Dear Stockholm Treaty Lab participants,
With one month to go before the February 28 (at 23.59 CET) submissions deadline, we hope that drafting is going well for all of you. As I am sure you know by now, your entries should contain three documents: (1) the text of the Model Treaty, (2) argumentation demonstrating how the Model Treaty meets the assessment criteria (max. 25 pages) and a brief introduction of the contestant team. No more and no less.
Who selects the winner?
The jury members, whose job it will be to review the submissions and select a winner, had their first meeting on January 9. They are:
- David W. Rivkin is a Partner at Debevoise & Plimpton and the Immediate Past President of the International Bar Association (IBA).
- Per Klevnäs is a Partner at Material Economics. He previously worked at the Stockholm Environment Institute and the New Climate Economy.
- Michael Lazarus is the Director of the U.S Center of the Stockholm Environment Institute and an expert in energy and environmental analysis.
- Mutchucumaraswamy Sornarajah is Professor of Law at the National University of Singapore and has authored several books on public international law.
- Annette Magnusson is Secretary General of the Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce and the driving force behind the Stockholm Treaty Lab Prize.
A few words about the jury’s work
After the contestant teams submit their entries through the HeroX platform, the secretariat will review the submissions for completeness. To allow the jury to make a blind review, the names and affiliations of team members will be removed before the submissions are forwarded to the jury. Each jury member will evaluate all submissions against the assessment criteria and make a short list of five entries. In April, the jury will meet to select a winner from among the short-listed teams. We hope to announce the winner in May!
Promoting the Model Treaty from New York to Davos
The Treaty Lab team will work hard to ensure that the winning model treaty gets broad exposure and the attention of global stakeholders. This will include – but not be limited to – the following opportunities:
- Two or three representatives of the winning team will present the model treaty at an event in New York co-organized with the Columbia Center for Sustainable Investment, during the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly in September 2018.
- Two or three representatives of the winning team will present the model treaty at a side event in Davos, co-organized with the Swedish Lunch during the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in January 2019.
- Wolters Kluwer International will make a short film about the winning team and its model treaty in the same spirit as the film that first announced the Stockholm Treaty Lab prize.
Good luck finalizing your submissions. We look forward to receiving them!
With great excitement,
the Stockholm Treaty Lab team