January 23, 2022

Weera Centre International Legal Essay Competition: Submit by Sep 30

About the Organiser

Weeramantry Centre for Peace, Justice and International Law, India is dedicated to the memory of Late Professor Judge Christopher Weeramantry (1926-2017) who served as Judge of the International Court of Justice (1991-2000).

About the Essay Competition

The Call for Submissions is issued with the following assumptions:

  1. COVID-19 pandemic has exposed deep-seated biases in our democracy against vulnerable sections of our population.
  2. Law remains one of the best tools to understand, respond and mitigate some of these biases.
  3. Any submission is, therefore, expected to either address or critique both assumptions. It can range from identification of the issue to forging a valid response to it.

Authors are expected to critically engage with the legal and policy responses by the jurisdiction of their choice. They can also:

  1. Explore the impact of COVID-19 on civil rights and liberties.
  2. Assess the role and importance of Internationalism, International Law and International Organisations.
  3. Connect the jurisdictional response with the international legal setup.

This is however not a list of superimpositions of ideas. Authors are free to frame and/or identify additional perspectives without losing upon the undertone of justice in their arguments.


Submissions are open to any presently enrolled graduate/post-graduate law student whose thoughts resonate with the Concept Note to this call. The institution where the participant author belongs, to must be recognised by the appropriate authority of the respective State.


COVID-19 and the ‘States’ of Inequalities


  1. Winner: Rs. 25000 + Winning Memento + Winner’s Certificate.
  2. Separate certificates shall also be awarded to the runner up and first runner up.
  3. The top three entries shall also be offered publication in the Journal of International Law and Comity, the flagship journal of Weera Centre.
  4. E-Certificate of Appreciation shall be awarded to the top ten entries.
  5. E-Certificate of Participation shall be awarded to all the participants.

How to Submit?

  1. The submission shall comprise of a soft copy of the essay in both word and PDF formats, and Identity card of the University/Institution (scanned copy or a simple picture).
  2. At no place should the body of an essay contain details of the author(s). Copy of the identity card should be sent as a separate attachment.
  3. Entries should be sent to [email protected] with the subject titled: “Submission for Second Weera Centre Essay Competition”.
  4. The final date for submission is 30th September 2020.

Registration Fee

There is no registration fee for participating in the competition.

Contact Information

E-mail ID: [email protected]

The website link of Weeramantry Centre for Peace, Justice and International Law is here.

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