The Indian Mediation Week (IMW) is pleased to announce the 2nd edition of the IMW Mediation Essay Writing Competition 2019. The previous edition of the Essay Competition was organised by IMW in collaboration with WBNUJS, Kolkata and it was a great success in terms of overall participation. The previous edition saw participation from 73 different institutions which included not only the topmost ranking law schools of India but also saw participation from best of Universities from across the world (including the University of Cambridge and the National University of Singapore). With the successful completion of the first edition of the competition, we are elated to invite applications for the second edition of competition and with the vision to continue this process of learning, this edition has a lot more to offer to all of its participants along with interesting themes and exciting rewards for all the participants. Indian Mediation Week is India’s largest student-run access to justice campaign run by ODRways(rebranded as SAMA) with support from WBNUJS, Kolkata, NITI Aayog, Union Ministry of Law & Justice, Government of India and Supreme Court Mediation and Conciliation Project Committee. The sole objective of Indian Mediation Week is to grow awareness, knowledge and use of mediation across different parts of India. It aims at bringing together all the major stakeholders of the mediation community on a common platform while highlighting the benefits of this process to the general public.


The competition is conceived to encourage law students to write about forward-looking issues in the growth of Mediation and its scope in the present scenario. However, the application is open to all working professionals, research scholars, and students currently enrolled in undergraduate or postgraduate courses at any recognized university/college/school/academy/any other equivalent institution located in any country which is currently eligible to take part in the Olympics.


Entries must be on any one of the following sub-themes from the 3 themes given below :
Theme 1: Mediation & Commercial Law.
1. Mediation in cases of Intellectual Property Right disputes
2. Impact of insertion of Section 12A of the Commercial Courts Act

Theme 2: Mediation and Women's Rights.
1. Exploring the Ethical Conundrum and feasibility of the process in Domestic violence cases
2. Exploring the Ethical Conundrum and feasibility of the process in Sexual Harassment claims

Theme 3: Mediation & International Politics.
1. Mediation in the Israel Palestine conflict
2. Mediating the Brexit deal between the United Kingdom and the European Union
3. Mediating the development of the Canadian Keystone XL Pipeline and the rights of the indigenous people.
4. How to deal with the devil: Exploring Mediation as an effective mechanism to resolve religious disputes?


  1. Registration deadline: 25th December 2019. Please note that no application for registration shall be entertained after the deadline.
  2. The registration fee for the competition is as follows:
  • a) Single Author: ₹ 1200 (total)
  • b) Co-authorship (two authors- can be from different colleges): ₹ 1800 (total)
  • c) Co-authorship (three authors- can be from different colleges): ₹ 2400 (total)
Note: In the memory of Prof. Shamnad Basheer and to recognise the work of Increasing Diversity by Increasing Access (IDIA) Trust done with the constitutional spirit of Social Justice and Equality, we are more than glad to offer a 100% waiver on registration fees to all the current IDIA Scholars (Batch 2020-2024).

  1. Registration Link : www.indianmediationweek.com/essay-writing.php
  2. Modes of payment of the registration fee:

    • a) Net Banking/NEFT/RTGS/IMPS:
    • Account Name - Anshuman Panigrahi
    • Account number - 20355879418
    • Name & Address of the Bank Branch - State Bank of India, Pokhariput
    • IFSC Code - SBIN0010928

    • b) Paytm: +91-9778888779

    • c) Google Pay: Number: 9778888779, ianshupanigrahi@oksbi


IMW Essay Competition shall be offering:
  • Cash Prizes worth over Rs. 22,000;
  • 20 Assured Internship Opportunities to authors of top 25 entries: Tier I Law firms, ADR Centre, High Court Judges, Litigation and Policy Internships.
  • Publication of top 20 entries on The IMW Post plus publication of the top three essays for all the eight sub-themes even if they are not included among the top 20 entries.
  • “Mediation Skills Course” by Mr Bruce Edwards worth Rs. 24,500/- for free: Two Slots!
  • All participants will be eligible to take part in a Freelance writing screening test (with no extra cost or registration fees) which shall be organised by SAMA in February 2020. The purpose of the test will be to hire 4-6 Freelance writers to write on issues of law and commerce at a monthly pay of ₹ 2,500 to 3,000 during the period of April 2020 to March 2021.
  • Recognition of top three colleges from each zone (North, North-East, South, East, and West) based on the overall performance of students in the Competition.
  • All participants shall be rewarded with participation certificates.

The Distribution has been mentioned below:
  1. First prize : ₹ 10,000 cash
  2. Second Prize: ₹ 7,000 cash
  3. Third Prize: ₹ 5,000 cash
  4. First to Twentieth Entry and Top three entry on each sub-theme: Publication on The IMW Post.
  5. First and Second rank holder in the Screening Process: “Mediation Skills Course” by Mr. Bruce Edwards
  6. First to Twenty-Fifth Entries: Eligible for participation in the internship screening process (details below).
  7. All participants will be eligible to take part in the Freelance writing screening test.
  8. All the entries will be recognized with a participation certificate.


The eligible candidates shall be selected through a separate screening process, which shall be open to the authors of the top Twenty Five submissions. In cases where any of the top twenty-five entries were submitted by co-authorship of two or three authors, all the authors shall be eligible to take part in the screening process.

The selected top Twenty successful candidates at the end of the screening process shall be eligible to get an assured internship, in accordance with their rank, at following places:
  1. Tier I Law firm (AZB & Partners, J Sagar Associates, and Trilegal- one slot each)
  2. Centre for Advanced Mediation Practice (CAMP) (ADR Internship- Two slots)
  3. High Court Judge (Judicial Internship- Two slots)
  4. Think India and Adhyayam Foundation for Policy & Research (Litigation and Policy Internships- Thirteen slots)

The screening shall comprise of an interdisciplinary assessment process, in which the individual candidates shall be assessed cumulatively on their Curriculum Vitae and their performance in the screening test. All the participants of the screening process shall be assessed on a scale of 150 marks. The breakup of marks between the CV and the screening test shall be of 50 marks and 100 marks respectively.

The syllabus of the Screening Test is as follows:
Headings Marks
Contract Law (Indian Contract Act, India Partnership Act, and Sale of Goods Act) and Tort Law 25
Criminal Law (Indian Penal Code, Criminal Procedure Code, and Indian Evidence Act) 25
Constitutional Law 25
Corporate Law (Companies Act, Competition Act, and Arbitration & Conciliation Act) and Intellectual Property Law 25

The guidelines for the screening test are as follows:
  1. The question paper shall be a mix of multiple-choice questions and subjective questions.
  2. The examination date shall be communicated to the eligible candidates on a later date after the declaration of the results of the Essay Competition.
  3. The question paper shall be delivered to the eligible candidates in the form of a word document and the candidates shall be expected to write their answers in the same. The answer scripts must conform to the formatting and answer writing guidelines as provided along with the question paper.
  4. The total duration of the screening test shall be 12 hours. Participants shall also be given an additional thirty minutes to submit their answer scripts to imwessaycompetition@gmail.com after the end of the screening test. Please note that no answer script shall be entertained after a period of thirty minutes.
  5. The nature of the screening test shall be an open-book examination. The participating candidates shall be free to consult any resources (academic or digital), person etc. as they deem fit. The objective of the screening test is to check the research skills, answer writing ability, time management and not just mere rote learning of the participants.
The Curriculum Vitae shall be evaluated on the following criteria:
Heading Marks
Academic performance 20
Internships 7.5
Publications and Paper Presentations 10
Participation in Moot Court Competitions, ADR Competitions, Debates and MUNs. 7.5
Organizational Experience (as a member of any society/committee of your college or in a personal capacity) 5
Total marks 50


  1. All entries shall be deemed to be the property of ‘The Indian Mediation Week’, which reserves the right of publication of the same in any periodical, journal, books, electronic resources or in any other manner as it may deem appropriate.
  2. The registration fee, once paid by the participation at the time of registration, shall not be returned under any circumstances.
  3. The organizers’ decision as regards the interpretation of rules or any other matter related to the competition shall be final.
  4. In the event that any situation arises, which is not contemplated in the rules, the organizers’ decision on the same shall be final.
  5. The organizers reserve the right to vary, alter, or repeal any of the above rules if so required and as they deem appropriate according to the circumstances.
  6. The decision of the judges shall be final and binding on all concerned.


The following are the criteria for marking and the marks allotted to each category:
S. No. Marking Criteria Marks Allocated
1 Overall subjective evaluation 10
2 Issues covered and ingenuity of ideas 20
3 Flow and structure of the essay 20
4 Legal content and use of authorities, references, etc. 30
5 Language and Formatting 20
Total 100


1. General

Submissions may be only in the form of essays and should be in English. We expect that the essays to include the following in their structure: Abstract, Theme of the Project, Background and Context in Indian and global terms, Reason for writing the project on the specific theme, Scope of the project, and Layout of the Project (Chapterisation of the Project: Shows the research).

2. Word Limit:

The word limit should be 4,000 to 5,000 words. The word limit mentioned here is exclusive of footnotes, abstract and bibliography. Please note that the word limits will be strictly enforced.

3. Abstract:

Every submission should be accompanied by an abstract of not more than 300 words providing a summary of the contribution.

4. Format:

IMW-Essay Competition follows ‘The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (20th edn.)’ style of referencing. Speaking footnotes are strictly prohibited. The body of the manuscript should be in Times New Roman, size 12 with 1.5 spacing. The footnotes should be in Times New Roman, size 10 with single spacing. Please note that no essay will be accepted without proper citations and references.

5. Anonymity of Authors:

The manuscript must not contain any indication of the identity of the author or the college, university, institutions, etc. Biographical information of the authors is to be provided in a separate document, including the following details: name, qualifications, e-mail address and postal address.

6. Authorship:

Submissions are invited from undergraduate and graduate students, industry practitioners, academicians, and research scholars. Submissions may be co-authored, although by a maximum of three authors. There is no requirement for the co-authors to be from the same college/institution/university/school.

7. Deadline:

The last date for submission is 2359 hours, 26th January, 2020. Please note that a deduction of -1 mark shall be made for 60 minutes worth delay in the submission of the essay. However, it is clarified that no essay shall be accepted after 1159 hours, 27th January 2020. No extension will be provided to any of the participants and the negative marking will be strictly enforced.

8. Submission:

Please send your submissions as a .doc or .docx file and biographical information in a separate document with the subject title IMW ESSAY: “Topic of the Essay”. All submissions must be sent to imwessaycompetition@gmail.com only.

9. Plagiarism:

Only original essays will be considered for the competition. No part of it should have been published earlier nor should it be under consideration for publication or a contest elsewhere. Any form of plagiarism will result in disqualification of the essay.

Report on the 1st NUJS IMW Essay Competition 2018

Top Entries (Rank wise: 1 to 20)
Author I College/Work Author II College/Work Author III College
Shravani Shendye NALSAR Nikita Bansal NALSAR
Jyotsna Vilva NLSIU, Bangalore
Divyanshu Modi School of Law, Christ
Harishankar Raghunath WBNUJS Shreevatsa Lakhotia WBNUJS
Bijaharini Gopalakrishnan TNNLS, Trichi Indumugi. C TNNLS, Trichi
Vishnu Mangalvedkar NLSIU, Bangalore Ananya Hasan Satish School of Law, Christ
Akshita Goyal SLS Pune Rahul Naresh SLS Hyderabad
Aviral Srivastava ICFAI, Dehradun Sameeksha Tripathi ICFAI, Dehradun Yash Kedia ICFAI, Dehradun
Pranay Jalan GNLU Madhav Aggarwal GNLU
Aditya Sethi School of Law, Christ
RADHIKA MISRA Law Firm Adheesh Agarwal Law Firm
Akarsh Kumar NLUO Ashutosh Pareek NLUO
Ujjwal Agrawal MNLU, Nagpur Aditi Singh MNLU, Nagpur
R. Vigneshwaran TNNLS, Trichi
Aakansha Dave Nirma Vishesh Gupta Nirma Priyam Raval Nirma
Shashvut Yechuri NLU, Jodhpur
Aditya Narayan Dwivedi NLUO Shilpa Nayak School Of Law, KIIT
Amit Raj KIIT School of Law Aparna Sen KIIT School of Law Debatree Banerjee KIIT School of Law
Pranita Mantha GLC, Mumbai Rutuja Patil GLC, Mumbai

Best Performing Colleges North Zone
  1. ICFAI, Dehradun
  2. NLU, Delhi
  3. Vivekananda Institute of Professional Studies, GGSIPU, New Delhi
South Zone
  1. NALSAR, Hyderabad
  2. NLS, Bengaluru
  3. School of Law, Christ (Deemed to be University) Bengaluru
East Zone
  1. WBNUJS, Kolkata
  2. NLU, Odisha
  3. KIIT Law School, Bhubaneswar
West Zone
  1. GNLU, Gandhinagar
  2. SLS, Pune
  3. Institute of Law, Nirma (Deemed to be University) Ahmedabad

Participation list of Colleges (A to Z)

International Participation
  1. Australian National University College of Law, Canberra
  2. Department of Law, University of Cambridge
  3. School of Law, National University of Singapore
  4. School of Law, Queens Mary University of London
National Participation
  1. Amity Law School, Delhi
  2. Amity Law School, Noida
  3. Amity Law School, Gwalior
  4. Amity Law School, Kolkata
  5. Amity Law School, Lucknow
  6. Amity Law School, Mumbai
  7. Army Institute of Law, Mohali
  8. Bharath Mata School of Legal Studies, Aluva, Kerala
  9. Department of Law, Calcutta University, Hazra Campus
  10. Department of Law, University of Mysore
  11. Dr. Ambedkar College of Law, Mumbai
  12. DSNLU, Vizag
  13. Faculty of Law, PES University, Bengaluru
  14. Faculty of Law, Aligarh Muslim University
  15. Faculty of Law, Jamia Millia Islamia University, Delhi
  16. Indore Institute of Law
  17. Institute of Law, Nirma (Deemed to be University), Ahmedabad
  18. ICFAI Law School, Dehradun
  19. ILS Pune
  20. Government Law College, Mumbai
  21. GNLU, Gandhinagar
  22. Haldia Law College
  23. HNLU, Raipur
  24. Jindal Global Law School, Sonipat
  25. Jogesh Chandra Chaudhuri Law College, Kolkata
  26. J. B. Law College, Guwahati
  27. KIIT Law School, Bhubaneswar
  28. MNLU, Aurangabad
  29. MNLU, Nagpur
  30. MNLU, Mumbai
National Participation
  1. NLC, Bharatiya Vidyapeeth Pune
  2. NALSAR, Hyderabad
  3. NLIU, Bhopal
  4. NLS, Bengaluru
  5. NLU, Delhi
  6. NLU, Odisha
  7. NLU, Jodhpur
  8. NUJS, Kolkata
  9. NUALS, Kochi
  10. RMLNLU, Lucknow
  11. RGNUL, Patiala
  12. Pravin Gandhi College of Law, Mumbai
  13. School of Law, Auro University
  14. School of Law, Banasthali University
  15. School of Law, Bennett University
  16. School of Law, Christ (Deemed to be University), Bengaluru
  17. School of Law, Chandigarh University
  18. School of Law, Cochin University of Science & Technology
  19. School of Law, Jagran Lakecity University
  20. School of Law, Lovely Professional University, Punjab
  21. School of Law, Manipal University, Jaipur
  22. School of Law, Maharaja Sayajirao University, Vadodara
  23. School of Law, MIT-WPU
  24. School of Law, NMIMS Mumbai
  25. School of Law, NMIMS Navi Mumbai
  26. School of Law, UPES Dehradun
  27. Shyambazar Law College, Kolkata
  28. Siliguri Institute of Technology
  29. St. Xavier’s College, Kolkata
  30. Surendranath Law College, Kolkata
  31. Symbiosis Law School, Hyderabad
  32. Symbiosis Law School, Noida
  33. Symbiosis Law School, Pune
  34. TNNLS, Trichy
  35. United World School of Law, Karnavati
  36. University of Mumbai Law Academy
  37. University Law College, Bhubaneswar
  38. Veer Narmad South Gujarat University, Surat
  39. Vivekananda Institute of Professional Studies, GGSIPU, Delhi