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CIRC - National Essay Writing Contest on Competition Policy & Law and Economic Regulation in India

CUTS Institute for Regulation & Competition (CIRC) was established in 2008 by CUTS International with the mission to be a Centre of Excellence on Regulatory and Competition Issues. CIRC primarily focuses on economic regulation in infrastructure sectors, and competition policy and law with an objective of reaching out to the target audience in India and other developing countries in Asia and Africa. CIRC offers practical focus on educational and training programmes on economic regulation, and competition policy and law. The Institute aims to facilitate research to enhance understanding and explore inter-disciplinary linkages among the identified subjects. CIRC is striving hard in its endeavour to generate and disseminate knowledge on its thrust areas. Further, since its inception CIRC has taken varied initiatives to impart knowledge and train various stakeholders on these areas with aim to build capacity of these stakeholders, thus contributing to the economy in this knowledge intensive era.


  • The contest is open to post-graduate students from any discipline of social science.
  • The participants must hold an undergraduate degree
  • Students currently enrolled in a recognized university
  • Students who are undergoing five year integrated LLB degree and have successfully completed three years are also eligible to participate.
  • Joint submission is allowed. But all the participants must meet the above eligibility criteria.
  • Each participant can submit only one entry.


Competition Policy and Law

Economic Regulation

Five years of Competition Law regime in India

Emerging Trends in Economic Regulation (can be sector specific, e.g. Electricity, Telecom, Water, Transport, etc. or focused on any specific aspect or regulatory tool)

Competitive Neutrality and the Competition Law

Public Private Partnership for Infrastructure Development

Need for a National Competition Policy in India

Land & Environmental Regulation

Devising effective strategies for combating Cartel behaviour

Interface between sectoral regulators and other agencies

The essays submitted by the participants must be in 'English' language only. The essay must be typed in Microsoft Word with Times New Roman, Font size 12, 1.5 linear spacing, on A4 size paper with 2.56 CM margin on each side. The essays must be accompanied with a small abstract of not more than 300 words. Maximum size of the essay is limited to 4,000 words excluding footnotes. Citations/references should be provided in the footnotes and all footnotes shall be in OSCOLA.

Submission Procedure:
Each submission must include two cover pages. The first should include the paper's title and the participant's name, school/university, year of study, mail and email address, and phone number. The second page should include only the title of the essay and abstract.

Participants must email an electronic copy of their submission in Word format to Entries must be received by 15th February, 2015.

The participants submitting an entry in this essay contest need to affirm that the entry is his/her own work. Plagiarism can lead to outright rejection of submission and legal action.

CUTS Institute for Regulation & Competition (CIRC)
R-75, 1st Floor, Greater Kailash
New Delhi -110 048, India
Phone: +91-11-26463021/22/23
Fax: +91-11-40535921

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