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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 on the 1st October 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.

The three topics


Based on the popularity of our past two competitions, we have selected the following three topics. Click on the section below to learn more and for inspiration.

1. Technology & the future of legal practice

2. Social Media, Data and privacy

3. Access to Justice and Technology

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?


Guidance and Inspiration guide


Need inspiration? See below, under the section Keep up to date with the competition for inspiration, previous winners, past entries and to learn more about the competition.

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.


Guidance and Inspiration guide


Need inspiration? See below, under the section Keep up to date with the competition for inspiration, previous winners, past entries and to learn more about the competition.

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?

Guidance and Inspiration guide

Need inspiration? See below, under the section Keep up to date with the competition for inspiration, previous winners, past entries and to learn more about the competition.



Start planning and writing. Use your summer to write the perfect article!

October 1st


Submissions open (An entry form will be added to this page)

December 1st


At midnight (GMT) submissions will close and judging begins

Prizes & awards


Grand Prize: The overall winner will receive a grand prize of £2000 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.

Keep up to date with the competition


Find out about previous winners, read past entries and learn more about the competition:

Overall winners

2019 – https://www.justis.com/blockchain-reaction/

2018 – https://www.justis.com/the-tortoise-and-the-hare-2/

Best in Category articles


Janus-faced justice?

Blurred Lines

Get on the scene like a tax machine






Other articles and blogs:










Entry requirements


The entry requirements for the 2020 competition:

Open to students around the world:

  • All entries must 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)
  • Entry must be submitted before the 1st December 2019
  • A maximum of one entry may be submitted for each category
  • Your entry must include your full name within the document
  • All entries must be submitted in Microsoft word format
  • Submit your entry using your valid university email address (see below for details).


Important information

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 marketing@justis.com and received before the competition deadline on 1st December 2019.

Please note that by entering this competition you provide Justis with permission to pass the information you provided with your entry onto our partners listed on this page. You can opt-out of the competition at any time, request to have your data removed, or for any details to be excluded from being shared with specific partners. Please note that any of the actions above will void any or all of your entries into the competition.



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

The Law & Technology International Writing Competition (the “Competition” and “LTIWC” ) is open to students aged 18 and over, except employees of Justis, vLex, their family members, or anyone else connected to the Competition.

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.

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 proposed topics. Please do not include any pictures. Entries with photos, diagrams or illustrations may be excluded.

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.

Submissions should be entered using the form provided on the competition page in Word format only.  You must state which of the categories you are entering, and must include your full name, email address, university or college, country of residence. Failure to include valid information, or exclude information, may void your entry.

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 trademarks 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.

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.

The Competition closes at 23:59 GMT on the 1 December 2019.  Entries beyond this time 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.

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 and Partners 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 listed on this page or otherwise. You also grant Justis and Partners 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 the authors of shortlisted entries.

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 and/or judging processes.

Should you wish to withdraw from the Competition for any reason, please email us at marketing@justis.com.

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 March 2020, and the winner and four runners-up will be contacted by email after this date.  The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

The overall winner will receive a prize of £2,000 by BACS and the three runners-up will each receive a prize of £250 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, and published by the Partner(s) in accordance with the benefits stated on this page. This could include publishing your entry on their website, in their publications and more.

Shortlisted entries may also have their Submission posted on the blog section of the Justis website and by partners. All shortlisted entries will be may available to Partners for publication.

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.

Justis reserves the right to substitute the prizes with other prizes of similar value.

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.

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.

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.