IDIA UP Chapter Essay Writing Competition 2020: Submit by April 8

About IDIA

IDIA started out as a student-run movement in 2010. Today, IDIA Charitable Trust is a registered trust, comprising the following trustees: Justice Ruma Pal (a former Supreme Court judge); Prof. (Dr.) M.P. Singh (a leading legal scholar); and Mr. Shishira Rudrappa (Director, Spire Capital).

It was started by the late Prof. (Dr.) Shamnad Basheer, the founder and the brain behind IDIA. Our operations team comprises of an Executive Vice President and a team of Directors, and a strong network of more than 600 student volunteers across 23 different states of India.

We are also guided by a strong body of advisors and partners, comprising leading names from the legal profession, academia, industry, civil society and government.


The primary objective of this competition is to encourage law students across various colleges in India, through a quality competition, to develop original and creative thinking on some of the important contemporary legal issues.

To raise funds for the IDIA Uttar Pradesh Chapter. All the proceeds collected shall be fully applied to funding the day-to-day operations of the Chapter.

Registration fees: Rs. 100/- and in case of co-author Rs. 150/-


  • Constitutional Validity of the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019
  • Iran-US Tussle from an International Law Perspective
  • Striking Down of Article 370 of the Indian Constitution
  • Balancing RTI with Judicial Independence
  • Realization of LGBTQ+ Rights
  • Judicial Expansion of the Scope of Article 21 of the Constitution
  • The validity of the Death Penalty: Can It be Struck Down?
  • Regulation of Artificial Intelligence
  • Balancing Protection of Fundamental Rights and Implementing the Directive Principles
  • Cyber Crime and Ethics

Please note that the aforementioned sub-themes are indicative in nature. Participants are free to submit on any legal topic of contemporary relevance.

Eligibility Criteria

Authors must be pursuing their 5-year integrated LL.B. (Hons.) course/3-year LL.B. course/LL.M. from any recognised university in India and equivalent undergraduate law degree, abroad for the academic year of 2019-2020, to be eligible to participate in the competition.

Structure & Prizes

All entries will be judged and ranked by a peer-review system. Selected entries shall be published on the RMLNLU Law Review Blog. All entries shall receive a certificate for participation. The top ten entries shall also receive certificates of merit. In addition, the winning entry shall be awarded INR 1,000/-.

Participation Guidelines

  • Co-authorship of entries (maximum two) among individuals from the same or different institutions is allowed.
  • Multiple entries for the same authors are not allowed.
  • A participant may submit an entry related to one theme only. One may not juxtapose multiple themes in an entry.
  • Entries should be original, unpublished and non-plagiarised.

Mode of Registration

Please register via the following google form: click here. The payment details will be sent to you on your registered email address.

Submission Guidelines

  • Word limit: 1500-2500 words (excluding footnotes).
  • Individual attachments: Name; contact details; current academic status (Year, University etc.); undertaking as to guarantee of originality.
  • Citation style: Uniform style of citation should be followed throughout the essay.
  • The file name must consist only of the author’s name.
  • Entries should be emailed to essay.idia[at] under the subject title “Entry for IDIA Essay Writing Competition – [Name(s) of Author(s)]” in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) format.
  • The last date for the submission is April 8, 2020.

Formatting specifications

  • Font and size for the essay: Times New Roman | 12
  • Font and size for footnotes: Times New Roman | 10
  • Line spacing: 1.5

Miscellaneous Rules

The copyright for all entries shall vest with the organisers who herewith reserve the right to modify, postpone or defer the competition and its adjudication indefinitely as and when exigencies of an unforeseen nature may arise.

Any attempt, direct or indirect, to contact the panel of judges will be met with the immediate disqualification of the relevant entry.
3. Any indication of the author’s name or university in the entry shall lead to immediate disqualification from the competition.

Contact Details

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