International Writing Competitions


Thank you to all of our contributors for submitting their ideas about the novel legal issues arising from Artificial Intelligence, the Internet of Things, and related technologies that the new generation of lawyers will face, conceptualize, unlock, and potentially resolve.

We are pleased at the overwhelming response to this year’s competition, which doubled in size over the 2017-2018 event!

Our judges are now reviewing all submissions and will announce the competition’s three winners in May, at the latest. The best entries will be selected which creatively and innovatively:

  • Set forth the likely issue;
  • Explain why it likely will arise and to what degree; and
  • Analyze the probability that it can be readily resolved by application of existing law.

Submissions were not required to contain a proposed solution to the issue; however, any plausible and well-articulated solutions put forward are likely to impress the judges.

Prizes will be awarded as follows:

                      J.D. (or equivalent) & LL.M. students                   Doctoral Law students

                              First place: US $2,000                                          First place: US $2,000

                              Second place: US $1,000

Submissions were accepted through December 18, 2018. The Rules can be accessed HERE.


The inaugural International Writing Competition took place during the 2017-2018 academic year. CLCT invited law students from the United States, Canada and the European Union to submit papers setting forth novel legal issues posed by artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things, data analytics, and associated technologies.

The results of the first International Writing Competition were announced in April 2018. The competition received many impressive submissions covering a broad spectrum of issues. Winners received cash prizes funded by the Silicon Valley Community Foundation.

The winners of the 2017-2018 Writing Competition are:

  • First place was awarded to “Lights, Camera, AI; Artificial Intelligence and Copyright Ownership in the Entertainment Industry of Tomorrow” authored by Jordan Cohen from Florida International University College of Law.
  • Second place went to “Perfect Enforcement & Filtering Technology” by Brian Mund from Yale Law School.
  • Third place was awarded to “AI-‘Agents’: to be or not to be in legal ‘domain’?” jointly written by Federica Casano and Francesco Cavinato, both from Alma Mater Studiorum, Università di Bologna.

Two papers were also awarded a Special Mention:

  • Enabling Big Data Despite GDPR Substantive Uncertainty: Compliance Programs and Article 25” by Filippo Raso from Harvard Law School.
  • Platforms and States, Governance and Sovereignty” by Zi Xiang Tan from UC Berkeley School of Law.

This content has been updated on March 13, 2019 at 3:49 pm.