receiving the award, Dr Duggal expressed his gratitude and thanks to Leiden Law School and to his supervisors Professor de Brabandere and Dr Hébié "for their constant support, trust, mentorship and friendship."