3rd GNLU Essay Competition on Law and Society, 2018 [Prizes Worth Rs. 30K, Internships & More] Submit by June 15

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About the Centre

Established 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

The 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.

The 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.


The following sub-themes have been identified as requiring academic consideration in the Indian context:

  1. Aadhaar, 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.
  4. Deliberating Electoral Reforms.
  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.

Word Limit: 3000 – 5000 words, not including footnotes.


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.

The 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 Services Tax.

Additionally, Certificates of Participation shall be issued to all participants and winners.


The competition is open to all undergraduate and postgraduate students enrolled in any discipline in a recognized University/ College/ Institute in India. Co-authorship is allowed to a maximum of 2 authors.

Submission Deadline: June 15, 2018.


For any queries, drop an e-mail at gcls@gnlu.ac.in or contact:

  • Sanskriti Sanghi, Student Convenor, GNLU Centre for Law and Society at sanskriti.sanghi@gmail.com, +(91)-9650688996.
  • Yashi Saraswat, Student Co-ordinator, Law and Society Wing, GNLU Centre for Law and Society at yashilata@gmail.com, +(91)-9898238740.

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