3rd GNLU Essay Competition on Law and Society 2018; Submit by 15 June


The Centre for Law and Society, Gujarat National Law University has great pleasure in announcing the 3rd edition of the GNLU Essay Competition on Law and Society, 2018, a national-level essay competition being organized under the able guidance of Prof. Upendra Baxi.

In recent times, the Supreme Court of India has passed numerous decisions having momentous social, economic and political ramifications. Drawing from historical, philosophical, political, sociological and economic sources, legal interpretation is no longer practiced as a static affair, but has led to passing of judgments which are pertinent, relevant and effective. This has led to the question as to whether usage of social tools or realities is an accepted method of interpreting the Constitution and statutory provisions. Development of jurisprudence along these lines necessitates socio-legal analysis of judicial developments to assess the methodology used, 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.

In order to encourage further research and reflections along these lines, the GNLU Centre for Law and Society is organizing the 3rd edition of the essay competition on the theme “The Careful Questioning of Socio-Legal Premises”. 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 Identity of a Parsi Woman

8. The Extent of India’s Adherence to Humanitarian Principles

Eligibility: The competition is open to all undergraduate and postgraduate students enrolled in any discipline in a recognized University/ College/ Institute in India.

Submission: June 15, 2018

Prizes: Cash Prizes up to INR 30,000 are up for grabs. Winners will also be offered internships by Luthra & Luthra Law Offices, Verist Law Offices, LawLex, Centre for Social Research, ActionAid and Centre for Social Justice. They will also be offered Certificate Courses of their choosing out of the specified courses offered by Enhelion. Certificates will be issued to all participants and winners.

For further details, please refer to the Information Brochure attached or visit http://gclsessay.weebly.com/. For any queries, drop us an e-mail at [email protected] or contact:

1. Ms. Sanskriti Sanghi, Student Convenor, GNLU Centre for Law and Society, Mobile: +91-9650688996; [email protected]

2. Ms. Yashi Saraswat, Student Coordinator, Law and Society Wing, GNLU Centre for Law and Society, Mobile: +91 9898238740; [email protected]

Download Brochure here

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