GNLU’s 4th Essay Competition on Law and Society 2019 [Prizes Worth Rs. 30K, Internships]: Submit by Aug 12

About GCLS

Established in 2015, the GNLU Centre for Law and Society (GCLS) seeks to undertake research, legal studies and fieldwork at the confluence of law and society and to provide legal assistance through a variety of methods, including traditional casework, summary advice, self-help, community legal education, community development and policy reform initiatives. The Centre functions as a focal point for research on law and society, and law and legal institutions.

About the Competition

In order to encourage further research that determines how effective certain policies are in realising the goals of law, the centre initiated the Annual Essay Completion on Law & Society in 2016. The Centre hereby invites essays for the 4th edition of its essay competition organized under the able guidance of Prof. Upendra Baxi and in collaboration with reputed firms and organizations such as L&L (formerly Luthra), SFLC, Tandem Research and CSJ.

The theme of the competition is “Algorithms, Law & Democracy”.


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

Only one submission per author shall be entertained.

Co-authorship by a maximum of 2 students is permitted.

  1. In the wake of a Big Brother State: Surveillance and Privacy vis-à-vis section 69 of the Information Technology Act
  2. Algorithmic Bias and the Ethics of Artificial Intelligence
  3. Artificial Intelligence and Intellectual Property Rights: Challenges new technology poses to the existing legal framework
  4. The Emergence of Big Data and Surveillance: How has Data-driven Policing changed law enforcement?
  5. The Internet of Things: How should the Law keep pace?
  6. Issues of Responsibility and Liability in Artificial Intelligence and Algorithmic Platforms
  7. The changing contours of Citizenship through Artificial Intelligence
  8. The politics and power in Algorithmic Infrastructures

Word limit – 4500-6000 words


Category: Law Students

1st Prize:

INR 10, 000

Internship at Luthra & Luthra Law Offices

Publication in the Law & Society Review

2nd Prize:

INR 5,000

Internship at Software Freedom Law Centre

Publication in the Law & Society Review

Category: Non-law Students

1st Prize:

INR 10, 000

Internship at Tandem Research

Publication in the Law & Society Review

2nd Prize:

INR 5,000

Internship at the Centre for Social Justice

Publication in the Law & Society Review

Certificates will be issued to all participants and winners.

Submission Procedure
  1. The essays must be sent by email to [email protected] with the subject ‘4th GNLU Essay Competition on Law and Society, 2019’.
  2. The body of the e-mail must specify the name(s) of the author(s).
  3. The participants are required to send the following details in a separate word document attached to the e-mail, and also fill them in the Google form: Submission & Author Details
  • Sub-theme Chosen
  • Title of the Essay
  • Name of the author(s), College/Institute/University of the author(s), programme enrolled, and year of study of the author(s)
  • The e-mail address and contact no. of the author(s)​
  • The essay may be attached in ‘.doc’ or ‘.docx’ format.

There is no requirement of registration formalities to be completed in order to participate in the competition. No registration fee is to be paid for the same.


For any queries, you may leave us an e-mail at [email protected] or contact:

1. Saurabh Anand,

Director, Centre for Law and Society,

Contact: +918128650808; [email protected]

2. Zaid Deva,

Student Convener, Centre for Law and Society,

Contact: +91 9419061802; [email protected]

3. Yashi Saraswat,

Student Coordinator, Law and Society Wing, Centre for Law and Society,

Contact: +91 9898238740; [email protected]

4. Keertana Venkatesh,

Student Co-Coordinator, Law and Society Wing, Centre for Law and Society,

Contact: +91 9743564868; [email protected]

For more information on the submission guidelines, submission procedure and important rules, please click here.



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