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Essay Competition on "Domestic Violence - The Shadow Pandemic" organised by LawSoc, Centre for Women and Law (NLSIU): Register by May 3

Apart from prize money, the best submissions would also be considered for the publication in The Gender Human Rights and Law, an annual journal which is published by the Centre for Women and Law, NLSIU.

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The Law and Society Committee (LawSoc) and the Centre for the Women and the Law (CWL), of NLSIU, Bangalore are inviting submissions on the subject of Domestic Violence - The Shadow Pandemic.Submissions may be made in English, Hindi or Kannada.

Apart from prize money, the best submissions would also be considered for the publication in The Gender Human Rights and Law, an annual journal which is published by the CWL.

About the Organizers

LawSoc is an Activity-Based Committee under the Constitution of the Student Bar Association, NLSIU. The Committee’s area of interest is conducting and facilitating research and activities relating to the convergence of legal and social fields.

CWL was set up at the very inception of the National Law School in 1988. The CWL endeavors to look at law and the legal process from the perspective of gender justice and administer programs directed towards equal justice for women in Indian Society.

Among its various activities CWL also publishes an annual journal to to provide information on the development of law through judicial decisions and statutes for those agencies working on women’s issues and for the empowerment of women

In the light of the increasing incidents of domestic violence during the COVID-19 outbreak, the CWL will publish a special publication dedicated to this issue. The best submissions received for the competition would find a place in this special publication.


The competition is being organized for all students pursuing recognized undergraduate and post-graduate degrees in law, public policy and social sciences. Submissions are also invited from researchers, practitioners and faculty.


The broad theme for the competition is ‘Domestic Violence – the Shadow Pandemic’. The organizers are looking for contextually relevant, multidisciplinary and clear expositions and critical analysis of the contemporary challenges under following sub-themes-

  • Analyzing the utility of Domestic Violence Act in light of contemporary pandemic.

  • Review of cases impacting the current framework of laws against Domestic Violence.

  • Socio-legal mechanisms to combat the newly emerged challenges of domestic


  • Understanding the impact of gender and differences in challenges faced by various

    groups in pandemic.

Important Dates

  • Interested participants can register themselves for the competition latest by 3rd May 2020 by filling this form.

  • The deadline for submitting the essay is 6 PM on 14th May 2020.

  • The results shall be declared within 10 days of the receipt of all the submissions.

Submission Guidelines

  • The submission can be made in English, Hindi or Kannada.

  • The essay should be an original piece of writing with a specific emphasis on well-informed recommendations about resolving this horrendous crisis. Descriptive analysis of the issue of domestic violence from a strictly legal sense should be avoided.

  • Only one essay per author shall be submitted. Multiple or incomplete orplagiarized submissions shall be summarily rejected.

  • Co-authorship to a maximum of two authors is allowed.

  • The word count should range from 1500 to 2000.

  • The author(s) should adhere to the following format:

    1. Font: Times Now Roman

    2. Font size: 12 pt.

    3. Line spacing: 1.5

    4. Citation: any uniform style of citation

  • All submissions should be made in word document via an email to with the subject ‘Submission: GHRL Essay’.

  • The author(s) are requested to mention a short bio within the body of the email.

  • The author(s) should not mention their institutional affiliation/name in the document itself.


  • First prize: Rs. 3,500

  • Second prize: Rs. 2,500

  • Third prize: Rs. 1,500

  • The best submissions will be published in The Gender Human Rights and Law.

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