International Law & Technology 

Writing Competition 2020

The Justis International Law & Technology Writing Competition 2020 is launching this coming autumn with a grand prize of £2,000! The competition is open to all college and university students around the world. This year we are giving you more time to start writing and planning so you can be ready to submit your entries once the competition opens.  Competition deadline extended. Please submit your article(s) before the 8th of December 2019.

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Legal Cheek is the most read legal website in the UK. It has a community of over 200,000 followers and subscribers, and campus ambassadors at every university law faculty in the UK. The winning article for the Justis International Law & Technology Writing Competition 2020 will be published on the Legal Cheek Journal.

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Three writing topics 

Based on the popularity of our past two competitions, we have selected the following three topics:

Technology & the future of legal practice

Access to justice and technology

Social media, data and privacy

Grand Prize: The overall winner will receive a grand prize of £2,000 and publication on the popular Legal Cheek Journal. Best in category prizes: Three prizes of £250 will be awarded to the best article in each category, alongside publication on the Justis Blog.


Key dates

Today - Start planning and writing. Use your time to write the perfect article!

1st of October 2019 - Submissions open: Sign-up to receive the submission link

8th of December 2019 - At midnight (GMT) submissions will close and judging begins

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Open to students around the world

  • All entries must be 1,000 words or less, excluding references
  • Please use OSCOLA or Harvard referencing for any citations
  • You must be a current student (undergraduate or postgraduate, and over the age of 18)
  • Entries must be submitted before the 1st of December 2019
  • A maximum of one entry may be submitted for each category
  • Your entry must include your full name and contact email within the document
  • All entries must be submitted in Microsoft Word format
  • Only one author per entry

Your university email address will end in .ac.uk, .edu or similar. If your university does not provide you with a university email address, please contact us first before submitting your entry – you may be required to provide evidence of your student status. Any evidence of student status will need to be sent to hello@vlex.com and received before the competition deadline of 8th of December 2019.

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The three topics

Technology & the future of legal practice 

Keywords: Artificial intelligence, Machine learning, Blockchain, LawTech, Automation, Job security, Robots, Future lawyers, In-house

As an increasing number of law firms are creating in-house innovation teams, it is recognised that technology will continue to transform the future of legal practice. From tools which can automate contract review to artificial intelligence services which can identify links between external databases to the corpus of a firm’s data, there is wide scope for how technology might shape the future of legal practice.

While the discussion of legal artificial intelligence, robot lawyers and blockchain are reaching its peak, there is much to be discussed about the impact of these technologies, the longevity of their impact, and the wider global and public impact when these technologies – such and online courts – start making life-changing decisions.

Furthermore, what role will humans play in a future surrounded by legal technology, and are there any examples from the past that can help us prepare and plan for how best to utilise technology within the law?


Social Media, data and privacy

Keywords: Legal Tech, Data, Privacy, Social Media, Terms & Conditions, Data leaks, GDPR, Comparative law, International law

With the introduction of the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation in 2018, individuals now have more rights over the control of their data.

However, this exists in a recent climate with firms like Cambridge Analytica using personal data from social media for purposes very different to the reasons people share it

Furthermore, in recent years personal data, social media profiles and personal lives are playing a bigger role in approving visa application for travel in the USA, dismissal from jobs in the UK, social scoring in China and even prosecution in Thailand.

It is this tension which makes data, privacy and the law an increasingly important topic to consider.


Access to justice and technology

Keywords: Justice, Access, Online courts, Legal design, Dissemination, Communication, Human rights, Charity, International law

Access to justice is an important component of any just society. As many people in the UK are finding it more difficult to access justice due to cuts in legal aid funding and court closures, there are suggestions that technology can be used to address this shortfall in funding and court availability.

Away from the court system, legal design thinking is identifying ways to make complex legal documents more understandable to the untrained lay-person. However, when it comes to going to court, will online courts provide better access to justice for the masses?

Additionally, how is technology helping individuals to access justice from overseas? Access to justice, is both a local and international issue, but how is technology able to help?

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