3rd GNLU Essay Competition on Law and
Society, 2018: Submit by June 15; Prizes worth Rs. 25K + Internships and more.
About the Centre
in 2015, the GNLU Centre for Law and Society (GCLS) seeks to facilitate
interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary research, study and teaching of law and
society, and law and legal institutions. The GCLS provides a platform for the
exchange of ideas on the most contemporary, relevant matters, while inspiring
future generations of students to pursue careers at the nexus of society and
law. Findings originating at the Centre are disseminated through conferences
and symposia, journals, in- house student vignettes, and policy white papers.
The Essay Competition
Centre for Law and Society, hereby invites essays for the 3rd
edition of its GNLU Essay Competition on Law and Society, a national-level
essay competition, under the able guidance of Prof. Upendra Baxi and in
collaboration with reputed firms and organizations such as Luthra and Luthra
Law Offices, Verist Law, ActionAid India, Centre for Social Research, Centre
for Social Justice and LawLex.
theme of the competition is "The Careful Questioning of Socio-legal Premises". The recent decisions
pronounced by the Hon'ble Supreme Court of India have widespread ramifications,
leading to the usage of social tools or realities as an accepted method of
interpreting the Constitution and statutory provisions. Development of
jurisprudence along these lines is necessitated alongside critical socio-legal analysis
of judicial developments. The aim is to assess the methodology used, argue for
or against the alleged overstepping of the Apex Court's role under the scheme
of separation of powers and the relevance of the interpretation or policy laid
down by the Court.
following sub-themes have been identified as requiring academic consideration
in the Indian context:
Government Spending and Social Progress.
2. The Conformity
of Religious Practices with the Constitutional Scheme.
3. Recognizing the
Need to Affect Behaviour and Regulate Contemporary Social Practices.
5. A Step towards
Criminalizing Marital Rape.
6. The Queer
Movement and 'Unnatural' Sex.
7. The Nexus
between Autonomy and the Identity of a Parsi Woman.
8. The Extent of
India's Adherence to Humanitarian Principles.
Category: Law Students
1st Prize - INR 15,000/ Internship at Luthra &
Luthra Law Offices.
Runners Up: Internships at Verist Law Offices, LawLex, Centre
for Social Justice.
Category: Non-law Students
1st Prize - INR 15, 000/ Internship at ActionAid.
Runners Up: Internships at Centre for Social Research, Centre
for Social Justice.
aforementioned winners and the authors of best entries under each sub-theme
shall be offered a Certificate Course of their choosing by Enhelion including
on diverse areas of interest such as Internet Policy, Art and Law, Goods and
Additionally, Certificates of Participation shall
be issued to all participants and winners.
Eligibility: The competition is open to all undergraduate and
postgraduate students enrolled in any discipline in a recognized University/
College/ Institute in India. Co-authorship to a maximum of 2 students is
Word Limit: 3000 - 5000 words, not including footnotes.
Submission: June 15, 2018
For any queries,
drop an e-mail at email@example.com or contact:
Sanghi, Student Convenor, GNLU Centre for Law and
Society at firstname.lastname@example.org, +91-9650688996
Ms. Yashi Saraswat, Student Co-ordinator, Law and
Society Wing, GNLU Centre for Law and Society at email@example.com, +91-9898238740
more information, click here.