Call for Submissions

NLIU Media Law Essay Competition, 2015

The Cell for Studies in Media Law, NLIU Bhopal is going to organize the ‘NLIU Media Law Essay Competition, 2015’, which will be adjudged by the Alternative Law Forum.

Eligibility: Undergraduate students (Three year or Five Year Law Course) & Postgraduate students (LL.M.) are eligible to participate


  • Should there be nothing offensive about the right to offend?
  • Whoever controls the media controls the mind. When paid news masquerades as real news, what is the price of the truth in the media?
  • The importance of net neutrality and a free and open internet.
  • The press is there to “inform, educate and entertain”. While doing so it is meant to be “irreverent, unruly and opinionated”, (Lord Justice Leveson, An Inquiry into the Culture, Practices and Ethics of the Press, Executive Summary, November 2012, at p. 6). Does the Indian media need to be regulated? Who will regulate the media?
  • “…there ought to exist the fullest liberty of professing and discussing, as a matter of ethical conviction, any doctrine, however immoral it may be considered.”- John Stuart Mill Keeping in view the dynamic understanding of ‘obscenity’, is the law protecting the freedom of speech and expression of the content creators?

Registration fee: 500 INR

Formatting Guidelines

  1. Essays should be in English. Only original essays (not published earlier or extracted from other sources) will be accepted.
  2. The essay should be between 2000 to 4000 words (inclusive of footnotes).
  3. The essay is to be submitted in MS Word format, font Times New Roman, size 12, 1.5 line spacing.
  4. The footnote font size shall be 10 with line spacing 1.
  5. Style of citation to be used is Bluebook Citation (19th Edition 2010).
  6. A margin of 1 inch must be left on all four sides.

Submission Guidelines

  1. A soft copy of the essay should be submitted by e-mail to The subject of email shall be
  2. The email must contain the name of the author(s), name of the institution, year of study, contact address and phone number. The body of the essay should not contain any mention of the name of the author(s), contact details, or name of the institution. Entries found to be in violation of this rule will be disqualified.
  • Co-authorship to the extent of one co-author is permitted.


  • 1st Prize: Rs. 5000
  • 2nd Prize: Rs. 3000
  • 3rd Prize: Rs. 2000

Additionally, ‘special mention’ certificates would be announced on the recommendation of the panel of judges.

Certificates of Participation will be given to all participants.

Last Date for Submission of essay: 14th November 2015 (11:59 pm).

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