national essay writing competition

About Maharashtra National Law University, Aurangabad:

Maharashtra National Law University, Aurangabad was created under the Maharashtra National Law University Act, 2014 on the 16th of March, 2017 and is one of India’s premier National Law Universities. Presently, the University is offering various undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in the discipline of Law, Management and Public Policy. The University has Postgraduate studies and Research Programmes with specializations in Constitutional Law, Human Rights, Commercial Laws, Finance and Human Resource Management, Medical Laws and Hospital Management, etc. The university is dedicated to developing and advancing legal education and imparting specialised and systematic instruction, training and research in the systems of law.

About the Centre for Competition Law and Policy (CCLP):

Considering the rising importance of Competition Law in order to ensure free and fair markets, The Centre for Competition Law and Policy has been established at Maharashtra National Law University, Aurangabad, with the aim to create awareness and disseminate knowledge about Competition Law in domestic and foreign arenas. The Centre aims to promote interdisciplinary research in competition law and policy making, involving developments in the fields related to sectoral regulators. The Centre aims to provide a forum for exchange of information and knowledge wherein leading practitioners and academicians, scholars and students, can discuss and exchange ideas on contemporary issues of competition law and policy. In consonance with the vision above the Centre wants to further its aim by creating an environment of research in the field of competition law.

About the 1st MNLU-A National Essay Writing Competition, 2023:

Competition Law is experiencing remarkable growth and presenting abundant opportunities for aspiring legal professionals. The Maharashtra National Law University, Aurangabad will organize its first edition of the MNLU-A National Essay Writing Competition, 2023, which seeks to foster awareness and understanding of the diverse facets of Competition Law among young legal minds. This Competition will provide an ideal platform for talented scholars to demonstrate their knowledge and insights into Competition Law in India, while also contributing to the Competition Commission of India’s advocacy efforts.

Registration Details:

Themes and Sub-Themes:

Original submissions from authors are invited in the form of essays falling within the domain of “Competition Law”. It can be any emerging/ contemporary topic of relevance in Competition Law. The list of the indicated sub-themes is given below to aid the participants:

  • Competition Law and Sustainability

  • Competition Law and Fintech Industry

  • Competition Law and IPR

  • Merger Control: The Introduction of the Green Channel Route

  • Competition Law and Pharmaceutical Sector

  • Challenges in Setting up a Balanced Antitrust Regime

  • Critical Analysis of Competition Law (Amendment) 2023

  • Role of Competition Law in Regulating E-Commerce Sector

  • Any other area concerning recent developments in Competition law and policy.

NOTE: Sub-themes are merely indicative in nature and not exhaustive.

Prizes and Awards:

  • Winner- INR 5,000/-

  • 1st Runner Up- INR 3000/-

  • 2nd Runner Up- INR 1000/-

  • Top three entries shall be awarded with a “Certificate of Merit” and their essays shall be published in the Republic Law Review (a half-yearly double blind peer-reviewed journal of MNLU-A)

  • All participants shall be receiving a “Certificate of Participation”.

Submission Guidelines:

  • All submissions must be in English.

  • Word Limit: 3000-5000 words (excluding footnotes).

  • Co-Authorship is permissible only up to a maximum of two authors.

  • Font and size for the essay: Times New Roman — 12, Line spacing 1.5.

  • Font and size for footnotes: Times New Roman — 10, Line spacing 1.0.

  • Plagiarism must not exceed the prescribed limit of 10%.

  • Page size: A4, Margin: 1” from all sides, Alignment: Justified, Line spacing: 1.5

  • Citation Style: Footnotes must be properly cited strictly in accordance with the latest Bluebook (21st edition) format.

  • No endnotes or speaking footnotes (descriptive footnotes) are permitted.

  • Entries should be emailed to under the subject title “SUBMISSION FOR 1ST MNLUA NATIONAL ESSAY WRITING COMPETITION” in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) format with a Cover letter specifying:

    1. Name of Author(s)

    2. Contact details- email address and Mobile no.

    3. Name and address of institution of the author(s)

    4. Academic Qualifications (year of studying)/Affiliations of the Author(s)

    5. Title of the Essay

    6. Declaration of originality

  • Submissions which do not adhere to the given guidelines shall not be considered for review.

  • Any queries relating to the Competition should be addressed at or to:

  1. Sakshi Gupta, Director, Centre for Competition Law and Policy (CCLP): +91 9810471707

  2. Zahid Butt, Student-Convenor: +91 8779231273

  3. Arpit Bhondge, Student Co-Convenor: +91 9370537446

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