LAW and LIBERTY: RESEARCH PAPER COMPETITION

About the Conference

The Federalist Society, iJustice, Jindal Global Law School and Jindal School of Government and Public Policy are jointly organizing a two-day international conference on ‘Law & Liberty’ on 18-19 September 2015 at O.P. Jindal Global University, Sonepat (Haryana).  The conference is being organized to give a platform for libertarian thought and to introduce a fresh perspective focused on the rule of law and individual liberty.  The conference also intends to develop a libertarian critique of popular judicial discourse.  There will be five panels and fifteen panelists including Prof. Shruti Rajagopalan, Prof. James Huffman and Prof. Saikrishna Prakash. Two slots are reserved for student-panelists to be selected through a competition. The conference is open to Indian and foreign legal academics and members of the Indian Bar and Bench.

One of the events for this international conference is a Research Paper competition that is open to all law students throughout the law schools in India.

Themes

The themes for the Research Paper would be the same as the themes for the conference and they are as follows –

  1. Liberty vs. Equality
    (Activist judges giving precedence to Directive Principles of State Policy over Fundamental Rights)
  2. Separation of Powers: Judicial and executive overreach
    (Separation of powers as it relates to activist judges usurping executive powers, especially as it relates to interference with, and regulation of, commerce)
  3. License-Permit Raj to Competition Era
    (Competition law policy as it relates to reforming a burdensome regulatory legal system that interferes with free-markets in favour of one that promotes competition, entrepreneurship, and individual choice)
  4. Personal Liberty: Individual Rights v. Minority Rights
    (The need to protect individual rights from judicial ideological bias favoring group rights of minorities and other disadvantaged groups)
  5. Right to Property
    (Protecting the right to property from legal and regulatory infringement at all levels of government)

Guidelines for submitting abstract

Those willing to participate in the competition are required to mail an abstract of their Research Paper by 15 June, 2015 to conf@ijustice.in both in electronic form in PDF and MS Word formats. The abstract must be 300-500 words, must strictly comply with the word limit and must not contain any footnotes.

The abstract should conform to following formatting requirement –

  1. Page Size – A4
  2. Line Spacing – 1.5 spaced
  3. Standard Font Face – Times New Roman
  4. Standard Font Size – 12 points for text and 10 points for footnotes

Names and other personal information must not be mentioned in the abstract. The abstract should be accompanied by a separate sheet clearly mentioning the following information –

  1. Name of the Student
  2. Name of the Law School
  3. Description of the Course in the following format –
    Course – (for example B.A. LL.B. or LL.B. etc.)
    Year of Study – (for example 4th year or 2nd year etc.)
    Year of Completion – (the year in which the student would be graduating)
  4. The title of the research paper
  5. The theme (under which the student would like his/her research paper to be classified out of the five themes mentioned above)

If approved, a notification of acceptance of the abstract submitted will be sent to the concerned student via e-mail within 7 days of receipt. The invitation to submit an abstract or the acceptance of an abstract does not constitute an offer to pay for travel or accommodation.

Guidelines for submitting the Research Paper

Once the abstract is approved, the student must submit the Research Paper in electronic form both in PDF and MS Word formats to conf@ijustice.in by 31 July 2015.
The Research Paper must conform to following formatting requirement –

  1. Page Size – A4
  2. Line Spacing – 1.5 spaced
  3. Standard Font Face – Times New Roman
  4. Standard Font Size – 12 points for text and 10 points for footnotes
  5. Footnotes should conform to the recent edition of the Bluebook.
  6. Names and other personal information must not be mentioned either in the research paper or abstract.

Word Limit for the Research Paper is 6000 to 8000 words (including footnotes). The research paper should be accompanied by a separate document clearly mentioning the following information –

  1. Name of the Student
  2. Name of the Law School
  3. Description of the Course in the following format –
    Course – (for example B.A. LL.B. or LL.B. etc.)
    Year of Study – (for example 4th year or 2nd year etc.)
    Year of Completion – (the year in which the student would be graduating)
  4. The title of the Research Paper
  5. The theme (under which the student would like his/her Research Paper to be classified out of the five themes mentioned above)

Any clarifications or questions regarding the rules of the competition should be submitted to conf@ijustice.in. The email should mention in its subject line – “Inquiry Regarding Research Paper Competition”.

The research papers submitted by the students will be examined by a panel of experts and the result will be out by 25 August 2015. Those students whose research papers are ranked first and second will be awarded certificates of commendation, invited to attend to attend the conference and present his/her Research Paper at the appropriate panel. The organizers may in their discretion assign the panel that suits the student Research Paper best notwithstanding the theme under which the Research Paper was originally submitted. The above mentioned two students will also be reimbursed for their travel expenditure from their law school to the premises of Jindal Global Law School. The organizers will also provide for room and board for these two students for the duration of their stay for the conference. These two students will be expected to participate in all the panels in the conference. Not only the top 10 papers will be published (subject to quality check and organizer’s discretion), the organizers may invite, waive off the registration fee and/or provide boarding to those students.

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