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Justis International Writing Competition 2019


Effective and persuasive writing is an important skill for students as they develop and get ready to enter the workplace. The Justis International Law & Technology Writing Competition provides students with a platform to demonstrate their writing ability to an international audience.

We are therefore pleased to host this competition for a second year and offers students an opportunity to stand out as someone highly capable of producing excellent content.

Open to all students around the world.

The competition is now closed. We will be announcing the shortlist at the start of January 2019.

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Four new topics


Although the traditional essay format is one established way to exercise the skill of persuasive writing, the internet has allowed for new methods of attracting an audience through engaging material which demands its own set of skills. Today, businesses and professionals use blog articles to inform, educate and influence, attract new customers, and engage in a broader conversation within their industry. For the Justis International Law & Technology Writing Competition 2019, you are therefore invited to submit a 1,000-word blog-style article on one of the four topics presented below.

View examples, references and guidance for the four new topics

The Future of Legal Technology

Presented by Justis Publishing

Data, Education & the Law

Presented by Jisc

Social Media, Technology and the Law

Presented by University of Richmond School of Law

Access to Justice and Technology

Presented by The City Law School

Prizes & awards


The overall winner of the Justis International Law & Technology Writing Competition 2019 will receive a grand prize of £2,000, and the winning article will be promoted to an international audience through the Justis network and partner publications.

Four additional articles will be selected for Best in Category, and each author will receive £250 from Justis. Each of the Best in Category articles will be published in that category partner’s publication, which include the Jisc’s Effective Learning Analytics and edtech blogs; Legal Information Management, the international journal for legal information professionals everywhere, the Future Lawyer blog by the award-winning Lawbore, and JOLT, an influential journal that seeks submissions that explore novel legal implications of social media, especially those involving technology.

Find out more about the categories, partners and prizes below.

Entry requirements

1st December 2018

Entry deadline and judges announced

4th January 2019

Shortlisting announced

15th February 2019

Winner and best in categories announced

Topics, prizes & partners


Learn more about the four new topics, our partners, the prizes and awards available and why you should enter into each category.

Data, Education & the Law

From the data usage detailed in University registration terms and conditions to a full digital campus experience, educational intuitions are required to collect data which can be used to improve, support and enhance the student experience. However, with the introduction of new data laws, such as GDPR, practical challenges for universities in the UK and around the world are on the rise. 

View examples, references and guidance for this topic

Why should you enter this category?

  • Publication on the Jisc Effective Learning Analytics blog
  • Publication on the Jisc edtech blog
  • Potential to attend/exhibit at one of Jisc’s 2019 events
  • £250 awarded to Best in Category

In addition to the prizes and awards above for the article that receives best in Category, you will also be helping other students to gain a better understanding of how their personal data is used by Universities and you’ll also be encouraging institutions to use novel approaches to improve their communications with students.

Presented by Jisc

Jisc is a not-for-profit providing the UK’s national research and education network, Janet, and technology solutions for its members – colleges, universities and research centres. It is funded by the UK higher and further education and research funding bodies and member institutions.

Jisc does three main things for its members: Operates and develops the super-fast and secure Janet Network and its built-in cyber security protection, helps save time and money by negotiating sector-wide deals with IT vendors and commercial publishers, and provides trusted advice and practical assistance on digital technology. Jisc’s vision is for the UK to be the most digitally-advanced education and research nation in the world.

Learn more about Jisc

The Future of Legal Technology 

Over the last decade the legal industry’s interest in legal technology has risen significantly. Automated contract review, artificial intelligent case law service and smart document management tools are disrupting this traditional industry. Yet as technology becomes ever more present we are seeing law makers and governments expressing a growing interest in utilising this technology to support the legal system, including online courts.

View examples, references and guidance for this topic

Why should you enter this category?

  • £250 awarded to Best in Category
  • Publication in Legal Information Management 
  • Exposure through Justis’ international network

Presented by Justis Publishing

Justis have been at the at the forefront of the digital dissemination of legal information for over 30 years. We were the first to produce a case law database on CD-ROM; the first commercial database provider to partner with the European Commission, and the first to provide exact replica PDFs.of case law. Today we continue to innovate with our flagship legal research platform, JustisOne. Justis services are trusted by government organisations, leading international law firms, barristers’ chambers, academic institutions, public companies, and sole practitioners from over 40 countries. This includes over 150,000 legal professionals and educational users from over 185 top law schools.

Learn more about Justis

Access to Justice and Technology

Around the world, access to justice is an important component of law. People need to be able to access advice, courts and legal processes, however for many the law is out of their reach. Today’s technology can be used to improve access to justice, support vulnerable people requiring access to the legal system, and much more.

View examples, references and guidance for this topic

Why should you enter this category?

  • £250 awarded to Best in Category
  • Published on the Future Lawyer blog by the award winning Lawbore
  • Exposure through Justis international network

Presented by The City Law School and Lawbore

Lawbore is an award winning and popular service developed by The City Law School, within City, University of London. Lawbore’s Directory highlights the best law-related sites for undergraduates. All the sites have been hand-picked by a qualified law librarian at The City Law School, a part of City University, London – one of London’s major law schools offering an impressive range of academic and professional courses.

Learn more about Lawbore

Social Media, Technology and the Law

Social media has the power to create connections, develop reputations and enable open dialogue. Platforms such as Twitter, LinkedIn, Reddit and Pinterest host robust communities of conversations and content. They can also be vectors for infringement, libel, crime and corruption. Legal professionals participate, advocate and innovate in these spaces. For this writing competition, JOLT seeks submissions that explore novel legal implications of social media, especially those involving technology.

View examples, references and guidance for this topic

Why should you enter this category?

  • £250 awarded to Best in Category
  • Published in the Richmond Journal of Law and Technology (JOLT)
  • Exposure through Justis international network

Presented by University of Richmond School of Law

The Richmond Journal of Law and Technology, from the University of Richmond School of Law, is the first law review in the world to be published exclusively online. First published on April 10, 1995, the Journal focuses on the impact that computer-related and other emerging technologies have on the law. JOLT articles reach thousands of readers per month in more than 70 countries around the world.

Learn more about the Richmond Journal of Law and Technology

Writing competition Jisc

Entry requirements


Open to all students from all disciplines and degree types 

  • You must be a current student (undergraduate or postgraduate)
  • Entries must be submitted before 1 December 2018
  • Only one entry may be submitted for each category
  • Your entry must include your full name within the document
  • All entries must be submitted in a Microsoft Word format
  • Submit your entry using your valid university email address (see below for details)
  • All entries must be below 1,000 words (excluding references)
  • Do not include any images, diagrams or illustrations


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 – see FAQ below. Any evidence of student status will need to be sent to marketing@justis.com and received before 1 December 2018.

To include references we would recommend using the simple method of footnotes feature in Microsoft Word, but you may choose your preferred referencing method.

Please note that by entering this competition you provide Justis with permission to pass the details provided when submitting your entry on to 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 of your details to be excluded from being shared with specific partners. Please note that any of the actions above will render some of all of your entries into the competition void.



Please check our frequently asked questions before contacting us.

My university does not provide me with a university email address:

To ensure fairness to all entries, we must validate you are a current student. You can ask your university to print and sign an official letter of student status and emailed this to marketing@justis.com. In previous competitions some students have chosen to scan their valid student ID cards.


When do I need to show my proof of student status?

Your proof of student status will need to be sent to marketing@justis.com and received before the close of the competition on the 1st December 2018.


As an international student can I enter?

Yes. The competition is open to all students from all countries. You must be a current student, and ensure you, and your entry, meet the entry requirements.



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, 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.

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 1st December 2018.  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.

Our Partners include but are not limited to staff and representatives from Jisc, Legal Information Management of Cambridge University Press and the University of Cambridge, the University of Richmond School of Law including the Richmond Journal of Law and Technology, and The City Law School and Lawbore. By entering this competition, all entrants provide us with permission to pass their details onto these partners. All entrants can opt-out of the competition at any time, request to have their 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 the entrant’s entries into the competition.

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 2019, 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 four 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.

Partner organisations reserve the right to decide not to publish the winning article in their category. Any publication is at their discretion.

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.