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RGNUL organizes National Book Review Writing and Case Comment Competition 2016 – Last date for Submission 18th April, 2016

The Literary & Debating Committee under the Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, Punjab has decided to conduct National Book Review Writing and Case Comment Competition 2016. This is the first competition on book review and case comment organized by the Literary and Debating Committee (LDC), RGNUL, Punjab. This event aims to analyse the skills of the students in reviewing a book and examining case laws. Though there are many facets for the books and cases, the committee will consider only legal aspects for this competition. The students pursuing B A LLB or LL M or Ph D or even any Bachelors or Master’s degree in other universities can participate in the competition.

Following are the books open to review:

  • Legal Confidential: Adventures of an Indian Lawyer – Ranjeev C. Dubey (2015)
  • India’s Legal System: Can it be Saved? (Interrogating India), S. Fali Nariman (2006)
  • Offend, Shock or Disturb: Free Speech Under the Indian Constitution, Gautam Bhatia
  • (2016)
  • The Turn of the Tortoise: The Challenge and Promise of India’s Future, T N Ninan (2015)
  • Before Memory Fades: An Autobiography, Fali S. Nirman (2012)
  • Maverick Unchanged, Unrepentant, Ram Jethmalani (2014)
  • Wings of Fire: An Autobiography, A.P.J. Abdul Kalam
  • Legends in Law – Our Great Forebears, Pai, V. Sudhish (2013)
  • A Textbook of Medical Jurisprudence & Toxicology, Jaising P. Modi (2015)
  • Law and Practice of Alternative Dispute Resolution in India – A Detailed Analysis,
  • Anirban Chakraborty (2015)
  • The Upside Down Book of Nuclear Power: With Musings on Energy, Saurav Jha (2012)
  • Media Law and Ethics, M. Neelamalar (2009)

The undermentioned are the list of cases:

  • Shreya Singhal v. Union of India AIR 2015 SC 1523
  • G. Sundarrajan v. Union of India and others (2013) 6 SCC 620
  • Kunal Saha v. Sukumar Mukherjee (2011) 13 SCC 98
  • ABC vs. State (NCT of Delhi) AIR 2015 SC 2569
  • Novartis AG v. Union Of India (2013) 6 SCC 1
  • Laxmi v. Union of India & Others (2014) 4 SCC 427
  • Lily Thomas v. Union of India (2013) 7 SCC 653
  • Voluntary Health Association of Punjab v. Union of India AIR 2013 SC 1571
  • Animal Welfare Board of India v. People for Elimination of stray troubles (2015) SCC 1193
  • Re-Inhuman Conditions in 1382 Prisons (2016) SCC 121

From the stated books and cases, the participants have to select one book and one case comment. They can send book review and case comment simultaneously. Both the entries have to be in English. One author can send only one review and one case comment. For the purposes of the competition, entries as co-authors or single author will be deemed to be multiple submissions and therefore such entries will be summarily rejected. But the committee permits co-authorship subject to a maximum of two. If there is a co-author, the participants have to register separately. The reviews and comments have to be original work. It should not be a published work or about to be published. The entries should not contain any identification marks or signs. The reviews and comments along with the registration forms shall be send both a hard copy and soft copy. The book review shall not exceed 1000 words and the authors shall limit the case comment to 1000-2000 words both excluding footnotes. For each entry the participants have to pay Rs 500 as registration fee. Where there is a co-author, the registration fee shall be Rs 800.

The registration fee shall be send by Demand Draft in favor of ‘Registrar, RGNUL, Punjab’ payable at Patiala. The last date for getting the DD shall be April 25, 2016 along with the hard copies of the entries and registration form. The book review and case comment are to be send to along with othert attachments. The covering letters= should contain the participant’s name, address for communication, Email ID, Phone number and name of the institution. Identity card of the students shall also be attached. The organizers offer a cash prize of Rs 3000, Rs 2500 and Rs. 1500 for the first, second and third prizes respectively. The list of winners will be published in and each winner will be informed through email. Participants will also be eligible for certificate of participation. The top 15 book reviews and case comments will be eligible for publication in the book with ISBN number. The authors will also get complimentary copy of the books if their entries are published.

Important dates:

Deadline for Submission: 18.04.2016

Declaration of results: 25.05.2016

The DD and entries shall be send to:

Ms. Gurmanpreet Kaur
Assistant Professor of Law
Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law,
Bhadson Road, Sidhuwal, Patiala, Punjab

For further details contact:

Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, Punjab
Bhadson Road, Sidhuwal, Patiala
Pin: 147006
Ph: 0175 –2391600, 601, 602, 2391200

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