The 1st Mediation Essay Writing Competition by

We are pleased to announce our first National Essay Writing Competition. The aim of the competition is to promote the concept of Conflict Resolution through Mediation amongst Law Students. The competition allows the students an opportunity to learn and express their views on Mediation as a concept for resolving conflicts.

This competition is for all students pursuing an undergraduate degree in law (Both 5 year and 3-year courses) in India.


1. Can anybody be a good mediator or do Lawyers make better mediators? 

2. Future of Mediation in the Courts in India. 
ORAny other topic of your choice, STRICTLY related to Mediation.



  • 1st Prize is INR5000 + internship + Essay Publication. 
  • 2nd Prize is INR3000 + internship + Essay Publication. 
  • 3rd Prize is INR1500 + Internship + Essay Publication.

  • The top 3 essays will be published on the website
  • The internship would be with Ms. Meena Waghray, Mediator/Advocate, High Court of Karnataka at Bangalore.
    All participants will receive a digital certificate of participation.
Participation Guidelines:



  1. All interested in participating in this competition are requested to fill the form and make the payment by January the 10th, 2020. 
  2. The registered participants will receive a link and instructions to submit the essay by email within 48 hours of submission of the form.
  3. The last date of submission of the essay would be 11:59PM, 5 Feb 2020. 
  4. The results would be announced on 20th Feb 2020
Registration Fees:

The fees for participating in this contest is INR300 per entry.
Payments have to be made to mpwaghray@okhdfcbank (via UPI or GOOGLE PAY )

Essay Guidelines:

1. The essay must be written in the English language only. 
2. Only original essays will be considered for the competition. No part of it should have been published earlier nor should it be under consideration for publication or a contest elsewhere.

3. Moreover, any form of plagiarism will result in the disqualification of the essay. 
4. The essay should not be more than 3000 words (excluding footnotes) Citations, if any, should be strictly in accordance with the Harvard Blue Book style (19th ed.) 5. The first page should clearly state the student’s name, contact details (cell#, email id), the Name of the Institution/Univ, year of study and roll#. The essay should be mandatorily accompanied by a scanned copy of the student’s University/Institution‟s Identity Card.

6. reserves all the rights related to the submissions. 

7. The essays will be evaluated by an independent panel of eminent jury comprising of experts from the legal fraternity, academicians and corporates. The decision of the jury will be final and binding. 


Formatting Guidelines:

Format Specification.
Font Times New Roman
Font Size 12
Line Spacing 1.5
Footnote Font Size 10
Footnote Spacing 1.0
Alignment Justified
Footnotes must conform to the authoritative standard rules of legal citation and must include a description of each authority adequate enough to allow a reasonable reader to identify and locate the authority in a publication of general circulation.
About OutofCourt and its vision.

The Outofcourt was started by Meena Waghray who is an advocate. She observed that most cases in the court had the effect of damaging relationships and these issues could have been handled outside of the courts. She teaches mediTation and had undergone the mediation Training with Mr. Thomas Valenti from Valenti Law, Chicago, USA.
This training made her realize that the skills of Conflict Resolution and mediation could be learned by anyone.

This initiative aims to promote the concept of mediation as a method of conflict resolution among all strata of society, especially the students. The students who got trained until now range from class 11 onwards to colleges.
The promotion also involves customized talks, seminars, street plays, Essay Writing competitions, 3-hour workshops, 2/3 day training, etc., to engage the students to research and get familiar with the concept as they grow.
The daily conflicts between the peers, teachers, parents, siblings, etc take away the self-confidence of the students and make them less productive.
The earlier the students learn the concepts and engage in research and other activities related to mediation, they gain an edge in being peaceful persons at homes and at workplaces in the future, not to mention the relationships they get into as well.

Why Law Students for the Competition? 
A lot of students at Law Colleges after undergoing this training have gone on to win National/International Moot Court Competitions. The recent announcement by the Centre mandates that mediation be taught to Law College Students in India as a subject.
The Experts Committee:

1. Prof. (Dr.) Sandeep Desai
Dean, Faculty of Law
PES University, 
Bengaluru.2. Ms. Veena Kamath
Advocate, High Court of Karnataka,
Kamath & Kamath

3. Meena Pershad Waghray
Chief Mediator at

The student team for logistics.

Queries could be sent to 

  1. Arundhati Patkar.
    Law Student, ILS Pune.
  2. Rohini Narayanan
    Law Student, Law College London, UK
  3. Keerthana Ramachandran
    Law Student, MS Ramaiah School of Law.


Winners Notification.

The name of the winner will be displayed on the
Separate intimation will also be sent to each of the winners at the address provided by the participant.