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Student Competition 2021

The International Law and Technology Writing Competition 2021

For the fourth year in a row, the International Law and Technology Writing Competition is open for submissions of blog-style articles of 1,000 words, from students around the world, until December 7th 2020.

This annual competition offers you the opportunity to stand out from your peers, enhance your employability, and have your work published to an international audience of legal professionals. 

1 x Grand Prize £1,500 + Remote Internship

3 x Runners-up Prize £250

International Publication

Three runners-up who place best in each of the three categories will receive a cash prize, alongside the publication of their articles.

The overall winner will receive a grand prize, and be offered a 3-month internship at one of the world’s leading legal research technology firms. Plus publication of the winning article.

The overall winner, runners-up and notable entries will also have their articles published online and shared with thousands of legal practitioners world-wide. Previously articles from the writing competition have been published in Legal Cheek, Artificial Lawyer, Legal Information Management, Modern Law Magazine, and more.

The topics What can I write about?

Money, Law and Technology

A cashless future driven by a pandemic, Bitcoin vending machines and bankers bonuses, are stories many us will be familiar with. But what are the legal stories behind these headlines?

Each year we select three relevant and interesting topics for you to write about, and this year we have three brand new topics related to law and technology: Money, Influence and Movements. 

Influence, Law and Technology

Today the law needs to keep up with social media, fake news and influencers. Has much progress been made, or is there still more that can be done?

Movements, Law and Technology

Protest, divided opinions and conflict have unfortunately been a part of human history since writing began, but have these events changed the law?

First, complete the form above.

We use this information to communicate important information about the competition to you. Don't panic! Completing the form does not mean you are expected to submit an entry. This will ensure you have the right information if you choose to enter. 

Then, read the 
Guidance, Inspiration and Referencing guide. Finally, start writing! 

Once you've finished your 1,000-word article on one of the three topics, use the submission form to enter. You can enter a maximum of one entry per topic.

How to enter?

Terms and Conditions

Everything you need to know to enter The vLex International Law and Technology Writing Competition 2021

The Law & Technology International Writing Competition (the “competition” and “LITWC” ) is open to students aged 18 and over, with the exception of employees of 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 in each category is permitted per entrant. 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 with “International Law & Technology Writing Competition” in the subject line.

The competition closes at 23:59 GMT in December 7th 2020. Entries beyond this time will not be considered. vLex 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 vLex 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 vLex 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; 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
The competition will be judged by a panel of representatives of vLex.  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 2021, with this date subject to change at any time. The winner and 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 by BACS and the three runners-up will each receive a prize by BACS or other suitable payment method approved by vLex, and have their submission published in the company newsletter, on the blog section of the vLex and vLex Justis websites, and published by vLex 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 vLex and vLex Justis websites 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.vLex reserves the right to substitute the prizes with other prizes of similar value.

vLex 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 vLex in all matters relating to the competition is final and no correspondence will be entered into. vLex 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.

January 2021

Shortlisting Announced

March 2021

Winner Announced

The judges

About the Competition

The vLex International Law and Technology Writing Competition is designed to enable students around the world to showcase their writing ability to an international audience and to give a voice to the lawyers of the future. Following three successful competitions in 2018, 2019, and 2020 the competition now draws entries from students at 98 universities from 30 countries around the world.

Competition closed pending results

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FAQs Common questions we're asked each year...

I am a recent graduate, can I still enter?

Unfortunately, the competition is only open to current students. This means you need to be a student at the time of submitting your entry. 

Can international students enter?

Yes! The competition is open to students from all areas of the world. Please ensure you have read the entry requirements first.

I don't have a university email address, can I still enter?

Yes! You will just need to submit a proof of student status along with your submission, supplied by your university or college.

Can I write about a different subject?

To ensure the competition is fairly judged, you need to write about one of the three outlined topics. We always welcome suggestions for next year!

Do you accept co-authored articles? 

For fairness, we are only accepting articles by a single author within this year's competition.

2021 Judging Panel

Richard Tromans

Founder and CEO of Tromans Consulting and Artificial Lawyer

Dr. Shaun Wallace

Barrister and The Dark Destroyer on ITV1’s The Chase

Emily Allbon

Senior Lecturer, Director of Mooting, Assistant Dean Student Experience and Communication, City, University of London

Dr Liz Dowthwaite

Research Fellow in Horizon Digital Economy at the Trustworthy Autonomous Systems Hub at the University of Nottingham

Can I enter more than one article?

Yes, you are allowed to enter one article per topic! 

What do the students say?

"The competition offers an exceptional opportunity to expose your writing to Justis’ international readership, and an associated impact for your research findings and ideas few students receive. The competition is exceptional, as the caliber of entries included on the shortlist this year illustrated and I can only imagine this will become even more evident in coming years. At an individual level the discipline of distilling complex legal arguments and ideas into concise, approachable pieces for public consumption is a hugely valuable skill both in practice and, increasingly, for those entering academia who want to communicate the importance of their research to the populations affected by it.

Roisin Costello, Trinity College Dublin, 2018 Winner.

What referencing style should I use?

For this year's competition, we are asking for all entries to embed links in their articles where possible, and use particular referencing systems where needed. Guidance will be emailed to all who sign-up.


Are you ready to start writing?

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

Open to students around the world:

  • All entries must be 1,000 words or less, excluding references
  • All entries must be in English
  • Please ensure you follow the referencing guidelines, which are email to you once you sign-up to the competition
  • You must be a current student (undergraduate or postgraduate)
  • Entries must be submitted before December 7th 2020, Midnight GMT
  • 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 (Do not submit a PDF)
  • Entries must not include any photos, diagrams or illustrations
  • Sign-up and submit your entry using your valid university email address if possible (see below for more details)

Email address: If your university or 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, there is a field for you to attach a proof of status alongside your article.

Entry Requirements

Prof. Roger V. Skalbeck

Professor of Law, Associate Dean for Library and Information Services for University of Richmond School of Law

Masoud Gerami

Managing Director for vLex Global Markets