Justis International Law And Technology Writing Competition
The Justis International Law & Technology Writing Competition 2020 is launching this coming autumn with a grand prize of £2,000! The competition is open to all college and university students around the world. This year we are giving you more time to start writing and planning so you can be ready to submit your entries once the competition opens.
Open to students around the world
- All entries must be 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, and over the age of 18)
- Entries must be submitted before the 1st of December 2019
- A maximum of one entry may be submitted for each category
- Your entry must include your full name and contact email within the document
- All entries must be submitted in Microsoft Word format
- Only one author per entry
The three topics
Technology & the future of legal practice
Keywords: Artificial intelligence, Machine learning, Blockchain, LawTech, Automation, Job security, Robots, Future lawyers, In-house
As an increasing number of law firms are creating in-house innovation teams, it is recognised that technology will continue to transform the future of legal practice. From tools which can automate contract review to artificial intelligence services which can identify links between external databases to the corpus of a firm’s data, there is wide scope for how technology might shape the future of legal practice.
While the discussion of legal artificial intelligence, robot lawyers and blockchain are reaching its peak, there is much to be discussed about the impact of these technologies, the longevity of their impact, and the wider global and public impact when these technologies – such and online courts – start making life-changing decisions.
Furthermore, what role will humans play in a future surrounded by legal technology, and are there any examples from the past that can help us prepare and plan for how best to utilise technology within the law?
Social Media, data and privacy
Keywords: Legal Tech, Data, Privacy, Social Media, Terms & Conditions, Data leaks, GDPR, Comparative law, International law
With the introduction of the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation in 2018, individuals now have more rights over the control of their data.
However, this exists in a recent climate with firms like Cambridge Analytica using personal data from social media for purposes very different to the reasons people share it
Furthermore, in recent years personal data, social media profiles and personal lives are playing a bigger role in approving visa application for travel in the USA, dismissal from jobs in the UK, social scoring in China and even prosecution in Thailand.
It is this tension which makes data, privacy and the law an increasingly important topic to consider.
Access to justice and technology
Keywords: Justice, Access, Online courts, Legal design, Dissemination, Communication, Human rights, Charity, International law
Access to justice is an important component of any just society. As many people in the UK are finding it more difficult to access justice due to cuts in legal aid funding and court closures, there are suggestions that technology can be used to address this shortfall in funding and court availability.
Away from the court system, legal design thinking is identifying ways to make complex legal documents more understandable to the untrained lay-person. However, when it comes to going to court, will online courts provide better access to justice for the masses?
Additionally, how is technology helping individuals to access justice from overseas? Access to justice, is both a local and international issue, but how is technology able to help?
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