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2nd NLS Law and Technology Legislative Analysis Competition 2013-14

The Law and Technology Society, National Law School of India University, Bangalore is proud to present the 2nd NLS Law and Technology Legislative Analysis Competition 2013-14.

The 2nd edition of this national level competition aims to continue the effort to involve students in research and analysis on pending bills that blur the interface between law and technology.

There are two bills for the consideration of the participants:

  • The National Identification Authority of India Bill, 2010
  • The Electronic Delivery of Services Bill, 2011

The participant is expected to submit a paper on either of the two bills analysing the various issues (legal, economic, policy, etc.) vis--vis the bills. The account should be a comprehensive one and originality would be weighed in the participant's favour.

Submission Guidelines:

  • The word limit for the paper is 2500 words (to be followed strictly). The same would not include footnotes, bibliography, etc, and shall be applicable only to the main body of the submission.
  • The font to be used is Times New Roman, size 12 and the line spacing should be 1.5.
  • Any source resorted to has to be duly cited. Any mode of citation would be acceptable as long as uniformity is maintained throughout the paper.
  • The cover page of the submission must contain the name of the Bill being analyzed and should clearly state the exact word count of the main body.
  • Names or other individual identifiers of the participant or any indication of the college or university, must not be mentioned anywhere in the submission.
  • Any kind of plagiarism would attract immediate disqualification. The submissions would be subject to plagiarism-check mechanism.
  • Co-authorship is allowed.
  • Non-compliance with any of the rules can lead to disqualification or deduction of marks.

Submission Details:

  1. The entries have to be mailed at ltech.nls@gmail.com. The submissions have to be made in the PDF format.
  2. The subject of the email should be 'Legislative Analysis Competition: Name of the bill analyzed'.
  3. The email must contain the Name of the Participant, College Name, Year and Contact Number.

Deadline:
The deadline for the submission of the paper is 5:00 PM on 20th October, 2013. No submissions made after the deadline would be accepted.

Judging and Criteria:
The nature of writing expected in a legislative analysis is slightly different from a conventional law review article or a comment on a judicial decision. Participants are expected to critically examine the legislative intent rather than merely identifying and describing it from a chosen perspective. Since the legislative process is meant to account for a broad range of interests, the analysis of pending bills should also reflect the participants' ability to examine the content from different points of view. Furthermore, the discussion of the specific provisions in the chosen bill must be neatly tied in to a broader stakeholder analysis.

Prizes:

  1. The students with the best entries would be offered an opportunity to intern with PRS Legislative Research Organization (http://www.prsindia.org/aboutus/objectives/) and Centre for Internet and Society (http://cis-india.org/)
  2. The best paper submitted would be considered for publication in the Indian Journal of Law and Technology (IJLT) at the Board's discretion.
  3. Prizes to be won: Rs. 5000/- each for the best entry on either bill.

Contact:
Ms. Annie Jain
Phone: +91-7406392695

Ms. Lavanya Chawla
Phone: +91-9916262081

The Law and Technology Society,
National Law School of India University,
Nagarbhavi, Bangalore - 560072
Email: ltech.nls@gmail.com
Website: http://www.nls.ac.in

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