Submissions for the 2023 competition are now open!
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.
Deadline extended – Please submit your entries before midnight on the 31st of December 2022Register today
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.
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 vLex competition was a great opportunity for me to develop my writing skills and overcome a personal hurdle of making technical issues more digestible. Working on a more concise piece motivated me to continue participating in writing projects and competitions through the school year, and led to prize money and a fall semester internship that aligned with my interests. I would recommend any student who’s interested in technology law to participate!”
Anokhy Desai, University of Pittsburgh, Winner 2021
Deadline extended – Please submit your entries before midnight on the 31st of December 2022
Submissions open on the 7th of October 2022 and close at midnight (UK time) on the 31st of December 2022. The yearly shortlist will be revealed in February 2023, and the final winners will be announced in April 2022. All dates are subject to change.
The overall winner will receive a grand prize of £1,500. Three runners-up who place best in each of the three categories will receive a cash prize of £250 each. The overall winner, runners-up and notable entries will also have their articles published online and shared with thousands of legal practitioners worldwide. Previous winning articles have been published by Legal Cheek, Richmond Journal of Law and Technology, Artificial Lawyer, Legal Information Management, and many more publications.
Please read all of the rules and guidelines before submitting your article.
You can submit anytime within the submission period, until the deadline (23:59 UK time, on the 31st of December 2022).
Who can enter the competition
When you’re ready to submit your entry, please follow these steps:
To submit your entry, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information:
– Email subject line: #WC2023 Writing Competition Submission
– Please include your full name, university and the topic of your submission (Sport, Climate or Crypto)
– Please attach your entry in a Word format (.doc or .docx)
– If you are emailing from a personal email, and not a university or college email, please attach any proof of student status or graduation certificate.
Don’t forget you can find previous submissions and inspiration on the vLex blog.
“The competition offers an exceptional opportunity to expose your writing to an 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
Importantly, your article needs to consider both the law, technology and the key topic. Your article can answer important questions for your chosen area, such as, how does technology impact the law? Or how did technology help drive change in the law where legislative gaps once existed?
Your article needs to be about real-world events and cannot be entity fiction. If fiction is to play a role in your article – whether used to demonstrate a scenario or potential future event, ensure the reader understands how that connects with what is happening in the real world.
Data, research and examples are good. Some of our best and winning articles give a clear indication as to why the topic they are writing about is important, using data, research and examples. The reader of your article may not know the topic as well as you do, hence why it is important for you to make clear from the start why the topic is important, why the reader should care (and importantly keep on reading), and what the key ‘takeaway’ from the article should be.
Need some inspiration? Read all the past winning articles on the vLex Blog.
I have just graduated, can I enter? Yes, you will need to have graduated within 2022 and have your certificate as proof.
Do I need to be a law student to enter? No, you can be a student from any discipline to enter the competition.
Can articles have dual authorship? All articles must be written by a single author and should not contain any content unless correctly referenced.
What reference style should be used? Remember this is a blog-style article, where links are usually used directly with the text. If you wish to use a reference style please use Harvard or OSCOLA.
Can I add images or appendices? Unfortunately, no images or appendices can be included in your articles.
What can I use as proof of student/graduate status? Please submit your article using your university or college email. If you do not have one, please attached a dated letter from your university confirming your student status, or a valid student identification with an expiry date visible, or a graduation certificate.
Rahul Vyan Nayar, National University of Singapore, for Thaler, Artificial Intelligence and the Law
Anokhy Desai, University of Pittsburgh, USA, for Amending 230 for Public Safety
Malwina Anna Wojcik, University of Bologna, Italy, for Machine-learnt bias?
Kim Rust, University of Sheffield, UK, for Block-chain reaction
Roisin Costello, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, for The Tortoise and the Hare?
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
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
Everything you need to know to enter The vLex International Law and Technology Writing Competition.
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 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). 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 email@example.com with “International Law & Technology Writing Competition” in the subject line.
Entries received after the close date and 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 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.