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Justis International Writing Competition 2020


The shortlist will be announced in January 2020


The Justis International Law & Technology Writing Competition 2020 is now closed. The competition is open to all college and university students around the world. For more information on the competition, the topics or to sign up to our updates, visit our competition homepage

The competition judges


We are pleased to announce that the judges for the 2020 Justis International Writing Competition include experts from the fields of law, technology, social media, research, access to justice, and publishing. 

Robert Rinder, Barrister, Presenter and Columnist for The Sun and the Evening Standard

The Secret Barrister, Barrister and author of the award-winning No.1 bestseller The Secret Barrister.

Pete Ward, Editor of Modern Law Magazine

Aishah Hussain, Reporter for LegalCheek, the most read legal website in the UK

Masoud Gerami, Managing Director at Justis, a vLex company

Tom Bangay, Director of Content at Juro

Dr Liz Dowthwaite, Horizon Digital Economy Research Fellow at the University of Nottingham

Roger V. Skalbeck, Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Library and Information Services at the University of Richmond

Emily Allbon, Creator of tldr.legal and lawbore, Senior Lecturer and Director of Mooting, at The City Law School (City, University of London).

David Hand, Marketing & Communications Analyst at Justis, a vLex company

Dr Matthew Terrell, Head of Marketing at Justis, a vLex company

David Wills, Editor of Legal Information Management and Squire Law Librarian, University of Cambridge

Entry requirements


Please ensure that you have read the entry requirements in full. 


Email address: If your university/college does not provide you with an email address you can submit a proof of student status, such as an ID, or letter from your university when you submit your article. On our submission form below there is a field for you to attach a proof of status alongside your article.

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.

We are no longer accepting submissions


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Everything you need to know to enter The Justis International Law & Technology Writing Competition 2020.

The Law & Technology International Writing Competition (the “competition” and “LTIWC” ) is open to students aged 18 and over, with the exception of employees of Justisor 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 and country of residence. Failure to include valid information, or excluding 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), they 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 marketinglondon@vlex.com with “Law & Technology International Writing Competition” in the subject line.

The competition closes at 23:59 GMT on the 1st of December 2019.  Entries beyond this time will not be considered. Justis reserves the right  to extend the closing date for a reasonable period of time where an insufficient number of  entries 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 their 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 their 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 , you are unable to provide proof of your student status; or you cannot be contacted. In the event of disqualification(s), we may reselect 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 marketinglondon@vlex.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 will be made on or before the 1st of 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 payment method approved by Justis, and have their submission published in the Justis newsletter, on the blog section of the Justis website, and published by Justis’  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/or by partners. All shortlisted entries will be made 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 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.