1st NLUO PHFI Public Health Law National Moot Court Competition [June 25-27]: Register by May 25

National Law University Odisha is a public law school and a National law University in India located at Cuttack, Odisha. It was established in 2008 under the National Law University Odisha Act, commencing its first batch from July 2009.

About The Centre for Public Health Law (NLUO)

To advance focused research in the specific domains of law, National Law University Odisha, Cuttack has come out with dedicated research centers including on public health. The Centre for Public Health Law has been established with an aim to inquire into the paradigm of legal entitlements of people under the right to health and strategize the use of law to promote health equity. In advocating measures for improving the health of the people, the centre emphasizes that public health policies must respect human rights and civil liberties.

The Centre provides guidance to government and non-government organizations on matters of health policy and ensures its compatibility with the fundamental rights regime under the Indian Constitution.

About PHFI

The Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) is a public-private initiative that has collaboratively evolved through consultations with multiple constituencies including Indian and international academia, state and central governments, multi & bi-lateral agencies and civil society groups. PHFI is a response to redress the limited institutional capacity in India for strengthening training, research and policy development in the area of Public Health.

Structured as an independent foundation, PHFI adopts a broad, integrative approach to public health, tailoring its endeavours to Indian conditions and bearing relevance to countries facing similar challenges and concerns. The PHFI focuses on broad dimensions of public health that encompass promotive, preventive and therapeutic services, many of which are frequently lost sight of in policy planning as well as in popular understanding.

The Prime Minister of India, Dr Manmohan Singh, launched PHFI on March 28, 2006, at New Delhi. PHFI recognizes the fact that meeting the shortfall of health professionals are imperative to a sustained and holistic response to the public health concerns in the country which in turn requires health care to be addressed not only from the scientific perspective of what works but also from the social perspective of, who needs it the most.

About the Competition

National Law University Odisha, Cuttack takes pride in pioneering the development and teaching of ‘Public Health Law’ as a specialised course in India. We are the perhaps the only Indian University that offers a streamlined study of ‘Public Health Law’ as a seminar course, away from the shadow of Constitutional Law, Medicine and Law and Bioethics.

While the Covid-19 pandemic has put a spotlight on just the subject there is a need for broader engagement with administrators, academicians, lawyers, law students across the country to critically analyse the role of law in making health a realizable goal and ensuring distributive fairness in the allocation of critical health infrastructure. What better way to do it and cudgel the young minds than a moot. So with an aim to expand our reach to law students across the country and make them think and research about various nitty-grittys of byzantine legal rules and principles that form the bedrock of public health apparatus we are organising this Moot.

The purpose of this moot is to armor budding lawyers with research skills and arguments on the tensions between civil liberties and the State’s coercive powers in the wake of vaccine policy.


All students enrolled in a three (3) year LL.B. programme or a five (5) year LL.B. programme shall be eligible to participate in the Competition.

However, only one team per institution shall be eligible to participate. Students enrolled in post-graduate or diploma courses are not eligible to participate.

Each team shall register for the competition by duly filling the Google Form through the link given at the end of this post, before 25th May 2021 (11:59 P.M. IST).


All participants will be presented with E-Certificates of Participation and all the winners of awards will be presented with E-Certificates of Merit and a cash prize in addition to E-Certificates of Participation.

AwardsPrize Money
WinnersRs. 21,000
Runners UpRs. 15,000
Best SpeakerRs. 10,000
Best MemorialRs. 10,000

Important Dates

S. No.ParticularsDates
1.Commencement of Provisional Registration/ Release of the Moot PropositionMay 6, 2021
2.Last date of Final RegistrationMay 25, 2021
3.Submission date of Written SubmissionsJune 15, 2021
4.Oral RoundsJune 25-27, 2021

Important Links

Contact Information

  • Khushi Bhardwaj: 7077679999
  • Sambram Mohapatra: 7008152529

Mail: [email protected]

Please click here for the competition rules, brochure, and case study here.

Click here to register for the competition.

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