January 23, 2022

Essay Competition on International Law by NUJS’s SILP [Cash Prizes worth Rs 10K]: Submit by Jan 31


About the WBNUJS

The West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences (WBNUJS) is a premier national law university consistently ranked as one of India’s top legal educational institutions. It was established under the WBNUJS Act, 1999 (West Bengal Act IX of 1999). It is a university within the meaning of subsection (f) of Section 2 and Section 12-B of the UGC Act, 1956, and has permanent affiliation from the Bar Council of India.

With a rich set of faculty and students from diverse backgrounds, drawn from almost all corners of India, the academic community of the law school has made a name for itself in more than one field of law. The Chief Justice of India is the Chancellor of NUJS and is also the Chairman of the General Council, the supreme policy-making body of the University. Under the current guidance of its Vice-Chancellor, Prof. (Dr.) Nirmal Kanti Chakrabarti, one of the most respected and renowned legal scholars in India and backed by a rich and diverse faculty, the University strives to continue with its history of merit in various domains of law. 

About the SLIP

The Society of International Law and Policy (‘SILP’) of the National University of Juridical Sciences is an academic society that seeks to create awareness about contemporary international issues of legal importance. It seeks to develop a synergy between law and policy at the international level while recognizing that geopolitical trends in the transnational space have impacts at the municipal level.

About the Essay Competition

National University of Juridical Sciences’ SILP (Society for International Law and Policy) is organizing its 1st NUJS SILP Essay Competition on International Law

The 1st NUJS SILP Essay Competition: Participants in this pan-India essay competition stand a chance to win cash prizes, publication opportunities, and merit certificates from NUJS.

This essay competition seeks to further discourse on relevant topics in contemporary international law.


Open to undergraduate students in any course and post-graduate (LL.B/LL.M) Law students from any recognized University/College/Law School in India. 

Co-authorship up to two authors is permitted. 


  • Ecocide as International Crime: Bold Reform or Empty Rhetoric?
  • Communitarian Interest in International Law 
  • Succession of States in respect of State Responsibility
  • Fragmentation of International Law: Challenges and Prospects
  • Critical International Law: Recent Trends

Formatting Guidelines

  • Font: Time News Roman `
  • Font Size: 12
  • Spacing: 1.5
  • Margin: One inch on all sides
  • Paper size: A4
  • Wrod Limit:
    • Minimum Word Limit: 2000
    • Maximum word Limit: 2500 (excluding footnotes, kindly avoid using speaking footnotes)
  • Citation style: OSCOLA 4th Edition.
  • Citation Font Size: 10 
  • Spacing: 1.0
  • Citation Font: Times New Roman 
  • Do not include any pictures or other illustrations in the essay
  • All essays have to be in English

Submission Guidelines

  • All submissions will undergo strict online plagiarism check.
  • Special consideration will be placed upon originality, applicability and feasibility of the arguments/ suggestions made in the essay and the depth of research.
  • The copyright in the legislative draft submitted by the participating teams shall vest with the Society of International Law and Policy. Further, The Society of International Law and Policy shall not be responsible for any liability accrued to any person or for any loss caused to any person because of the content of the essay submitted.
  • In case of any dispute, the decision of the Directors of the Society of International Law and Policy and National University of Juridical Sciences will be final.
  • Submission of the essays will take place via a google form –
  • It is the responsibility of each Team to ensure that the “.docx” copy of the submission can be opened legibly with Microsoft Office 2010 or Microsoft Office 2007 and the “.pdf” copy of the submission can be opened legibly with Adobe Acrobat Reader.
  • The form will also collect details of the participants’ names, phone numbers, email addresses and name of their College/ University, and course undertaken along with their year of study. 
  • To submit, Click here


  • 1st place: Rs 5,000 and merit certificate 
  • 2nd place: Rs 3,000 and a merit certificate 
  • 3rd place: Rs 2,000 and a merit certificate 
  • The top ten entries will be published on the SILP Blog or be released as a special edited volume. 

Important Dates

  • Date of topic release: December 15, 2021
  • Submission of Essays: January 31, 2022 
  • Result Declaration: March 1, 2022


Email Address: [email protected].

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