About the National Law University, Delhi
Over the years, the Legal Services Committee of National Law University Delhi has been involved in fostering legal aid and awareness. While previously our focus was on spreading awareness about rights and facilitating access to courts, from this year the Committee has expanded its domain to also ensure access to government institutions.
About the Competition
The Legal Service Committee is pleased to inform you all that it is launching its own quarterly newsletter which will cover upcoming events, changes, developments and happenings in the field of Legal Aid.
The newsletter is one of its kind in India and through this initiative in the legal aid arena, the committee aims to reconnect with the people and agencies working in the field, academicians, lawyers and law students. The first issue would be released in July with the theme, ‘Challenges to Legal Aid in times of the COVID – 19 pandemic’.
To commemorate the launch of the newsletter, the committee has planned to organise two competitions, namely:
- Project Innovation Challenge
- Rights, Camera and Caption
Rules for Project Innovation Challenge
In ‘Project Innovation Challenge’, participants have to come up with an idea for a project which could be taken up by the Legal Services Committees or other organisations to mitigate the direct or indirect effect of COVID-19 and the lockdown. The project should have some legal nexus and an element of legal aid to it.
The participants must justify that the project could assist in solving or reducing the effects of a problem/challenges arising in COVID-19 times. The problems could be a direct or indirect result of COVID-19 and would include problems caused by pandemic to Non-COVID patients as well.
While coming up with a project, participants should be mindful of the resources which would be required to execute the project, its sustainability, practicality, scalability, innovation, creativity, efficiency, and whether it could be executed by students.
Students could participate in this project individually or in groups. The maximum number of participants in a group cannot exceed 4. The maximum word limit for submissions is 1000 words, with diagrams being permitted. All submissions must be made in a word document. The following heads must be included in the project. Any additional appropriate heads could be added by the participants:
- Description of Project
- Workforce Required
- Logistics (Financial, Personnel, Infrastructure, etc.)
- Social Impact
- Feasibility, Scalability and Sustainability
Rules for Rights Camera Action
- Through this competition, we plan to recognize and reward entries in the form of visual representations (Cartoons, Caricatures, Photographs and Pictures) that highlight social issues and stigmas to raise awareness and sensitivity around them. The theme of the Newsletter is ‘Challenges to Legal Aid in Times of COVID-19 Pandemic’, participants are encouraged to submit entries that focus on the pandemic situation.
- If entries are in the form of cartoons/caricatures, it would be preferable if the submissions are made in .jpg, .png, .svg format. For pictures and photographs, there are no specific format requirements.
- Participants may also form teams of two.
- Submissions must be static/still images with no Flash or other animation.
- The cartoon/caricature/photos/pictures must be the original work of the participant and should not violate any provisions of the Indian Copyright Act, 1957. The entries should not infringe upon any intellectual property rights. Any evidence of the same will result in disqualification.
- A written declaration to the effect that the work is original must be submitted along with the entries.
- Captions/texts, if any, could be in English or any other vernacular language. If the participant uses a vernacular language, a translation for the same should be provided in English/Hindi.
- Apart from that, a brief description (not exceeding 50 words) of the context/concept/rationale behind the cartoon/caricature/photographs/pictures should be presented in English/ Hindi.
- The entries/submissions will be judged based on their creativity and originality, and how well they convey the respective idea.
Students pursuing the three or five-year LL.B. course from any Law school/ college/ university in India are eligible to participate. Students pursuing their LL.M. from any Law school/college/university are eligible to participate.
The final date of Submission is 10th July, 2021.
The First place winners from both the competitions would be featured in the newsletter and first, second and third placeholders will be awarded cash prizes worth Rs. 2000, Rs. 1000 and Rs. 500 respectively. Please note, in the case of group submissions, the prize money of that respective position would be split equally amongst the group members.
The entries/submissions will be assessed for the award by a panel constituted by the committee for this purpose. The decision of the panel will be final and binding on all participants.