A one-of-a-kind debate competition that will discuss current issues
in the context of U.S. and Indian Constitutional laws
The U.S. Consulate General and Loyola College in Chennai jointly present “A Comparative U.S. – India Constitutional Law Debate,” an initiative that will deliberate on contemporary issues in the context of U.S. and Indian Constitutional laws.
The preliminary rounds of the debate contest will be conducted in collaboration with the Law Universities in Kochi, Bengaluru, Tiruchirapalli, and Chennai from July 26 to August 19, 2019. The final competition is scheduled to be held in Chennai on September 14, 2019.
The winner of the debate competition will receive a MacbookPro as the first prize and subscriptions to prominent resource databases about law and a trophy. All participants will receive certificates.
As the world’s oldest and largest democracies, respectively, the governments and societies of the United States and India are framed by constitutions that underscore democratic values and fundamental rights as enshrined in the American Bill of Rights and Article 19 of the Indian Constitution.
The debate project aims to improve the critical thinking abilities of students and foster a respect for the constitutional values of the United States and India. The intention of the program is to increase the students’ awareness about citizens’ rights to life, freedom, property, and expression in society through discussions on contemporary issues in the context of the U.S. and Indian Constitutions.
Application process for the program:
· The competition is open to any graduate aged 18-25 years and will be in English.
· Participants can register for the competition only once. There is no entry fee.
· Participants are required to fill the registration form and submit to the University.
· Successful applicants will be informed of their selection by email.
The details of the competition are given below:
Following the four rounds of debates in Kochi, Bengaluru, Tiruchirapalli, and Chennai, four winners from each satellite debate (a total of 16) will participate in the final debate in Chennai. The debates will take place applying a Bracket-16 methodology, starting with approximately 100 participants at each of the four locations. Sixteen participants will be shortlisted. They will ultimately debate one another to eight and finally to four participants, who will progress to the final event in Chennai.
On September 13, an all-day workshop by experts on the American and Indian Constitutions will be held in Chennai for the participants. The 16 finalists from the four cities will participate in the final debate scheduled for September 14, 2019 in Chennai.
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