Justice V. R. Krishna Iyer Memorial First Annual National Article Writing Competition on Human Rights, 2024 by CUSAT: Prizes Worth Rs.17500 | Submit by 25th May!

About the Host

The School of Legal Studies (SLS), was established in 1962 as part of Kerala University, and later became part of Cochin University of Science and Technology (CUSAT) in 1971. The Justice V. R. Krishna Iyer Chair on Human Rights, established in memory of Late Justice V. R. Krishna Iyer, a renowned advocate for Human Rights and former Supreme Court judge, is committed to advancing his human rights-centred legal principles. Its main objective is to raise awareness and address critical issues such as healthcare, privacy, and socio-economic rights through outreach, workshops, and educational programs.

Details about the event

Led by former Supreme Court Judge Justice K. M. Joseph, the Chair aims to promote human rights – centred legal principles established by Justice V. R. Krishna Iyer. The Justice V. R. Krishna Iyer Memorial National Article Writing Competition, 2024 offers LLB and LLM students a platform to address critical human rights issues. It honours Justice Iyer’s legacy by fostering a commitment to justice, equality, and empathy. Participants are encouraged to explore legal doctrines and modernize India’s human rights law framework through insightful articles.


All students pursuing a bachelor’s degree in law (both three-year L.L.B. course & five-year L.L.B. course) and LL.M from any law college/school/university in India are eligible to participate in this competition.


  • Modernization of Human Rights Law Framework in India
  • Application of International Human Rights in India
  • Enumerated and Un-enumerated Human Rights in India
  • Enforcement of Human Rights in India: Issues and Challenges
  • Role of Judiciary and Human Rights Institutions


All the selected entries will be published as Chapters in an ISBN-numbered edited book. Additionally, the winners of the competition will be awarded the following prizes:

  • • First Prize: Rs. 10000 + Medal + Certificate
  • • Second Price: Rs. 5000 + Medal + Certificate
  • • Third Prize: Rs. 2500 + Medal + Certificate

Internship Opportunities

  • The winners of the first, second and third prizes are also entitled to join as Research Interns for six months (Online) at Justice V. R. Krishna Iyer Chair under the guidance of Chair Professor, Justice (Rtd.) K. M. Joseph, Former Judge, Supreme Court of India.
  • Authors of the top 15 articles will also be offered a Research Intern Position for two months (Online) at Justice V. R. Krishna Iyer Chair under the guidance of Chair Professor, Justice (Rtd.) K. M. Joseph, Former Judge, Supreme Court of India.

Submission procedure

  • No Co-authorship is allowed
  • One author can submit only one entry
  • All submissions must have an appropriate article title which is different from the theme.
  • The maximum word limit of the article must be 3500 – 4500 words, excluding footnotes.
  • The Article should contain an abstract of 250 words with Five Keywords
  • Font and size: Times New Roman, size 12 (for main text). Times New Roman, size 10 (for footnotes).
  • Size and alignment: A4 size, with 2.54 cm margin (normal margin).
  • All headings must follow the format of first letter caps (e.g. History of Human Rights in India)
  • All text should be justified.
  • The paper must be accompanied by a cover page containing details such as the Title of the Paper, Theme of the Paper, Name of the Author, University/ Institution/ Organization, Email Address and Mobile Number.
  • Footnoting: OSCOLA 4th Edition
  • All articles must be original and unpublished work of the author and should not have been submitted for publication/published elsewhere in any form.
  • All articles must be plagiarism-free; however, similarity up to 15% with proper footnoting and AI content up to 5% is allowed.
  • Submissions which does not adhere to the guidelines will be summarily rejected.

Fee details

  • The Registration Fee is Rs. 500/-
  • The fee can be paid to:
    • Coordinator
    • Justice V. R. Krishna Iyer Chair on Human Rights
    • School of Legal Studies
    • Account No. 67177926340
    • Bank: SBI CUSAT Campus Branch
    • IFSC Code: SBIN0070235


  • Deadline for submission of Articles: 25th May 2024
  • Announcement of Results: 20th June 2024

Contact information

Dr. Aneesh V. Pillai, Coordinator, Justice V. R. Krishna Iyer Chair on Human Rights,
[email protected]

Official link

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Official brochure

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