CIRIL, NLSIU Bangalore, invites you to participate in its first-ever Essay Competition on International Trade Law, 2022. The competition aims to harness the vivid potential of students across the country and allow them to contribute to the discourse on various pressing issues in the field of International Trade Law. 


About the Organizers: The Council for International Relations and International Law (CIRIL) of the National Law School of India University (NLSIU), Bangalore, aims to promote knowledge of international law and international relations in the student community. This year we conducted a talk by Mr. Vikram Raghavan, lead counsel at the World Bank for conflicts, refugees, and macroeconomics, on the importance of economics for lawyers in the global system. We have also hosted a panel discussion on careers in international law with experts like Neha Jain (Professor of Public International Law, EUI Florence), Nandan Nelivigi (Partner, White & Case, New York), Gitanjali Brandon (Indian Foreign Service officer), Anjolie Singh (Counsel, International Court of Justice). In May 2021, we conducted a session on the Rohingya Refugee Crisis, aimed at dissecting the international legal implications of the same.


About our Collaborators


About the Centre for Trade and Investment Law (CTIL)The Centre for Trade and Investment Law (CTIL) was established in the year 2016 by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India, at the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT). The Centre’s primary objective is to provide sound and rigorous analysis of legal issues pertaining to international trade and investment law to the Government of India and other governmental agencies. The Centre is aiming to create a dedicated pool of legal experts who could provide technical inputs for enhancing India’s participation in international trade and investment negotiations and dispute settlement. The Centre also aims to be a thought leader in the various domains of international economic law such as WTO law, international investment law and legal issues relating to economic integration.


About the Eastern Book Company and SCC (Knowledge Partner)EBC is a publishing house of international repute and an acknowledged leader in the field of law publishing in India for more than 75 years. EBC publishes a wide range of legal commentaries, student texts, law reports and digests, and its products include pioneering works both in the print and electronic medium. With a list of over 550 authoritative and well-known titles, it is well recognised for its contribution to legal literature worldwide. Reliable and comprehensive law reporting of the Supreme Court of India has been achieved through EBC’s weekly law report since 1969, the Supreme Court Cases. Now running into nearly 300 volumes, it is the leading law report of India with a very wide circulation and readership. Its high quality and meticulous standards have earned for it the respect and admiration of the entire legal community, and it is today the most preferred and cited law report in all law courts.


About the Indian Journal of International Economic Law (IJIEL):  The IJIEL is a student-edited, peer-reviewed law journal published annually by the National Law School of India University, Bangalore (NLSIU) under the patronage of the Indian government-sponsored chair on WTO Law. The Journal is an endeavour to encourage scholarship in the niche but rapidly emerging and dynamic fields of international trade law and international economic law, in recognition of the staggering impact of the World Trade Organization (WTO) and cross-border trade and commerce in the world today. IJIEL hopes to cater to the needs of scholars, researchers, lawyers, policy makers and dedicated law students in the field of international economic law. This would include multidisciplinary research concerning the WTO, trade laws at various levels of government, financial institutions, regulatory subjects such as taxation and competition policy, various services sectors such as banking and brokerage, linkages to human rights and cultural problems, international commercial arbitration etc.



1. International trade law and environmental regulation 

Examples: Carbon credit and impact on international trade; fisheries subsidies.

2. Health impacts of free trade

Examples: Medical products and TRIPS; Vaccine equality.

3. International trade law, development and inequality

Examples: MSP & farmers protests; gender & trade law; rights of indigenous persons.

4. Future of multilateralism in trade: recent concerns (WTO and regional trade agreements)

Examples: Implications of the Trade Facilitation Agreement for developing countries; analysing the impacts of regional trade agreements on free trade (RCEP, CPTPP etc.); Appellate Body crisis and Walker principles; US-China Trade wars.



Participants will be charged a registration fee of Rs. 100

All registered participants who submit essays for the competition will be awarded E-Certificates.


All registered participants will have the opportunity to attend 2 webinars by experts in the field of international trade law: 

1. Prof. James J. Nedumpara (Professor and Head at the Centre for Trade and Investment Law (CTIL) at the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, New Delhi and a Professor at Jindal Global Law School) on ‘Developing Countries in the WTO’s Free Market Trade Regime

2. Prof. Govindraj G. Hegde (Associate Professor of Law and Chair of Ministry of Commerce Chair on International Trade Laws at National Law School of India University, Bangalore) on ‘Implications for India Post Cairn & Vodafone Arbitration Cases


Submission Guidelines 

1. Register and make payment for the competition using this form

2. Once you are allotted a code after registration through mail, you can fill this form to submit the essay at any stage before the submission deadline. It should be in MS Word format (.doc) or (.docx) with the name of the file as the allotted code. No biographical information or references, including the name(s) of the author(s), affiliation(s) and acknowledgements should be included in the text of the essay document. 

3. The word limit is 3000-4000 words, excluding footnotes. No substantive footnoting is permitted. 

4. An abstract of not more than 200 words shall be provided. 

5. Co-authorship is not permitted. 

6. The body of the paper shall be as follows: Font: Times New Roman, Font Size: 12, Line Spacing: 1.5. 

7. Citations Font: Times New Roman, Font Size: 10, and Line Spacing: 1. 

8. Headings should be in bold and center-aligned. 

9. Footnotes must conform to the OSCOLA (4th edition). Endnotes are not permitted. 

10. The essay should not be submitted for any other competition and/or for any other purposes. 

11. The essay must be the original and bonafide work of the participant. 


Important dates

i. Registration opens: 1st February, 2022. 

ii. Registration closes: 25th February, 2022.

iii. Submission deadline: 1st April, 2022.



All students pursuing under-graduate (three/five year) or post-graduate law degrees from any law school/university/college recognized by the Bar Council of India are eligible to participate in the Competition.



1st Prize:

  • Cash Prize of Rs. 15,000 
  • SCC Online Platinum Plus (Academic, Worth Rs. 36,000) 
  • 1-year complimentary subscription to EBC Learning (worth Rs. 14,500) 
  • Internship at Centre for Trade and Investment Law (CTIL) 
  • Opportunity to be published in the Indian Journal of International Economic Law (IJIEL) Journal/Blog  
2nd Prize:
  • Cash Prize of Rs. 7,000 
  • SCC Online Platinum Plus (Academic, Worth Rs. 36,000) 
  • 1-year complimentary subscription to EBC Learning (worth Rs. 14,500) 
  • Internship at Centre for Trade and Investment Law (CTIL) 
  • Opportunity to be published in the Indian Journal of International Economic Law (IJIEL) Journal/Blog  
3rd Prize:
  • Cash Prize of Rs. 5,000
  • 1-year complimentary subscription to EBC Learning (worth Rs. 14,500) 
  • Internship at Centre for Trade and Investment Law (CTIL) 
  • Opportunity to be published in the Indian Journal of International Economic Law (IJIEL) Journal/Blog  

For queries, contact Siddhant Choudhury  (+918828907703) or Shweta Prasad Shah  (+919561180685). Alternatively, drop a mail at

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  • I am extremely happy National Law School of India Bangalore is conducting essay competition for student on subject International Trade Law. In my opinion Students will have good exposure to the Law.
    International arbitration and settlements of disputes of contracts f foreign countries investments in another countries other than their home countries I wish good luck

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