Writing Competition 2020: Guidance and Inspiration
Posted by david-hand
| 29 July 2019
To inspire your entries for the Justis International Law & Technology Writing Competition 2020, below you can find ideas and links alongside the prize winning entries from our previous competitions.
The topics for 2020:
- Technology & the future of legal practice
- Social Media, data and privacy
- Access to justice and technology
Technology & the future of legal practice
The impact of technology continues to grow within the legal industry, from transforming how legal research is conducted to the potential of artificial intelligence to disrupt the way a range of tasks are conducted within law firms. As governments continue to support the development of AI and analytics in the legal sector, the question of limitations is beginning to emerge, both in what are and what should be the limitations of these technologies, and how this could be translated into legislation.
- What will happen as legal technology continues to be embedded within firms? Will lawyers be replaced? Will clients pay cheaper fees?
- Should governments around the world supporting law firms in the development and adoption of legal technology?
- Should analytics be allowed to develop to the point that they can be highly accurate in predicting how a judge may rule before a case even begins?
French law banning naming of judges “will not stop analytics”
Government pumps £6m into legal AI and analytics projects
Could Artificial Intelligence Put Lawyers Out of Business?
Social Media, data and privacy
There are an estimated 3.725 billion active social media users in the world. These users generate an ever-growing amount of data, but many will be unaware of the rights they sign-over when joining a social media platform, and the rights they still have over their data. Data protection legislation, such as the General Data Protection Regulation in the EU, acts to place people in control of their own data, but concerns around the privacy that they, and their data, have on social media platforms remain.
- While people have control over what they post on social media, should they have control over things that others post which feature them?
- Should social networks be creating ‘shadow profiles’, aggregating information about someone who does not exist on their platform?
- Have changes in data protection legislation changed the behaviour of social media companies?
New Research Study Shows That Social Media Privacy Might Not Be Possible
Wikipedia founder calls for social media strike
Posting on Facebook and Instagram about your holiday could invalidate your insurance, police warn
Access to justice and technology
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that “All are equal before the law and are entitled without any discrimination to equal protection of the law”. However, for many, this equality is out of reach for a range of reasons, from geography and language to finances and knowledge. Technology can be used to improve access to justice, with many ways to achieve this from online courts to mobile apps to aid with specific matters.
- Who should be providing support and funding to projects which aim to develop technologies to increase access to justice?
- Will online courts in the UK be successful in increasing access to justice by reducing the pressure on the court system?
- Does using technology to increase access to justice risk further alienating those who cannot use these technologies?
How technology has improved access to justice
‘Don’t get stuck in Groundhog Day’, app creators warned
Susskind clashes with MPs on digital exclusion
Previous Winning and Best in Category articles
Justis Writing Competition 2019 overall winning article
Block-chain reaction: Why development of blockchain is at the heart of the legal technology of tomorrow
By Kim Rust from the University of Sheffield
Justis Writing Competition 2018 overall winning article
The Tortoise and the Hare? Due Process and Unconstitutionally Obtained Evidence in the Digital Age
By Róisín Costello from Trinity College School of Law, Dublin
Justis Writing Competition 2019 best in category: The Future of Legal Technology
Get on the scene like a tax machine
By Walter Myer from the University of Oxford
Justis Writing Competition 2019 best in category: Social Media, Technology and the Law
Blurred Lines: Social Media in Armed Conflict
By Iphigenia Fisentzou from BPP
Justis Writing Competition 2019 best in category: Access to Justice and Technology
Janus-faced justice? The role of legal technology in the provision of access to justice
By Eleanor De from City, University of London
Justis Writing Competition 2018 best in category: The Future of Legal Practice
Artificial Intelligence and the Legal Industry: Making Sense of AI for Aspiring Lawyer
By Patrick Alexander Hum from London School of Economics
Justis Writing Competition 2018 best in category: Global Public Impact
Jurors, the Internet and Mistrials
By Jae Jun Kim from the University of Auckland, New Zealand
Justis Writing Competition 2018 best in category: Technological Innovations
Can Facebook Make Data-scraping Illegal?
By Secil Bilgic from Harvard Law School, USA
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