The U.S. Consulate General Chennai in collaboration with Loyola College, Chennai is conducting “A U.S. – India Comparative Constitutional Law Debate” scheduled to culminate with a final debate competition in Chennai on September 14, 2019.
Engaging students across South India, this project will showcase the Constitutions of the United States and India, underscoring democratic guarantees of a citizen’s right to life, free, property, and speech. The debate will deliberate on contemporary issues in the context of the U.S. and Indian Constitutional laws.
The aim of the project is to enable the participants to better understand and appreciate the nuances of the U.S. and Indian Constitutions. The project involves the following four highly recognized law institutions in South India. Four regional debates will be conducted in the following cities, Bengaluru (Karnataka), Kochi (Kerala), Trichy (South Tamil Nadu), and Chennai (Chennai and Puducherry) to maximize the geographic reach of the selection process.
|1||Friday, July 26||The National University of Advanced Legal Studies, Kochi, Kerala|
|2||Friday, August 2||The National Law School of India University (NLSIU), Bengaluru, Karnataka|
|3||Friday, August 9||The Tamil Nadu National Law University, Tiruchirappalli|
|4||Monday, August 19||The Tamil Nadu Dr. Ambedkar Law University, Chennai|
|5||Saturday, September 14||Loyola College, Chennai
The top two winners (16 participants) from the above four centres will participate in the final debate competition.
A workshop on U.S. Constitution by Professor Mark Tushnet, Harvard Law School and on the Indian Constitution by Dr. Abhinav Chandrachud, Attorney, High Court of Mumbai will precede the final debates. The final debate will be followed by a grand award ceremony and a networking reception on September 14, 2019.
We are also excited to inform that the winner of the debate gets a MacbookPro as the first prize loaded with SCC online global + HeinOnline along with a trophy and certificate.
To aid the participant’s preparation, the below YouTube videos and documents have been provided.
- History of the U.S. Constitution (video)
- First Amendment (video)
- Judicial Review/Due Process (video)
- Constitution of the United States- Video briefing
- Constitution of the United States- A Reading List
In addition, a list of online materials, books and DVDs available at the American Center, Chennai and select law review materials will
be provided to the participant.
To register for this event, please contact the POC of the university nearest to you.
National University of Advanced Legal Studies, Kochi
Dr. Mini. S | Email: [email protected]
National Law School of India University, Bengaluru
Ms. Padmavathi | Email: [email protected]
Tamil Nadu National Law University, Tiruchirappalli
Ms. Amrisha Tripathi | Email: [email protected]
Tamil Nadu Dr. Ambedkar Law University, Chennai
Prof. Ranjit | Email: [email protected]