The SCL Sir Henry Brooke Student Essay Prize 2019

SCL is now open for applications to our annual Student Essay Prize 2019!

The SCL Student Essay Prize honours the memory of Sir Henry Brooke CMG, a former President of SCL and his immense contribution to the field of computers and the law.

It is a truth universally acknowledged that the world of Techlaw can sometimes seem impenetrable. If only you had the some kind of prestigious accreditation on your side... incidentally SCL are now open for entries for our annual Student Essay Prize 2019. If you are a student (undergraduate, taught postgraduate, or research postgraduate) currently registered at an accredited academic institution or legal practitioner training course and you seriously want to advance your career in tech law then this is an obvious step that you can take to further your hopes of a future career in tech law.

The designated essay question this year is “Do social network providers require (further?) regulation?” - we would like 2000-2,500 words on this.

This is a prestigious award which will nicely embellish a CV, and SCL is offering a number of prizes which we feel would greatly appeal, including:

  • A free place at the SCL Annual Conference 2019 in London (SCL will provide a maximum £250 contribution to the cost of travel and accommodation)
  • Publication in the SCL's Computers and Law Magazine and on our website
  • £250 cash

Who can enter
You are eligible to enter this competition if you are a student (undergraduate, taught postgraduate, or research postgraduate) currently registered at an accredited academic institution or legal practitioner training course (e.g. to become a barrister, solicitor or advocate).

Essay topic
You must answer the following question:

“Do social network providers require (further?) regulation?”

Length of essay
A maximum of 2,500 words of text (and a minimum of 1,500), plus up to 500 words for citations (but not any further descriptive or explanatory material, so no padding your essay with footnotes). Full competition rules are available below.

The closing date for entries is 17.00 hours on Monday 25 March 2019

We can't wait to hear from you!

SCL Essay 2019 Prize Rules

Essay requirements
Your essay must be your original work and not previously published, or submitted for publication, elsewhere. You must have written the essay in the current academic year, and you are welcome to re-use work you have done for your studies. No jointly-authored papers are permitted. You may only submit one entry. Your essay must be in English.

How to submit you essay
You must send your essay as a PDF file by email to to be received by 17.00 hours on Monday 25th March 2019. Your covering email must set out your name, mailing address, educational establishment and the course to which you are registered.

Copyright and publicity
You retain copyright ownership in your paper. You agree to your work being compared against electronic sources by automatic means, and other plagiarism checks the SCL considers appropriate. If you win, you grant to the SCL the non-exclusive right to publish the paper, in print and electronically, in SCL publications, and you agree not publish your papers elsewhere before 1 December 2019. You agree to make any prepublication editorial modifications to the winning entry that are required by the editor of Computers & Law for this purpose.

If you are the winner or your essay is “Highly Commended”, you grant the SCL the right to publish your name, photograph, educational establishment and details of your essays.

The prize
The prize is £250, a free ticket to the SCL Annual Conference 2019 (SCL will provide a maximum £250 contribution to the cost of travel and accommodation) and publication in the SCL’s Computers & Law magazine and on SCL’s website. 

The judges may, in their discretion, in addition to declaring a winner, formally award one or more other essays the title ‘Highly Commended’.

How and when will the result be announced
The result of the competition will be announced on Wednesday 1 May 2019 on the SCL website but, if there are a large number of entries, this deadline may be extended. The prize will be awarded only if, in the opinion of the judges, the standard of entries merits the award.

The judges
The judges will be IT lawyers chosen by the SCL. All entries will be anonymised before submission to the judges. The decision of the SCL as to the interpretation of these rules and the awarding of the prize (and as to whether any prize is to be awarded) is final and no correspondence or discussions regarding its decision will be entered into.

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