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The Institute for Technology Law & Policy is pleased to announce the winners of our inaugural nation-wide Georgetown Law Technology Review Student Tech Writing Competition.

The competition, conducted with generous support from BSA | The Software Alliance, challenged students to address legal, political, and social questions raised by the emergence of artificial intelligence, machine learning, and algorithmic decision-making. 

A panel of judges—comprising representatives from academia, civil society, industry, and government—selected three winners from the more than fifty submissions to the competition. 

The winners are: 

First Place: Lauren Renaud (Georgetown '19), Will You Believe It When You See It: How and Why the Press Should Prepare for Deepfakes

Second Place: Thomas Belcastro (Cornell '19), Getting On Board with Robots: How the Business Judgment Rule Should Apply to Artificial Intelligence Devices Serving as Members of a Corporate Board

Third Place: Theodore Bruckbauer (Northwestern '19), CFIUS and A.I.: Defending National Security While Allowing Foreign Investment

Each winning paper is awarded a cash prize: $4,000 for first place, $2,000 for second place, and $1,000 for third place. In addition, each of the selected papers will be published as student notes in the Georgetown Law Technology Review

Congratulations to our winning authors, and thank you to everyone who submitted excellent papers for this competition!

Thank you, also, to our judges for the 2019 Writing Competition: 

Joshua Banker, Editor-in-Chief, and Laura Harris, co-Managing Editor, Georgetown Law Technology Review

Professor Julie Cohen, Georgetown Law

Aaron Cooper, VP for Global Policy, BSA | The Software Alliance

Alexandra Givens, Executive Director, Georgetown Institute for Tech Law & Policy

Logan Koepke, Senior Policy Analyst, Upturn

Dr. Carolyn Nguyen, Director of Technology Policy, Microsoft

Dean Paul Ohm, Georgetown Law

Anant Raut, Senior Counsel, U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary

Professor Tanina Rostain, Georgetown Law

Bari Williams, VP of Legal, Business & Policy Affairs, All Turtles

The call for the 2019-2020 academic year competition will be posted on September 20, 2019 at www.georgetowntech.org/writingcompetition

2018-2019 Competition Announcement

[The 2018-2019 competition is now closed; the below information is posted for reference purposes only. The 2019-2020 competition will go live on September 20, 2019].

Georgetown Law’s Institute for Technology Law & Policy and The Georgetown Law Technology Review are pleased to announce a new student writing competition to encourage original writing in the field of tech law and policy.

2018-2019 TOPIC

Entrants are invited to submit papers addressing a legal or public policy question relating to artificial intelligence, machine learning, the use of data analytics and/or algorithmic decision-making. Example topics include: questions of data ownership, questions relating to transparency or testability, questions relating to intellectual property, privacy, consumer protection, competition, issues of bias and discrimination, or product liability; or subject-matter- specific legal issues arising from various applications of a technology. Preference will be given to papers that are relevant to current legal and public policy debates or present an original perspective.


Up to three winners will be selected, with a First Prize of $4,000, a Second Prize of $2,000, and a Third Prize of $1,000.

Winning papers may be selected for publication in The Georgetown Law Technology Review.


Papers will be accepted from students enrolled at any ABA-accredited law school in the United States during the 2018-2019 academic year. The paper must be the author’s own work, although students may incorporate feedback received as part of an academic course or supervised writing project.

The paper must not have been published or committed for publication in another journal; The Georgetown Law Technology Review must have the first right of publication for any winning essay.

Papers will be evaluated based on thoroughness of research and analysis, relevance to the competition topic, relevance to current legal and/ or public policy debates, originality of thought, and clarity of expression.

Papers should be 3000-5000 words (not including footnotes) and be submitted in Times New Roman Size 12 font, single spaced. Footnotes must conform to the 20th edition of The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation. Papers must be in English.


The deadline for submissions is 11:59 p.m. EST on May 31, 2019.

Papers must be submitted via email to TechInstitute@law. georgetown.edu in Word format with the file named in the format “LastName_FirstName_WritingCompetition”.

Papers must be preceded by a cover page (included in the same Word file) containing the following information:

  • Full Name of Author

  • Name of ABA-accredited Law School

  • Graduation Year

  • Email Address

  • Phone Number

  • The following affirmation: “I affirm that this paper is an original work of scholarship authored by me. The paper (or any variation thereof authored by me) has not been published, or committed for publication, in any other publication. If this paper is selected as a winner, I grant The Georgetown Law Technology Review the right of first publication of the paper. I have read and agree to the Competition Rules set forth at www.georgetowntech.org/writingcompetition.”

Entrant’s name and law school shall only appear on the cover page. Papers shall contain no identifying information.


The winner will be notified by phone or email on or before August 31, 2019.


The judges’ decisions are final.

Winners will be required to submit a completed W-9, affidavit of eligibility, tax acknowledgment and liability release for tax purposes as a condition to receiving the cash prize. All forms must be completed and returned via email within 14 days of receipt, or prizes will be considered forfeited and another winner may be named.

The authors of papers that are selected for publication will be required to sign an agreement warranting the entry’s originality and granting the GLTR first publication rights.

If a potential winner does not respond within 14 days of the first attempt to contact him or her, or if the contact is returned as non-deliverable, the potential winner forfeits all rights to be named as a winner or receive a prize, and an alternate winner may be chosen.

Entrants may submit multiple entries per year. Jointly authored papers are eligible, provided all authors meet the eligibility requirements for the competition. If a winning paper has more than one author, the prize will be split equally among the co-authors.

Winners will be solely responsible for all federal, state, local or other taxes, if any such taxes apply. Cash prizes will only be paid in US Dollars by way of check or bank transfer. Any fees that may be charged from time to time by the relevant bank will be deducted from the prize money.

Georgetown Law’s Institute for Technology Law & Policy, the Georgetown Technology Law Review and BSA | The Software Alliance (together “the Organizers”) are not responsible for incorrect or inaccurate entry information, late, lost or misdirected entries, or for computer errors or technical failures, including by reason of any bug, computer virus or other failure.

In the unlikely event that no entries are of sufficient quality to merit an award, the Organizers reserve the right not to award any prizes.

The Writing Competition is governed by U.S. law and all relevant federal, state and local rules and regulations apply. By entering, all entrants agree that the competition shall be governed by the laws of the District of Columbia and that the courts of the District of Columbia shall have exclusive jurisdiction for any dispute or litigation relating to or arising from the competition. Void where prohibited by law.

By participating, each entrant agrees to the rules of the Writing Competition and the decisions of the Organizers and releases, discharges and holds harmless the Organizers and each of their respective officers, directors, members, employees, independent contractors, agents, representatives, successors and assigns from any and all liability whatsoever in connection with the Writing Competition, including without limitation legal claims, costs, injuries, loss or damages, demands or actions of any kind.

This Writing Competition may be cancelled, modified or terminated for any reason.


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