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Justis Writing Competition Winners 2020

Justis Writing Competition Winners 2020

Posted by david-hand | 06 March 2020

In October 2019 we launched the Justis International Law & Technology Writing Competition for the third year running. We would like to thank everyone who entered the competition this year. The high quality of the entries from students around the world made the shortlisting and judging a challenging process. 

During December, the vLex Justis Team created a shortlist, narrowing the competition down to 30 articles. These articles were then anonymised and sent to our judging panel.


The 2020 Judging Panel:

  • 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
  • Aishah Hussain, Reporter for LegalCheek, the most read legal website in the UK
  • Tom Bangay, Director of Content, Juro
  • Dr Liz Dowthwaite, Horizon Digital Economy Research Fellow, University of Nottingham
  • Roger V. Skalbeck, Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Library and Information Services, University of Richmond
  • Emily Allbon, Creator of tldr.legal and Lawbore; Senior Lecturer and Director of Mooting, The City Law School (City, University of London)
  • David F. Wills, Editor, Legal Information Management (LIM); Squire Law Librarian, University of Cambridge
  • Masoud Gerami, Managing Director, vLex Justis
  • Aidan Hawes, Head of Commercial Development, vLex Justis
  • Nicola Stephenson, Head of Training, vLex Justis
  • Dr Matthew Terrell, Head of Marketing, vLex Justis




Awards for Best in Category

Congratulations to the following students who each receive a £250 award from vLex Justis:

Armin Amirsolimani of University College London for their article Let justice be done though the overheads fall: how Online Courts promote access to justice, in the category of Access to justice and technology.

Janis Wong of the University of St Andrews for their article The ‘Personal’ in Personal Data: Who is responsible for our data and how do we get it back? in the category of Social media, data and privacy.

Alicia Lim of the London School of Economics and Political Science for their article 502 Bad Gateway: rebooting smart contracts, in the category of Technology & the future of legal practice.



The Overall Winner

Congratulations to Malwina Anna Wojcik of the University of Bologna who will receive a £2,000 grand prize for their article Machine-learnt bias? Algorithmic decision making and access to criminal justice, from the category of Access to justice and technology.

The winning article will be published in the Legal Cheek Journal on March 16th, and featured in our April newsletter.

A final well-done and congratulations to our overall winner, the best in category winners, our shortlist qualifiers and all who entered the competition.


Thank you to everyone who supported the competition.

For all enquiries regarding the writing competition please contact marketinglondon@vlex.com

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