agami prize, legal innovation prize, legal entrepreneur prizeThe Agami Prize, the first national prize for legal innovation and entrepreneurship was launched on July 11.

The Agami Prize seeks to identify and amplify powerful innovations and initiatives that can radically improve legal services, the legal industry, and systems of justice.

The jury panel for the Prize includes eminent personalities such as Justice Srikrishna, Maja Daruwala and Ritwick Dutta, each of whom have a track record of leading change in the field of law and justice.

The Prize offers cash rewards for winners, as well as invaluable opportunities for public recognition and visibility, and participation in ongoing events that will boost and support their work.

Eligible individuals and organisations can apply for consideration in either of the two categories of the Agami Prize: the Industry Prize, and the Citizenship Prize.

The Prize will also recognise, through the Idea Prize, an early-stage initiative in either category that has a transformative idea – and the potential to realise it.

Entries must be submitted before August 20, 2018. For more information, to nominate someone or to apply yourself, you can visit

The Prize is designed and implemented by HumLab and Vayam, is supported by leading social sector network Ashoka Innovators for the Public (India) and leading law firm Trilegal.

It enjoys the thought partnership of leading philanthropy Rohini Nilekani Philanthropies and impact catalyst Omidyar Network.

Agami Prize: Categories

The Industry Prize will be awarded to an initiative that can significantly contribute to the evolution of the legal industry by improving the cost or quality of, or access to, legal services, transactions, research, compliance, education, or the practice of law itself. The Prize winner receives a Rs. 10 lakh cash prize.

The Citizenship Prize will be awarded to an initiative that can significantly contribute to the evolution of citizenship, by enhancing legal capacity and removing legal disabilities, or increasing legal awareness, or reimagining legal education and journalism, or increasing access to legal services/ alternate dispute resolutions, or improving justice delivery systems (particularly courts, police, prisons and legal services authorities). The Prize winner receives a Rs. 10 lakh cash prize.

The Idea Prize will be awarded to an early-stage initiative in either of the two categories above, i.e., Industry or Citizenship, that the Prize Organisers determine is pursuing a well-conceived idea that could fundamentally transform the field as we know it and is worth recognising and catalysing, regardless of a higher risk of failure owing to its infancy.

About HumLab – HumLab is helping find, develop and scale transformative ideas in the legal industry, law & justice. For more information please check

About Vayam – Vayam seeks to enable our systems, innovators and citizens to actively participate in making our justice delivery system more accessible and effective. For more information please check

This post was first published on: July 17, 2018

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