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Indian National Bar Association (INBA) Novartis Debate 2015

Indian National Bar Association (INBA) invites Law Students of Maharashtra State for the INBA Novartis Debate 2015

Date: 8th September, 2015
Venue: University Convocation Hall, Fort, Mumbai University, Mumbai

Who should attend?
The competition shall be open to all students pursuing LL.B (3 or 5 years Law Course) and LL.M programs from any institution recognized by the Bar Council of India. The college must be based in Maharashtra.

Cash Prizes:

  • Best Speaker for the motion - Cash Prize of Rs. 50,000
  • Best Speaker Against the motion - Cash Prize of Rs. 50,000

Debate Format:

  • Step 1: Submission of Abstract: Students are invited to submit a 500 word Abstract on the Motion. They can decide to take a position either "For the Motion" or "Against the Motion".
  • Step 2: Live Debate: 8 Speakers would be selected based on the above Abstracts (4 Speakers For the Motion and 4 Speakers Against the Motion) to appear for a Live Debate at the University Convocation Hall, Fort Mumbai on 8th September, 2015.

Rules for Submission of Abstract:

  • The word limit for the abstract is 500 words (excluding footnotes).
  • Submit ONLY a soft copy via email to with "Submission/IP Debate Abstract" in the subject line
  • Each submission email should contain, the Abstract as well as scanned copy of Student ID card as issued by the institution.
  • The cover page of the submission should contain the following details only:
    • Name of Participant - Contact Number
    • Email ID - Institution
    • Course and Year of Study - Permanent Address
    • Title of the Abstract

  • The main body of the Abstract should not carry any mention of the name, contact details, or the name of the institution or it shall lead to immediate disqualification.
  • Co authorship is not permitted.
  • The soft copy of the Abstract should be submitted in MS Word file (.doc/.docx).
  • All students are expected to acknowledge the primary source(s) of information.
  • Multiple entries by an individual shall not be permitted, and shall lead to disqualification.
  • Last date of Submission shall be 14th August, 2015.
  • The 8 Finalists shall be selected by a panel and informed individually by 1st September, 2015 and will have to appear for the Live Debate on 8th September, 2015 at the University Convocation Hall, Fort Mumbai
  • The final prize winners would be decided by a jury at the Live Debate on 8th September, 2015 and declared at the event.

General Rules:

  • Any Abstract found to be plagiarised shall be disqualified.
  • The participants are responsible for the originality of the work and agree to indemnify INBA from and against any claims, suits and damages based on any claim of copyright infringement or plagiarism or unauthorized use.
  • If at any point in time it comes to light that an infringement or plagiarism has taken place, the certificates issued will be revoked, the prize called back and the said occurrence will be mentioned on the web and through media.
  • Any previously published material shall not be accepted.
  • Footnotes may not be substituted as endnotes, for it shall lead to disqualification.
  • In case of a tie, the decision shall be reserved by INBA.

Guidelines for Formatting:

  • Page Margins: 1 inch on all sides
  • Body of Essay
  • Font Type: Times New Roman
  • Font Size: 12 pts
  • Line spacing: Double spacing with '0 pts.' before and after
  • Alignment: Justified


  • Font Type: Times New Roman
  • Font Size: 10 pts
  • Line spacing: Single spacing with '0 pts.' before and after
  • Alignment: Justified
  • Style: ILI Delhi Rules of Footnoting

Ms. Archana Agarwal
Phone: +91-9971532995, +91-8285710651

Mr. Manuj Bhardwaj
Chair, Section for Law Students (INBA)
Phone: +91-75035-90342

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