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1st GNLU-ONGC International Essay Competition on International Contracts

The 1st ONGC - GNLU International Essay Competition on International Contracts on the theme "Recent Trends in International Contract, Jurisdictional Issues and the Global Commercial and Investment Governance" attempts to provide a platform for the law students for expressing their views on various aspects of International Contract and recent developments taking place across the globe in international transactions. The sub-themes / topics of the competition ensure to provide global relevance and encourage the participants to analyze and convey their thoughts and probable solutions on the topics.

Recent Trends in International Contract, Jurisdictional Issues and the Global Commercial and Investment Governance.

Sub-Topics / Sub-Themes:

  • Does the United Nations play any meaningful role or live up to the expectations of large majority of developing nations in the International Contract Formation?
  • Cross-border transactions and role of UNCITRAL
  • The UNCISG & UNCITRAL and International Trade Contracts
  • Recognition and validity of Electronic Contracts: Legislative Landscape in common law and civil law countries
  • Consumer Interest and Electronic Contracts: An Urgent Need for International Protocol
  • International Regulations in Punitive Sanctions for the Breach of Contract
  • Enforcement of awards resulting from dispute settlement of international contracts in
  • Indian Courts
  • Jurisdictional Issues in Settlement of Disputes of International Contracts: Latest Global Issues and Challenges
  • International Commercial Contracts and Protection of the Interests of Parties: A Sector Approach, i.e Infrastructure, Maritime Employment, Manufacturing Goods, Multimodal Transportation
  • Level playing field in negotiation and conclusion of international contracts between industrialised and developing countries
  • Important trends from the case-law of OECD countries and learning lessons for developing countries
  • International Contracts in Oil and Gas Sectors: Best Practices for the Public Sector Undertakings of India
  • Can tangible, realistic and measurable yardsticks constituting the Sustainable Development or Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) be made mandatory element of international contracts?
  • Importance of professional ethics and values in drafting, negotiating and concluding international contracts - Best Practices
  • The role of Good Faith and Fair Dealing in International Contracts

The competition is open to all students from India and/or abroad, pursuing full time undergraduate or post graduate Law Programme from a recognized University/College/Institution

Guidelines for Submission:

  • The essays must be submitted in English Language only.
  • The essays should be typed in Times New Roman, Font Size 12 with line spacing of 1.5.
  • The margins should be 1" or 2.54 cm on all sides.
  • The footnotes must be in Times New Roman, Font size 10 and line spacing of 1.
  • The citation must be according to OSCOLA Format ( or Harvard Bluebook 19th Edition.
  • The minimum word limit for the essay is 3000 words and maximum word limit is 5000 words (including footnotes).
  • The essay can be co-authored (maximum number ideally 2); however, each participant has to register separately.
  • Multiple entries by the same author are not permitted.
  • Only original work is invited and any kind of plagiarism will lead to disqualification.
  • The essays published elsewhere or selected for publication shall be disqualified.
  • The essays can be sent in '.doc' of '.docx' format.
  • The participants are required to send the following details in a separate word document along with the essay with a covering letter:
    • Name:
    • Address:
    • Name of the College / Institute / University:
    • Programme Enrolled & Year:
    • Email id:
    • Contact No:
  • Scanned Copy of College / University ID Card must also be sent along with the submission.

The essays must be submitted in soft copy and sent by email to with the subject line '1st GNLU - ONGC International Essay Competition on International Contracts' on or before 25th March, 2014.


  • 1st Prize: Rs. 7,000/-
  • 2nd Prize: Rs. 5,000/-
  • 3rd Prize: Rs. 3,000/-

Certificates will be issued to the Winners as well as to all participants.

Declaration of Result:
The winners will be notified by email and on the GNLU website on 15th April, 2014.


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