The 1st Annual SLR – Sage Essay Competition

Socio-Legal Review (SLR), the inter-disciplinary, peer-reviewed and student edited journal published by the National Law School of India University (NLSIU) and Sage Publications, the independent international publisher of books, journal and international media have announced the 1st Annual SLR – Sage Essay Competition. 
Participants have to write the essay on any one of the following:
1.  John Milbank argues that, “Liberal principles will always ensure that the rights of the individual override those of the group.” For this reason, he concludes, “liberalism cannot defend corporate religious freedom.” Discuss the 2010 Babri Masjid verdict in light of this statement. 
2.  The Bhopal Gas Tragedy: On Whether and How the Indian Companies Act, 1956 can be used to make a case for imposing social responsibility on corporations?
3.  Are Whistleblowers the New Age Journalists? Critique in Light of WikiLeaks.
First Prize: 10000 INR
Second Prize: 5000 INR
Third Prize: 2500 INR
All three essays will be published on SLR’s website:
1. Submissions should be sent as soft copies to “” in .doc or docx format only. Please state your name and contact information, including your university and year of study,on a separate page and not in the text of the essay. The title of the mail should be “Essay Submission 2011”.
2. The deadline for submissions is 1st April, 2011.
3. The length of the essay should be between 2500 and 3000 words.
4. Any clarifications should be sent with the title “Essay Competition Query” to essay Joint submissions are not permitted.
5. The competition is open to any student anywhere in the world pursuing an undergraduate degree during the course of this event. It is open to students from all streams, including law.

About the author

Umakanth Varottil

Umakanth Varottil is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore. He specializes in corporate law and governance, mergers and acquisitions and cross-border investments. Prior to his foray into academia, Umakanth was a partner at a pre-eminent law firm in India.

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