Call for Papers: BYL 1st National Essay Writing Competition, 2017

Being Your Lawyer has brought to you the 1st BYL National Essay Writing Competition on “TRAI, Net Neutrality and Free Data: Legal Implications”.

Net Neutrality or the principle of ‘open internet’ protects our right to communicate online freely by ensuring that all internet service providers supply open networks and do not block or discriminate against any applications or content. These include discrimination by protocol, IP address, and favoring private networks. The term ‘Net Neutrality’ was coined by Columbia University media law professor Tim Wu in 2003, and Chile became the first country in the world to pass net neutrality legislation in 2010, by adopting laws that prohibit organizations such as Facebook and Wikipedia from subsidizing mobile data usage of consumers.

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC), in 2015 too ruled in favour of net neutrality by reclassifying broadband access as a telecommunications service. It is believed that Mexico has adopted one of the strictest net neutrality frameworks in the world. They achieved so, by keeping free election, non-discrimination, privacy, transparency, traffic management, quality, and sustained infrastructure development as the key markers for their net neutrality Law which applies to licensed operators, as well as authorised entities that commercialise telecommunications services.


In India, there is no Legislation in place as such for Net Neutrality. There are no statutes or legislations passed by the Parliament on Internet Service Providers and its authority over Freedom and liberty of the consumers. However, due to private players in the sector of telecom, there has been a need for independent regulations. Thus the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India was established with effect from 20th February 1997 by an Act of Parliament, called the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India Act, 1997, to regulate telecom services, including fixation/revision of tariffs for telecom services which were earlier vested in the Central Government. The main objective of TRAI is to provide a fair and transparent policy environment which promotes a level playing field and facilitates fair competition.

In India, the first Public Debate on Net Neutrality started with Face-book and Skype going to be charged with certain service charges by the ISPS. There was widespread public debate online and with academicians etc. The Essay Writing Competition aims at expanding the horizons of legal minds into the sphere of this cyber crisis.

Submission Guidelines


Word Limit: Should not exceed 4,000 words


Topic- “TRAI, Net Neutrality and Free Data : Legal Implications”


Send submissions to-


File Name- It should only contain your name along with your co-author (if any)


Subject- Send your writings at with the subject- “Entry for the BYL EWC”


Cover Page- The Cover Page of your writing shall consist the profile of author and co-author (separately, if any) – That includes “Name, University, Roll No., Current pursuing year and the Title of your writing).



Formatting specifications:

  1. Font type and size for essay: Times New Roman | 12
  2. Size for footnotes: 10
  3. Line spacing for essay: 1.5


Uniform citation should be followed throughout the essay.



The competition is open to LL.B. and LLM students studying in any of the recognized Law Schools/ Colleges/ Departments of the Universities.

Miscellaneous Rules


1) The copyright for all entries shall vest with the organisers who herewith reserve the right to modify, postpone or defer the competition and its adjudication indefinitely as and when exigencies of an unforeseen nature may arise.


2) Any attempt, direct or indirect, to contact the panel of judges will be met with immediate disqualification of the relevant entry.

Participation Guidelines

Co-authorship is permitted, subjected to a limit of maximum two authors per submission.

Multiple entries for individual authors are not allowed.


Important Dates-

The last date to register is July 5th, 2017

The last date for submission of soft copies is July 31st, 2017.

The results will be declared on August 15th, 2017




For Single Author- INR 800/- and

For Co-authors- INR 800/- each (INR 1600/- for both)*

Please Note- Payment of the Registration Fees shall be done online, through the website of Being Your Lawyer ( only. Also, the registration shall be confirmed only after the successful acknowledgement of the Registration Fees by the organizers.


Winner- INR 5,000

First Runner up- INR 2,000

Second Runner up- INR 1,000


The writings of the winners will also be published at The BYL Blogs with special mention.


NOTE- A GIFT FULL OF SURPRISES will be given to the ALL the participants along with the online certificate of participation.


Contact Details:

Mayank Chaturvedi- (+91)-7052482937, 7992295692

Prakarsh Tiwari- (+91)-9570686733

Shaurya Krishna – (+91)-8521228202

Or write us at-

*Co-authorship is permitted, subjected to a limit of maximum two authors per submission.

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