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Writing Competition 2020: Guidance and Inspiration

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.


Guiding questions:


  • 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?




France Bans Judge Analytics, 5 Years In Prison For Rule Breakers

Government pumps £6m into legal AI and analytics projects

Will A.I. Put Lawyers Out Of Business?



Social Media, data and privacy


There are an estimated 3.48 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.


Guiding questions:


  • 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.


Guiding questions:


  • 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 is granting public 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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