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Law & technology international writing competition terms


Everything you need to know to enter our law & technology international writing competition.

  1. The Law & Technology International Writing Competition (the “Competition” and “LTIWC” ) is open to students aged 18 and over, except employees of Justis, their family members, or anyone else connected to the Competition.
  2. All information detailing how to enter forms part of these Terms and Conditions.  It is a condition of entry that all rules are accepted as final and that the entrant agrees to abide by these rules.  Submission of an entry will be taken as an acceptance of these Terms and Conditions.
  3. To enter the Competition, you must write a blog-style article of no more than 1,000 of your own words on one of the following categories: (1) legal technology & the future of legal practice (“future of legal practice”); (2) how the law copes with technological innovations (“technological innovations”); (3) the mass impact of technology allowing access to legal information(“Global Public Impact”).  Please do not include any pictures. Entries with photos, diagrams or illustrations may be excluded.
  4. A maximum of one entry is permitted per entrant in each category.  You may only enter each individual Submission in one category, but you may write another Submission about a different topic for a different category. See below for prize terms.
  5. Submissions should be entered using the form provided on the competition page in PDF format only.  You must state which of the categories you are entering, and must include your name, telephone number, email address, university or college, country of residence. Failure to include valid information, or exclude information, may void your entry.
  6. Entries must be the original work of the individual submitting them and must not have been published before in any other publication (or on any website), must not contain any third party materials and/or content that you do not have permission to use, must not promote your own or third party goods or services or include any trade marks and must not promote inappropriate or dangerous behaviour, or otherwise be obscene, defamatory, distasteful, offensive or in breach of any confidentiality obligations owed by you to any third party.  Joint submissions are not allowed.
  7. If you have any questions about how to enter or otherwise in connection with the Competition, please email us at marketing@justis.com with “Law & Technology International Writing Competition” in the subject line.
  8. The Competition closes at 23:59 on Friday, 1 December 2017.  Entries outside this time period will not be considered.  Justis reserves the right in its absolute discretion to extend the closing date for a reasonable period of time where an insufficient number of the entries received have satisfied the entry and judging criteria.
  9. You own the copyright to your Submission as its author.  However, by submitting an entry to the Competition you grant a worldwide, irrevocable, perpetual license to Justis to feature any or all of the Submission in any of its publications, its websites and/or in any promotional material connected to this competition.  You also grant Justis the right to use your name, academic institution and country of residence for the sole purpose of identifying you as the author of your Submission and/or as a winner or runner-up of the Competition. This also applies to shortlisted entries.
  10. We may disqualify your Competition entry for the following reasons: your entry does not comply with these Terms and Conditions; you are not eligible to enter the Competition or are unable to provide proof of your student status if required; or you cannot be contacted.  In the event of disqualification(s), we may select winners in accordance with the selection processes outlined below.
  11. Should you wish to withdraw from the Competition for any reason, please email us at marketing@justis.com.
  12. The Competition will be judged by a panel of representatives of Justis.  The judges will choose one winning entry for the Competition, and one runner-up in each of the three categories.  The judges’ decision of who the winners are will be made on or before 1 April 2018, and the winner and three runners-up will be contacted by email after this date.  The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  13. The overall winner will receive a prize of £2,000 by BACS or other suitable method approved by Justis, and have their Submission published in the Justis newsletter, and on the blog section of the Justis website.
  14. The three runners-up will each receive a prize of £250 in cash, and have their Submission published on the blog section of the Justis website. Shortlisted entries may also have their Submission posted on the blog section of the Justis website.
  15. Each entrant is only eligible for a single prize.  This excludes the overall winner from also winning a runners-up prize with a second Submission, or an individual entrant from winning multiple runners-up prizes with a second or third Submission.
  16. Justis reserves the right to substitute the prizes with other prizes of similar value.
  17. Justis reserves the right at any time and from time to time to modify these Terms and Conditions, or to modify, or discontinue, temporarily or permanently, this Competition with or without prior notice due to reasons outside its reasonable control (including, without limitation, in the case of anticipated, suspected or actual fraud).  The decision of Justis in all matters relating to the Competition is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  18. Justis will not be liable for any failure to comply with its obligations relating to this Competition where the failure is caused by something outside its reasonable control.
  19. The Competition and these terms and conditions will be governed under the laws of England and Wales, and entrants to the Competition submit to the non-exclusive jurisdiction of the English courts.