SCL Student Essay Prize 2017 Winner

The winner of the SCL Essay Prize is Lottie Michael.

SCL has announced the results of the 2017 SCL Essay Prize. The winner is Lottie Michael, a fourth-year student at the University of East Anglia. The essays of two other entrants, Daniel Zwi and Ella Castle, were highly commended. This year’s competition saw a record number of entries, with an impressive proportion of high-quality entries.

Lottie Michael’s essay on autonomous vehicles was described by the judge of the competition as ‘a fascinating discussion of ethical issues in addition to legal considerations’. She wins £250 in cash and a free place at the SCL Annual Conference 2017 (including the Conference dinner) on Thursday 8 June 2017 at the IET in London. The winning essay will be published in Computers & Law.

Lottie Michael said:

‘I am so excited to have won the competition! It was a truly challenging question and one that I thoroughly enjoyed researching and discussing. The development of technology and artificial intelligence is undeniably exciting but it is essential to keep ethical considerations at the forefront of all discussion. I am very much looking forward to the SCL Conference - thank you so much to SCL for this opportunity. Additionally, thank you to my lovely and supportive adviser, Dr Karen Mc Cullagh, who directed me to this competition.’

Lottie is in her final (4th) year studying for a Law with European Legal Systems degree at the University of East Anglia. She is very interested in international security, counter-terrorism, technology and the law, and will be looking for a career path in this direction.

The two runners-up, Daniel Zwi and Ella Castle, both addressed the set question concerning the CJEU’s Mc Fadden judgment. Their essays will be published on the SCL website.

There were 13 valid entries, covering a broad range of topics – autonomous vehicles, investigatory powers, copyright and privacy and cyberspace regulation. A number of entries provided valuable and original insights. The competition judge was impressed by the fact that students are clearly giving detailed consideration to government publications and legislative reform proposals and are thinking about the impact of law, and of technology, on society.

Published: 2017-05-31T10:00:00

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