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2016 Virtual Centre of International Law Annual Essay Competition

2016 Virtual Centre of International Law Annual Essay Competition

The objective of the competition is to promote a wider understanding of international law and encourage publication of relevant and original work on the subject. A panel of family members of late Prof. R.P. Anand and eminent scholars of international law will evaluate the essays.


The theme of the Essay Competition for the year is OPEN.


Virtual Centre of International Law


3 best winning Essays on International Law will be rewarded Rs 33000 each as prize money.


30th November, 2016


  • Essay must be submitted by an enrolled post-graduate student of international law (LLM, MPhil or Phd), relevant to Public International Law and endorsed by a sitting permanent Law Faculty Member of the student’s university with a signed letter or direct email sent to  (A direct mobile number and email for the endorsing faculty member is required.  Endorsment is subject to verification by the Panel).
  • Also required for submission is a scanned copy of your student ID card and Aadhar or Pan Card as well as a scanned copy of the last transcript.
  • Submission Guidelines (all requirements to be met for receiving reward money):
  1. Submissions should be sent as soft copies uploaded to the website in .doc docx format only.
  2. The deadline for submissions is 30th November, 2016 for each respective competition.
  3. The essay should be preceded by an abstract.
  4. The length of the essay should be between 5000 and 7500 words including footnotes. All submissions should adhere to the following requirements:
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  • Line Spacing 1.5
  • Footnote Font Size 10
  • Footnote Spacing (within footnotes) 1.0
  1. Any clarifications should be sent with the title “Essay Competition Query” to Joint submissions are not permitted.
  2. The competition is open to any post-graduate student of International Law anywhere in the world. The winners will have to submit proof of enrollment and transcripts of their post-graduate work.
  3. The author should give an undertaking that the essay sent for the competition has not been submitted for any other competition or publication.
  4. The marking criteria for the entries shall be as follows:
  • Originality and insights on the subject
  • Quality of research
  • Structure and Clarity and Potential for Problem Solving
  • Quality of endorsement by a permanent teaching or research faculty member of International Law.
  • The 3 winners would be announced by December 30, 2016. The decision of the Panel shall be final and binding on all the participants.  The competition may be cancelled or deferred by the Panel if deemed necessary due to quality or quantity of entries. (A MINIMUM OF 5 QUALIFIED ENTRIES WILL BE EXPECTED OR THE ENTRIES MAY BE DEFERRED TO THE NEXT SESSION). The winner by submitting the essay has agreed to allow permanent publication of the essay on this website. ( and any other related websites.
  • The award prize and a certificate would be sent to the winning participants.  (There will be no participation certificate for non-winning participants).  The winning essay entries will also be published on the website.
  • AWARDS (Given for each Annual competition) Winners may send a picture or video of themselves reading the essay. We recommend sending a video clip of your reading for favorable consideration. (up to 15 minutes)
  • The winning essay entries will be published on this VCIL website after the winners have been announced for each competition. By submitting the essay the candidates are giving permission to do so. Other entries may also be published under a separate banner if deemed relevant to International Law. The participant is free to publish it elsewhere also.
  • Please provide these details on a separate page and not in the text of the essay:  (A new submission form will be created shortly to allow this information to be entered online).
  1. Name
  2. Age
  3. Address
  4. E-mail
  5. Details of a Professor of International Law who is endorsing your essay.  We recommend you only seek endorsements of faculty from your own university.  A signed document or direct email with details will be required from the professor on the essay submitted.  This information should be directly verifiable with contact details including phone number and address.
  6. Relevant documents pertaining to your post-graduate admission in International Law.


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