International Law and Technology Writing Competition

This year’s competition is now closed. Thank you to everyone who entered. Visit the vLex blog to keep up with the latest news from the competition.


Students from hundreds of universities worldwide have taken part.


Over ten thousand pounds has been awarded to students.


Winning articles reach thousands of legal professionals worldwide.


The writing competition

For the sixth year in a row, the vLex International Writing Competition invites students from around the world to submit a 1000-word, blog-style article on one of three topics. The overall winner will receive a grand prize of £1,500, alongside the publication of their entry to a global legal audience. Additionally, each runner-up will be awarded £250 each for Best in Category.

The writing competition

Hall of fame

Overall winners

  • 2023, Lucy Cameron, University of Oxford, for Keeping Up With Kryptocurrency
  • 2022, Rahul Vyan Nayar, National University of Singapore, for Thaler, Artificial Intelligence and the Law
  • 2021, Anokhy Desai, University of Pittsburgh, USA, for Amending 230 for Public Safety
  • 2020, Malwina Anna Wojcik, University of Bologna, Italy, for Machine-learnt bias?
  • 2019, Kim Rust, University of Sheffield, UK, for Block-chain reaction
  • 2018, Roisin Costello, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, for The Tortoise and the Hare?

Hall of fame

Best in category winners

  • Juliette Groothaert, University of Bristol, for Big Data Analytics in Sports: its Controllership, Privacy, and Commercialisation, 2023
  • Xiaoli Jin, Harvard Law School, for How to Measure Crypto Decentralization: Reconciling a Legal and Technical Approach, 2023
  • George Jeffreys, University of Law, for Why Patents and Climate Change Just Don’t Mix, 2023
  • Brian Collins Ocen, Makerere University, Uganda – Winner of the Future category, 2022
  • Joshua Neaman, City, University of London – Winner of the Past category, 2022
  • Malcolm Superville, The Hugh Wooding Law School, Trinidad and Tobago – Winner of the Present category, 2022
  • Keshinro Oluwalani Deborah, The University of Lagos – Movement, Law & Technology, 2021
  • Sara Kachwalla, BPP University – Influence, Law & Technology, 2021
  • Malcolm Superville, The University of the West Indies – Money, Law & Technology, 2021
  • Armin Amirsolimani, University College London – Access to justice and technology, 2020
  • Janis Wong, University of St Andrews – Social media, data and privacy, 2020
  • Alicia Lim, London School of Economics – Technology and the future of legal practice, 2020
  • Eleanor De of City, University of London – Access to Justice and Technology, 2019
  • Iphigenia Fisentzou, BPP University – Social Media, Technology and the Law, 2019
  • Walter Myer, University of Oxford – The Future of Legal Technology, 2019
  • Patrick Alexander Hum, London School of Economics, 2018
  • Secil Bilgic, Harvard University, 2018
  • Jae Jun Kim, University of Auckland, 2018

Hall of fame

Past judges

  • Dr. Shaun Wallace, Barrister and The Dark Destroyer on ITV1’s The Chase
  • 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
  • Richard Tromans, Founder and CEO of Tromans Consulting and Artificial Lawyer
  • Aishah Hussain, Reporter for LegalCheek, the most read legal website in the UK
  • 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
  • Prof. Roger V. Skalbeck, Professor of Law, Associate Dean for Library and Information Services for University of Richmond School of Law
  • Nicole Allaband, Editor-in-Chief, Richmond Journal of Law & Technology
  • James Williams, Annual Survey & Symposium Editor, Richmond Journal of Law & Technology
  • Ilya Mirov, Senior Articles Editor, Richmond Journal of Law & Technology
  • Eli Hill, Annual Survey & Symposium Editor, Richmond Journal of Law & Technology
  • Ruth Bird, Former Bodleian Law Librarian, University of Oxford, and former Vice President of the International Association of Law Libraries
  • Tom Bangay, Director of Content, Juro
  • David F. Wills, Editor, Legal Information Management (LIM); Squire Law Librarian, University of Cambridge
  • Masoud Gerami, Managing Director for vLex Global Markets
  • Aidan Hawes, Head of Commercial Development, vLex Global Markets
  • Nicola Stephenson, Head of Training, vLex Global Markets

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