“Invitation II 1st Essay Writing Competition on Public Health Law, 2022.”

The Centre for Public Health Law, National Law University Odisha is pleased to announce its 1st Essay Writing Competition on Public Health Law, 2022, to celebrate the Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav, an initiative of the Government of India. We are organizing this competition in observance of the “Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav” to showcase "Resolve@75" with the objective of creating a healthy India.


National Law University Odisha (NLUO) was established in the year 2009 by Act IV of 2008 of the State of Odisha. NLUO is an unparalleled addition to the Indian national law universities. Located in Cuttack, a city dating back to over a thousand years, it boasts a rich legal heritage with the seat of Orissa High Court situated here. It is, thus, no surprise that some of the finest lawyers and judges, including two of the former 02 Chief Justices of India, trace their roots back to this city. Within a short period, NLUO has made its mark as a university engaged in teaching and research in law. It aims at imparting world-class education with relevance to the practical world. NLUO has made a name for itself by earning laurels with the excellent performance of its students in various tournaments and competitions, especially in moot court competitions. The stunning performance of the University in some of the most reputed international moot court competitions like Oxford Price Media Law Moot, Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot, Ian Fletcher International Insolvency Law Moot, etc. stand as a testament to it. NLUO has also excelled in the national mooting arena by winning some of the most prestigious national moots like the 11th and 12th editions of the NUJS-HSF Corporate Law Moot Court Competition, 9th P.N. Bhagwati International Moot Court Competition 2019, 4th B.P. Saraf National Tax Law Moot Court Competition 2018 and many more. With similar enthusiasm, the university has been successfully organizing its flagship moot “International Maritime Arbitration Moot (IMAM)” for seven consecutive years to attract some of the brightest minds and honing their advocacy skills in the thriving fields of maritime law and arbitration.


To advance focused research in the specific domains of law, National Law University Odisha, Cuttack has come out with dedicated research centres including on public health. The Centre for Public Health Law has been established with an aim to inquire into the paradigm of legal entitlements of people under the right to health and strategize the use of law to promote health equity. In advocating measures for improving the health of the people, we emphasise that public health policies must respect human rights and civil liberties. The Centre provides guidance to government and non-government organisations on matters of health policy and ensures its compatibility with the fundamental rights regime under the Indian Constitution. The Centre regularly hosts guest lectures inviting scholars and academicians working in the area of Public Health Law. The Centre also organises a National Moot Court Competition on Public Health Law annually.


This essay competition seeks to further the discourse on contemporary topics related to the field of Public Health Law, its increased importance in the midst of a Global Pandemic and at the same time, its correlation with Fundamental Rights & other areas of law. Participants of this Essay competition will get the opportunity to win cash prizes, publications, and merit certificates from the Centre.


Theme: Fundamental Rights and Public Health Law

Under this some of the suggestive sub-themes that the students can explore include:

  •  Diseases, Discrimination and Public employment in India
  •  Privacy and Health Data sharing: Emerging concerns
  •  Legality of Population Control measures
  •  Compulsory Vaccination in India
  •  Duty of the State vis-à-vis Mental Health
  •  Right to Health as a Fundamental Right
  •  Interface between Public Health and Religious Freedom / Freedom of Trade, Commerce & Profession
  • Right to smoke-free public places: A Critical evaluation of Tobacco Control in India

Note: The sub-themes are only a suggestion, and the students are free to choose any other sub-theme that falls within the scope of the main theme.





Top 3 Essays will be published on the official website of NLU Odisha

Top 10 essays will be awarded a certificate of merit

Certificate of Participation to all the participants


1.All essays have to be in English and submissions shall be made in both MS Word format (.doc/docx) and PDF Format.

2.Formatting Guidelines:
     a) Font and Size of Main Text and Footnotes- Times New Roman, Size 12 for main text, and Times New Roman, Size 10 for footnotes.                                              
       b)Size and Alignment- A4 Size with 1 Inch Margin on all sides; all text except headings justified.                                                                                                        
       c) Footnoting- The footnoting style that should be followed will be OSCOLA (4th Edition). 
      d)Spacing- Submission should be 1.5 spaced (except footnotes which must be single spaced).
     e) Word Limit- Word limit of the submission is 3000-4000 words (excluding Abstract and footnotes. Kindly
         avoid using speaking footnotes). Abstract should not be more than 300 words.
     f) Plagiarism- The plagiarism limit should be less than 20% and any submission that is found to be plagiarized
         beyond the limit shall be disqualified from the competition.
     g) Anonymity- Participant shall not include his/her name in the submission’s text in any form. Participants
          should ensure that they delete his/her/their name(s) from the head “Author” of their Word document while
          sending their final transcript.
     h) Co-Authorship: Allowed up to 2 co-authors.
     i) Certificate of Originality must be submitted by the authors along with their signatures.

3. All submissions will undergo strict online plagiarism checks and will be evaluated by independent experts. They will be subjected to double blind peer review by the Screening Committee constituted for this purpose. The selected essays will be published on the NLU Odisha website. Essays will be assessed on the basis of originality, identification of issues, legal analysis, clarity in language, expression of arguments and formatting as per the guidelines.

4. Do not include any pictures or other illustrations in the essay.

5. Copyright of the submission shall remain with CPHL. Once the article has been submitted to the committee, the author(s) forfeits their right of ownership. Articles already published or are in consideration with other organizers would be rejected at once.

6. In case of any conflicts, CPHL shall be the final authority on the guidelines.

7. No registration fee is required to participate in the competition.

8. Any sort of malpractices, similarity of texts without proper due acknowledgments and any signs of name/university’s name that might display author’s identification by any means shall be dealt with strict disciplinary actions.

9. All the articles must strictly adhere to the guidelines. Any article not following the same shall be outrightly rejected.

10. Submission of the Essays will take place ONLY via this Google form. It is the responsibility of each author(s) to ensure that the “.docx” copy of the submission can be opened legibly with Microsoft Office 2010 or Microsoft Office 2007. This form will collect some details, which should be filed correctly by the Author(s).


There will be no registration fees and Students/Research Scholars enrolled in any UG/PG/Ph.D. course from any recognized Indian University are eligible to participate in the competition. 

The Author(s) shall submit the essay through the following Google Form link by 27th March 2022 (11:59 P.M. IST). Link to make the submission:


Date of Release of Notification : 23rd February, 2022

Date of Submission : 27th March, 2022

For any clarifications and more information, please feel free to contact Centre for Public Health Law, NLUO at


National Law University Odisha

Kathajodi Campus, SEC - 13, CDA, Cuttack – 753015, Odisha (India),
Ph.: +91 671 2338018 | Fax: +91 671 2338004