1st Shamnad Basheer Essay Competition on Intellectual Property Law

On the occasion of our Founder Prof. (Dr.) Shamnad Basheer’s 44th birth anniversary today, SpicyIP is here with it’s very first edition of the Shamnad Basheer Essay Competition on Intellectual Property Law. 

Submission Details

For its first edition, the competition will be open to students currently enrolled in any LLB program (or its equivalent – meaning students enrolled in J.D. programs can take part) across the world. 

The prize money will be INR 15,000 for the first prize, INR 10,000 for the second prize and INR 5,000 for the third prize.

The word limit for submissions is 5,000 words (inclusive of footnotes) and the deadline for submissions is June 30, 2020 (23:59 IST).

All submissions and any queries should be e-mailed to submissions@spicyip.com. 

The topic of the essay can be anything related to intellectual property rights – the more creative the better.

We encourage participants to take inspiration from Shamnad’s work, which has challenged the orthodoxy of conventional IP wisdom by looking at the subject through the lens of the global south and its development needs.

Edit: Answers to some frequently asked questions about entry submissions can be viewed here.

Panel of Judges

The SpicyIP team may shortlist essays to be submitted to an external panel of experts for the final decision. The following experts have very graciously consented to judging the competition.

1. Justice (Retd.) Prabha Sridevan, Former Chairperson of Intellectual Property Appellate Board (IPAB)

2. Jayashree Watal, Former Counsellor in the Intellectual Property Division of the World Trade Organisation (WTO)

3. Siva Thambisetty, Professor at London School of Economics (LSE)

For more information you can visit the official website, https://spicyip.com/2020/05/announcing-the-1st-shamnad-basheer-essay-competition-on-ip-law.html

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