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NLSIU H.M. Seervai Gold Medal Essay Competition in Constitutional Law, 2017


The National Law School of India University (NLSIU), Bangalore instituted in the year 1997 a Gold Medal in the name of the distinguished jurist, late H.M. Seervai for the best original essay written on the themes specified in Indian Constitutional Law. Over the years since 1997, this essay writing competition has become a prestigious event for the law students all over India. The significant rise every year in the number of contributions from the student community shows their mark of respect and tribute to one of the greatest legal luminaries of our country – H.M. Seervai.

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The topic of the Essay:

The topic of the Essay is “Expansive interpretation of the term ‘life’ under article 21”.

Eligible Students

The Competition is open only for LL.B. / B.A., LL.B. / BBA, LLB. students studying in any of the recognised Law Schools / Colleges / Departments of the Universities in India. The student whose essay on the chosen theme is adjudged to be the best, will be awarded a Gold Medal at the Annual Convocation of NLSIU, Bangalore.

How to Apply:

The essay should be original (not published earlier or extracted from other sources) in English, not exceeding 10,000 words (approximately 30 double space typed pages, New Times Roman, font size 12) including footnotes and references, typed on one side of the A4 size papers. We request you to staple all the pages with an additional white page for first (title cover) and last page. Use of plastic wrappers and spiral bounds are discouraged. (Co-authorship is not permitted).

Four (hard) copies of the essay should be sent to the following address on or before Saturday, the 10th June, 2017. The students are also required to write their name, address, contact mobile no. on the Essays. The Examination Officer Examination Department National Law School of India University Nagarbhavi, Bangalore – 560 072 Tel: 080-23160525; Email id: examdept-at-nls.ac.in

A soft copy of the same should also be sent to hmse-at-nls.ac.in by 12.00 pm on 20th June, 2017 through their respective email ids only, to facilitate future correspondences. Students should also produce a bonafide certificate through the Principal or Head of the institution. The envelopes containing the essay should be properly sealed and superscribed – “HM Seervai Gold Medal Essay Competition”.

The NLSIU may award Certificates of Merit to select essays which receive the commendation from the panel of judges. Essay may also be considered for publication by NLSIU. For any further information or clarification, please contact Prof. T.V. Subba Rao, Tel. No. 080-23160525, 23160532 / 33 – Email : subbarao-at-nls.ac.in.

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