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Oxford University India’s Research Paper Competition 2013

Last date to apply

January 1, 2014

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About Oxford University Indias Research Paper Competition

  • The competition is designed to encourage intellectual discourse in wider society to give Indian students an opportunity to exhibit their knowledge of contemporary business and social issues in India.
  • The 2013-14 competition seeks to address a variety of contemporary issues, ranging from privacy and state surveillance of individuals, to sporting fraud prevention and sports law reforms, to recent developments in corporate governance and social responsibility.
  • Topics for the Research Paper
    • Evaluate the concept of corporate social responsibility as expressed in the Companies Act 2013.
    • Should gambling on the outcomes of sporting events be legalized in India?
    • Do India's laws governing the surveillance of electronic communications strike the right balance between security and the right to privacy? If they do not, what reforms are needed to achieve the correct balance?

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Oxford University Indias Research Paper Competition Eligibility Criteria

Gender Both
Region Indian 
Class/ Age Students enrolled for a full time degree in a College/ Institution/ University. 
  • Team member(s) should be of the same institution.
  • Only one team can apply from an institution.
A team comprises of 2 individuals.

Oxford University Indias Research Paper Competition Reward

The top 3 teams will receive the following awards:

The Winning Team

Rs 20,000 + Certificate & Medal 

First Runner up Team

Rs 10,000 +  Certificate & Medal 

Second Runner up Team

Rs 5,000 +  Certificate & Medal 
  • A “Certificate of Merit” shall also be awarded to the next 7 best teams. 
  • A “Certificate of Participation” will be awarded to all the participants of the Competition. 
  • The OU may invite up to 6 teams to present their papers at the Oxford India Summit 2014, to be held at the India International Centre (IIC), New Delhi, from 14th-16th March 2014. 
  • University of Oxford may also publish up to 3 (or more, if appropriate) research papers in one or more leading academic journal(s), at its discretion.

Oxford University Indias Research Paper Competition Application form and Process


  • Participation in the Competition is free. 
  • A Team shall have one or two members only. 
  • All individuals registering for the Competition must complete the team registration form. 

Important things to note: 

  • No individual shall be a member of more than one registered Team. If any individual joins more than one Team, then all Teams of which such individual is a team member shall be disqualified from the Competition
  • No Team shall submit more than one paper, and a Team must write its paper only on one Research Topic. 

How to register

Step 1:

  • Each Team must register online by submitting the Registration Form at www.orpc.in.
  • The last date for registration for the Competition is January 1, 2014 at 11:59PM GMT.

 Step 2:

  • After submission of registration form (online registration), each Team shall receive an email with a unique Team Code.
  • After which, each Team shall submit a scanned copy of the “Verification Form”  duly signed and stamped by the head of the institution, via e-mail to  verifications@orpc.in
  • Send the original signed and stamped copy to the address mentioned on the verification form.
  • Teams may submit a short bio-data / resume (no more than 2 pages per team member) while completing Step 2.

Competition Schedule 

Date & Time


October 21, 2013

Release of Research Paper Topics

January 1,  2014

Last Date for seeking clarifications.

January, 1 2014

Deadline for Registration of Teams

January 5, 2014

Publication of Clarifications, if any

 February 1, 2014

Deadline for Submission (email) of Papers for Research Paper Competition

March 1, 2014 by 11.59 P.M

Research Paper results to be published on the competition website


Oxford University Indias Research Paper Competition Selection Process

Every Paper shall be marked out of 100 in accordance with the following criteria: 

Criteria Marks
Structure of the paper including Clarity of Argument 15
Range of Issues discussed 15
Level of Analysis 20
Use of authorities, references and evidence 20
Originality and Innovation  10
Presentation (including Language, Grammar & Format)  20


  • The decision of the Judges regarding the allocation of marks for the Paper shall be final.

Oxford University Indias Research Paper Competition Address

Oxford University India RPC 2013-14, Third Floor, D-48 Defence Colony,New Delhi 110024, India

Oxford University Indias Research Paper Competition Contact Details

General contact     : info@oxfordmoot.in

Team Registration  : register@oxfordmoot.in

Moot Clarifications  : clarify@oxfordmoot.in

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The Faculty of Law of the
University of Oxford

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