The First ILS National Alternate Judgment Writing Competition 2014-15

The First ILS National Alternate Judgment Writing Competition 2014-15

ILS Law College, Pune announces the First National Alternate Judgment Writing competition. This competition involves preparation of an alternative draft of a judgment by the participant on
a case which has already been decided by the Supreme Court or a High Court.

Prizes for this competition are sponsored by the Nani Palkhivala Foundation.

The Original judgment

Vishwa Lochan Madan v. Union of India (2014) 7 SCC 707, AIR 2014 SC 2957.

Eligibility Criteria



  1. Any Law College or Law University can send only one entry.
  2. One or two students can represent an institution. The student author/s of the alternate judgment shall be pursuing the 5-year or 3-year LL.B. course or LL.M.


Prizes and Rewards

(a)   First prize – Rs 5000

(b) Second prize – Rs 3000

(c) Third prize – Rs 2000

(d)Consolation prizes – Rs 1000 each

 Certificates will be given to all participants who have submitted effective alternate judgments in
the opinion of judges, whose decision in this respect will be final.

Details of the Competition



  1. The competition will have two rounds:
  2. First Round – All alternate judgments received will be assessed, and 10 will be selected for the
    second round.



  • Second Round - Student authors of these 10 judgments shall make oral presentations of their
    drafts in the ILS Law College.



  1. Oral presentations of 10 selected judgments shall be held during the 4th week of February. The
    exact dates will be communicated to the participants before 10 February 2015.


Formatting Guidelines

The alternate judgment may be submitted as follows:



  1. Language- English
  2. Word limit - 4000 words (including foot notes)



  • Format – MSWord



  1. Font - Times New Roman
  2. Font size- 12 for text, 10 for footnotes
  3. Page numbers – bottom center



  • A cover page stating the name of the competition, the name of your institution and of each student author, and with signatures of student author/s
  • The alternate judgment shall begin on the next page.



  1. Do not state any matter in the alternate judgment (except the cover page) that might
    reveal your identity or of your institution.


Submission Guidelines

To register for the competition



  • Prepare and print the alternate judgment.
  • Pay registration fees of Rs 501 in any of the following modes:
  • By Demand Draft
    drawn on a nationalised bank in favour of ‘Principal, ILS Law College’
  • By Electronic Transfer to
    Account Name: Principal ILS Law College; Account No: 490084060;
    Type: Current; Bank Name: Indian Bank; IFSC: IDIB000D007;
    Branch: Deccan Gymkhana; Branch Code: 324
    (Do not forget take a transaction slip of the electronic transfer)
  • Prepare a covering letter forwarding the alternate judgment, which letter shall be signed
    by the Head of the Institution or Department, stating
  • the name of your institution,
  • email and local address of your institution
  • names, emails, mobile / telephone numbers of each student author,
  • photographs and signatures of each student author.
  • Send the covering letter, DD or printout of transaction slip, and the alternate judgment to
    Centre for Public Law
    ILS Law College,
    Law College Road,
    Pune 411004
  • Send a soft copy of your alternate judgment in MSWord format by email to centreforpubliclaw@gmail.com, with “Alternate Judgment” in the subject of the mail.


Marking Scheme of the Competition



  1. Statement of facts - 20 Marks
  2. Statement of rival contentions and framing of issues- 20 Marks



  • Citing of relevant laws viz. case-law, statutes and opinions of jurists- 20 Marks



  1. Critical analysis and problematizing the judgment and analytical reasoning- 30 Marks
  2. Presentation, style, clarity, appearance, and over-all impression - 10 Marks
  3. Oral Presentation - 100 Marks


Last Date of Submission

The printed and soft copy of the alternate judgment, letter and payment must reach us on or before 25 January 2015.

Click here for the brochure

For further queries, contact

Email: centreforpubliclaw@gmail.com
Faculty Co-ordinators:
Dr. Sanjay Jain, Associate Professor (ss.jain54@gmail.com),
Ms. Sonali Jadhav, Assistant Professor (sonali.renuse@yahoo.com)
Student Co-ordinators:
Tapasya (9049415702)
Gayatri (9823549440)

ILS Law College, Pune announces the First National Alternate Judgment Writing competition. This competition involves preparation of an alternative draft of a judgment by the participant on
a case which has already been decided by the Supreme Court or a High Court.

Prizes for this competition are sponsored by the Nani Palkhivala Foundation.

The Original judgment

Vishwa Lochan Madan v. Union of India (2014) 7 SCC 707, AIR 2014 SC 2957.

Eligibility Criteria



  1. Any Law College or Law University can send only one entry.
  2. One or two students can represent an institution. The student author/s of the alternate judgment shall be pursuing the 5-year or 3-year LL.B. course or LL.M.


Prizes and Rewards

(a)   First prize – Rs 5000

(b) Second prize – Rs 3000

(c) Third prize – Rs 2000

(d)Consolation prizes – Rs 1000 each

 Certificates will be given to all participants who have submitted effective alternate judgments in
the opinion of judges, whose decision in this respect will be final.

Details of the Competition



  1. The competition will have two rounds:
  2. First Round – All alternate judgments received will be assessed, and 10 will be selected for the
    second round.



  • Second Round - Student authors of these 10 judgments shall make oral presentations of their
    drafts in the ILS Law College.



  1. Oral presentations of 10 selected judgments shall be held during the 4th week of February. The
    exact dates will be communicated to the participants before 10 February 2015.


Formatting Guidelines

The alternate judgment may be submitted as follows:



  1. Language- English
  2. Word limit - 4000 words (including foot notes)



  • Format – MSWord



  1. Font - Times New Roman
  2. Font size- 12 for text, 10 for footnotes
  3. Page numbers – bottom center



  • A cover page stating the name of the competition, the name of your institution and of each student author, and with signatures of student author/s
  • The alternate judgment shall begin on the next page.



  1. Do not state any matter in the alternate judgment (except the cover page) that might
    reveal your identity or of your institution.


Submission Guidelines

To register for the competition



  • Prepare and print the alternate judgment.
  • Pay registration fees of Rs 501 in any of the following modes:
  • By Demand Draft
    drawn on a nationalised bank in favour of ‘Principal, ILS Law College’
  • By Electronic Transfer to
    Account Name: Principal ILS Law College; Account No: 490084060;
    Type: Current; Bank Name: Indian Bank; IFSC: IDIB000D007;
    Branch: Deccan Gymkhana; Branch Code: 324
    (Do not forget take a transaction slip of the electronic transfer)
  • Prepare a covering letter forwarding the alternate judgment, which letter shall be signed
    by the Head of the Institution or Department, stating
  • the name of your institution,
  • email and local address of your institution
  • names, emails, mobile / telephone numbers of each student author,
  • photographs and signatures of each student author.
  • Send the covering letter, DD or printout of transaction slip, and the alternate judgment to
    Centre for Public Law
    ILS Law College,
    Law College Road,
    Pune 411004
  • Send a soft copy of your alternate judgment in MSWord format by email to centreforpubliclaw@gmail.com, with “Alternate Judgment” in the subject of the mail.


Marking Scheme of the Competition



  1. Statement of facts - 20 Marks
  2. Statement of rival contentions and framing of issues- 20 Marks



  • Citing of relevant laws viz. case-law, statutes and opinions of jurists- 20 Marks



  1. Critical analysis and problematizing the judgment and analytical reasoning- 30 Marks
  2. Presentation, style, clarity, appearance, and over-all impression - 10 Marks
  3. Oral Presentation - 100 Marks


Last Date of Submission

The printed and soft copy of the alternate judgment, letter and payment must reach us on or before 25 January 2015.

Click here for the brochure

For further queries, contact

Email: centreforpubliclaw@gmail.com
Faculty Co-ordinators:
Dr. Sanjay Jain, Associate Professor (ss.jain54@gmail.com),
Ms. Sonali Jadhav, Assistant Professor (sonali.renuse@yahoo.com)
Student Co-ordinators:
Tapasya (9049415702)
Gayatri (9823549440)