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1st Libertatem National Essay Writing Competition

Libertatem Magazine is a Legal Awareness e-Magazine published monthly focusing on Legal News and Courtroom Updates.

About the Competition:
Based on the Media Group's vision to engage and aware people around us, we continuously bring in engaging news stories and courtroom updates which are both informative as well as essential for every common person out there.

We believe, the people we are surrounded with have a lot to express than just criticize everything that happens. We have a strong belief that everyone has his/her own perspective and a sound reasoning behind every criticism they have. We, at Libertatem Magazine, strive to unleash that inner belief and encourage people to put their opinions and views on the table where they can be discussed freely. That is where Libertatem comes in. We have named this magazine as Libertatem Magazine as the main concept of the Magazine is "Freedom of Speech & Expression". We respect everyone's right to speak. With this line of thought, we are gearing up to organize a series of Essay Writing Competition wherein everyone be it a Student or a Faculty, be it from Law or from Engineering, everyone is free to express their views / opinions on a given theme.


  • We look forward for participation from any students (Certifications / Diploma / UG / PG) from any stream from any Universities / Colleges / Institute in India
  • Multiple entries from one participant are not permitted
  • Co-authorship is not permitted

Is today's India jeopardising its Constitutional Principles?

Sub Theme:

  • Crisis of Seniority in the Supreme Court Elevations - The Cornerstone of Legislature and Judicial Relationship
  • The Debate around Article 35A of the Indian Constitution - Will it erode the Autonomy of Jammu & Kashmir?
  • The Nightmare of Assamese People - The NRC and the proposed Citizenship Amendment Bill
  • The Arrests of Activists - Is it an attack on Freedom of Speech or is justified in the name of National Security?
  • The Issue of 'Office of Profit' in the light of disqualification of 20 MLAs of the Aam Aadmi Party
  • "I am what I am, So take me as I am": Section 377 Verdict and the way forward

Mentioned above are broad themes and the participants are expected to work on any one of these. Participants are free to write on any specific topics concerning any one of these themes.

Submission Guidelines:

  • Essay must be written solely by the candidate, in English, and may not have been submitted for publication elsewhere.
  • Authors should not mention their name or any kind of identification mark in the manuscript. Any manuscript found to have any details of Authors shall be rejected.
  • Article shall not exceed 2000 words (excluding footnotes). Minimum word limit is 1,000 words.
  • All submissions have to be made in MS Word format and should be typed in Times New Roman, font size 12 pt and 1.5 Line Space.
  • Footnotes should follow the Bluebook 20th Edition and shall be typed in Times New Roman, font size 10 pt and 1 Line Space.
  • The Page Margins should be 1" or 2.54 cm on all sides.
  • All text should be aligned as Justified.
  • All the claims of the Authors, in the body of the manuscript, are expected to be backed by reasons along with proper citations and shall not be merely an assertion.
  • Submission should also mandatorily include the Author's view, in the conclusion, taking into considerations the aspects / contentions discussed throughout the manuscript.
  • Any violation of rules shall result in direct disqualification.
  • The essays will be scrutinized through plagiarism software. Only original essays will be considered for the competition. No part of it should have been published earlier nor should it be under consideration for publication or a contest elsewhere. Moreover, any form of plagiarism will result in disqualification of the essay.

Evaluation Criteria & Weightage:

  • Understanding of Legal Issues (20 Marks):
    • Does the essay demonstrate understanding of the relevant legal issues?
    • Individuality of Perspectives:
    • Does the essay show evidence of independent thinking on the part of the Author(s)?

  • Quality of Analysis (20 Marks):
    • Are the principle questions raised in the essay justified?
    • Are the arguments logical and persuasive?
    • Have counterclaims been considered?
    • Are the assumptions of the essay if made, justified and proper?

  • Quality of Research (20 Marks):
    • Good
    • Average
    • Poor

  • Formatting & Language (20 Marks):
    • Is the essay properly formatted?
    • Are the footnotes according to the Bluebook 20th Edition?
    • Are there any grammatical or spelling mistakes?

  • Suggestions & Recommendations (20 Marks):
    • Whether an appropriate solution or recommendation is made out at the end of the essay.


  • All the essays submitted shall be exclusive property of the Organisers.
  • Organisers shall be free to use the information / views there-in in any manner it requires.
  • No essay shall be entertained if received after the deadline.
  • Decision of Organisers in deciding the winner(s) shall be final and binding and No query, correspondence etc. in this regard shall be entertained by the Organisers.
  • Laws of India with jurisdiction of courts at Ahmedabad shall apply to this competition.


  • Essays incompatible with the above rules and submission guidelines will not be considered.
  • Submission of entries to the competition implies acceptance of the above terms and conditions by the participant(s).

Submission Procedure:

  • Participants are required to register for the 1st Essay Writing Competition by paying the Registration Fee from the website. (Link Mentioned Below)
  • Once the Registration is done, participants would receive a confirmation email from the event Organizers.
  • Participants would have to submit their essay using the Submission Form on the Event Website. (Link Mentioned Below)
  • The participants would have to submit their essay latest by 20th October 20, 2018 (11:59 PM) after which the submission form will close.
  • After submitting your essay, you will receive an automated confirmation email from the organizers.

Online Registration:

The participants are expected to register for the 1st Libertatem Essay Writing Competition by paying the registration fee of Rs. 300 before the Registration deadline i.e. 10th October, 2018.

Mode of Payment:
Registration Fee should be paid via our Payment Gateway using Credit Card / Debit Card / Net Banking / UPI or Wallet Services.

Procedure for Registration:

  • Participants need to Register by paying the Registration Fee of Rs. 300 using the above mentioned payment modes on the Registration Page.
  • After filling all details and the payment of Registration Fee, participant will receive an email confirming their Payment and will also be redirected to the Registration Confirmation Page.
  • Participants will then have time till 20th October, 2018 for submission of their Essay.
  • Once a participant is confirmed, there shall be no cancellation or refund.


  • 1st Position / Winner:
    • Rs. 5,000 Cash Prize
    • Paid Internship Opportunity at SKB & Associates, Kolkata with Stipend of Rs.3,000
    • Publication of essay in a Journal
    • Certificate of Publication
    • Certificate of Achievement

  • 2nd Position / First Runner-Up:
    • Rs. 3,000 Cash Prize
    • Publication of essay in a Journal
    • Certificate of Merit
    • Certificate of Publication

  • 3rd Position / Second Runner-Up:
    • Rs. 2,000 Cash Prize
    • Publication of essay in a Journal
    • Certificate of Publication
    • Certificate of Merit

  • 4th Position to 10th Position
    • Publication of essay in a Journal
    • Certificate of Publication

  • All other Participants
    • Certificate of Participation

Important Dates:

Registration Opens:

10th September, 2018

Registration Ends:

10th October, 2018

Submission Deadline:

20th October, 2018

Declaration of Result:

30th October, 2018

Libertatem National Essay Writing Competition

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