US Consulate, Loyola organise debate

Chennai: The US Consulate General and Loyola College jointly present ‘A Comparative US – 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 26 July to 19 August. The final round is scheduled to be held in Chennai on 14 September.

The winner of the debate competition will receive a Macbook Pro 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 US and Indian Constitutions.

Following the initial rounds of debates, four winners from each debate (a total of 16) will participate in the final debate.
On 13 September, 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 on 14 September.

NT Bureau