Essay Writing Competition by NLSIU’s LawSoc and CWL: Register by May 3

About the Organisations

The Law and Society Committee (LawSoc) is an Activity-Based Committee under the Constitution of the Student Bar Association, NLSIU. The Committee’s area of interest is conducting and facilitating research and activities relating to the convergence of legal and social fields.

The Centre for the Women and the Law (CWL) was set up at the very inception of the National Law School in 1988. The CWL endeavours to look at the law and the legal process from the perspective of gender justice and administer programs directed towards equal justice for women in Indian Society.

About the Competition

Amidst the growing menace of domestic violence due to the Pandemic and the lockdown, the organizers that are LawSoc and CWL are inviting submissions on the subject of ‘Domestic Violence – The Shadow Pandemic’ in English, Hindi or Kannada.

In the past few days, the numbers of domestic violence complaints received by the NCW, have significantly increased. This is inextricably linked to the COVID-19 outbreak and subsequent lockdown that was imposed to constrain the virus. The organizers had organized a panel discussion on this issue recently. The transcript of the event can be accessed here. A
report on the event can be accessed here for a brief account.

In light of this, this essay competition provides an opportunity for the authors to critically think about the issues of patriarchy, domestic violence and the state response to the same. The best submissions would also be considered for the publication in the annual journal which is published by the CWL.

About the Publication

An annual publication, The Gender Human Rights and Law, is brought out by the CWL to provide information on the development of the law through judicial decisions and statutes for those agencies working on women’s issues and for the empowerment of women.

In the light of the increasing incidents of domestic violence during the COVID-19 outbreak, the CWL will publish special publication dedicated to this issue. The best submissions received for the competition would find a place in this special publication.

All submissions should be made in a word document via an email to lawsoc[at] with the subject ‘Submission: GHRL Essay’.


The competition is being organized for all students pursuing recognized undergraduate and post-graduate degrees in law, public policy and social sciences. We also welcome submissions for the publication from researchers, practitioners and faculty.


The broad theme for the competition is ‘Domestic Violence – the Shadow Pandemic’. We are looking for contextually relevant, multidisciplinary and clear expositions and critical analysis of the contemporary challenges under following sub-themes:

  • Analyzing the utility of the Domestic Violence Act in light of contemporary pandemic.
  • Review of cases impacting the current framework of laws against Domestic Violence.
  • Socio-legal mechanisms to combat the newly emerged challenges of domestic violence.
  • Understanding the impact of gender and differences in challenges faced by various groups in the pandemic.

Important Dates

  • The interested participants can register themselves for the competition latest by 3rd May 2020 by filling this form.
  • The deadline for submitting the essay is 6 PM on 14th May 2020.
  • The results shall be declared within 10 days of the receipt of all the submissions.

Contact Details

E-mail ID: lawsoc[at]

For the brochure, click here.

NLSIU Essay Competition


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