ABOUT THE ORGANISATION:
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ABOUT THE COMPETITION:
The 1st National Case commentary competition has been conceived with an objective to give exposure to the students to assimilate complex situations and observe the legal problems or lacunae in the case. A case comment, as the name suggests, is an extended commentary on a particular court case. The purpose of a case commentary is to give the writer an opportunity to assess not only how a specific case was disposed of in court, but also, to survey the development of that area of the law represented by the selected case and social, economic and political consequences of the decision. This competition will encourage students in reaching the verdict of any case by adopting any particular approach.
Lawtsapp.com invites UG/PG students from both law and humanities background interested in law or public policy matters to write a comparative case commentary on the given case-laws.
The broad themes for the comparative case-commentary shall include case-laws relating to the Landmark Court Cases that changed Indian Laws.
- Indian Young Lawyers Association & Ors vs. The State of Kerala & Ors. (Sabarimala Case)
- Common Cause (A Regd. Society) vs Union Of India ( Passive Euthanasia Case)
- Navtej Singh Johar v. Union of India ( Homosexuality case)
- Vaisakha and others v State of Rajasthan ( Sexual Harassment)
- M.C. Mehta vs. Union of India (Ganga Pollution Case)
The case commentary shall include only the following
I. Cover Page
III. Background of the Case
- The Cover Page shall encompass not more than these details- “The selected Theme Comparative Case Commentary on-Name of the Case)”:all center aligned: Participation Code” on top right corner of the page: The header should illustrate the name of the Competition, i.e., Lawtsapp.com’s National Comparative Case Commentary Competition-2020.
- The Cover Page should not exceed 1 page
- Introduction: maximum half page
- Background of the Case maximum half page.
- Both ‘Introduction’ and ‘Background ” have to be on the same page and should not exceed 1 page.
- Analysis: 3-5 pages maximum 7.Conclusion- maximum 1 page
- The Conclusion shall start from the next fresh page.
- In total, the maximum number of pages should not exceed 8 pages.
The Opening should ideally commence with a short paragraph specifying the subject of the case so as to give the reader a fair impression regarding the issues you are going to address in the comment. It should be a very brief statement of facts asserting only the part of the factual matrix which is vital to the issue being discussed. Thereafter, you should write the disposition and what was ultimately held in the case in a very precise manner.
The objective of writing this section is to let the reader get the general idea about the Factual subject matter of the case before you start your analysis. The very first step to do is to draw an outline of the development of the law leading up to the case under review by touching upon the landmark cases and significant statutory developments. This helps the reader to appraise the court’s decision and understand your arguments more clearly.
This comprises of the main part of the case comment and for the purpose of this competition it can be divided into two parts. For the first part, the participants may focus on the following questions while attempting the case comment (These are merely suggestive):
- Was the Court’s decision appropriate?
- Does this decision change/conform with existing law?
- Was the reasoning consistent with previous reasoning in similar cases?
- Is it likely that the decision will significantly influence existing law?
- Did the court adequately justify its reasoning?
- Was Its Interpretation of the law appropriate?
- Was the reasoning logical /consistent?
- Did the court consider all/omit some issues and arguments? And, if there was omission, does this weaken the merit of the decision?
- What are the policy implications of the decision?
- Are there alternative approaches which could lead to more appropriate public policy in this area?
The second part shall include the COMPARATIVE ANALYSIS focusing on the following questions (These are merely suggestive:
- Whether the same subject matter has been addressed in any case of a foreign jurisdiction?
- Whether the decision by the foreign court was progressive and practically feasible? If yes, then how can the same be incorporated in India?
NOTE: Interdisciplinary approach to the analysis is allowed. The participants can discuss the relevance of other laws In their analysis. It is mandatory to bring about a comparative analysis with another jurisdiction.
The conclusion to the case comment should encapsulate the main essence of the author’s findings and arguments, It is not always necessary to reach a conclusion to decide upon whether or not the court’s decision was right. You can simply end your analysis by briefly stating the Impact of the case and pointing out certain lacunae (if any).
- 1. Font style: Times New Roman
- 2. Size: body-12 pts
- 3. Heading bold-12 pts 4.Line spacing: 1.5
- 5. 1-Inch margin on all sides of the pages
- 6. Citations: Only footnotes are allowed and the mode of citation must be Standard Indian Legal Citation (SILC)
- 7. Plagiarism limit 10%
- 8. Should be sent only in docx format bearing the registration number.
The criteria for evaluation shall include the following:
- Knowledge of Facts – 5
- Knowledge of Laws- 5
- Knowledge of Background – 5
- Proper organization and Articulate Analysis – 5
- Extent of Research- 5
- Correct Format and Citation -5
Total Marks: 30
- Implementation and interpretation of rules regarding the practice and procedures, the final decision lies with Lawtsapp.com.
- The copyright of the entries submitted by the participants shall solely lie with Lawtsapp and acceptance of such vesting is a precondition to participation in the Competition. The rules governing the Competition should be strictly adhered to and any deviation thereof will attract disqualification of the participant.
- The registration fee is non-refundable.
- Lawtsapp can amend, change or include any changes to the given rules and regulations if the need arises to do so.
- In case of a draw between two participants, the participant with more marks in the ‘Proper organization and Articulate Analysis’ will be declared as the winner and runners up.
- There will be no rule governing a tie breaker for rest of the positions.
- Participants should refrain from writing a descriptive essay for the Analysis.
MODE OF PAYMENT
The payment can be made through BHIM, UPI, Google Pay/PhonePo/PayTM UPI.
- Winner: Cash prize of Rs 300/- + E-Certificate of Achievement + Blog Publication + Certificate of Publication + Internship Opportunity as a Content Writer at Lawtsapp.com
- Runner up: Cash Prize of Rs 150/- + E-Certificate of Achievement + Blog Publication+ Certificate of Publication + Internship Opportunity as a Content Writer at Lawtsapp.com.
- 2nd Runner up: E-Certificate of Achievement + Blog Publication + Certificate of Publication + Internship Opportunity as a Content Writer at Lawtsap.com.
- E-Certificate of Appreciation shall be given to participants securing Top 10 position, publication and certificate of publication will also be given.
NOTE: E-Certificate of Participation to all the other participants shall be given.