9th Durga Das Basu Essay Competition by Constitutional Law Society, WBNUJS: Submit by Mar 15

The Constitutional Law Society of the West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata (NUJS) is pleased to announce the 9th Durga Das Basu Essay Competition.

About the Constitutional Law Society of NUJS

The Constitutional Law Society (‘CLS’) is an academic society that was constituted in 2012 by interested students and our faculty advisor, the former Vice-Chancellor, to assist the understanding of Constitutional Law. Its objective is to further knowledge and create a supportive environment for academic discussions and thought about constitutional matters.

The CLS has successfully organized several events, including quizzes, mock parliaments, lectures, and discussions by eminent scholars on topics of the constitutional law of contemporary as well as historic relevance. We are associated with the D.D. Basu Trust which organizes an annual essay writing competition and an endowment lecture, currently in its 12th Edition. Similarly, the M K Nambyar Lecture is also organized by the CLS, currently in its 6th Edition. In the past, we have hosted luminaries in the field such as K.K. Venugopal, Upendra Baxi, and Catherine MacKinnon among others.

About the Competition

The Constitutional Law Society of the West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata (NUJS) is organizing the Ninth Durga Das Basu Essay Competition. This competition is organised annually and supported by the University.


The theme for this year is ‘The Right to Protest‘. Participants are free to focus on or narrow down the scope of their submissions to sub-themes. However, participants must ensure that their submissions primarily derive from and focus on constitutional law.


Some indicative sub-themes are as follows:

  • Locating the Right to Protest in Part III of the Constitution
  • Defining the contours of the Right to Protest
  • Defending the Right to Protest in the Digital Age
  • Use of Anti-Terror Laws Against Protestors
  • Topical discussions surrounding recent protests

Registration Fee

There is no registration fee. The minimum word limit is 4000 words, and the maximum word limit is 5000 words (inclusive of footnotes). Please look through the rules for further details.


  • Winning First Entry: Rs 5000 and merit certificate
  • Second place: Rs 3000 and a merit certificate
  • Third place: Rs 2000 and a merit certificate

How to Send?

Please send your entries to ddbasuessaywritingcompetition[at]gmail.com.

Submission Deadline

The deadline for submission is 11:59 PM on March 15, 2021.

Contact Information

Please feel free to email on nujs.cls[at]gmail.com in case you need any further clarifications.


Click here for the rules of the competition.

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