Annual Essay Competition

"Should generative AI have a significant effect on questions of liability in criminal law and/or the law of tort?"

The deadline to participate in the Annual Essay Competition has passed!

The OUULJ is no longer accepting submissions to our 2024 Annual Essay Competition. 

This year's topic asks writers to contemplate the effect of generative AI on liability in criminal and/or tort law. Writers are encouraged to adopt as narrow or broad an approach as they prefer, and the Editorial Board looks forward to receiving submissions that are original, clear, and engage meaningfully with existing sources.


Submission Guidelines: 

Essays are expected to be between 2000-2500 words in length, although this is not a strict guideline. Essays should be typed in a Word Document, with Times New Roman 12 pt font and 1.5 line spacing.

Send your final submissions to in an email with the subject line 'OUULJ Essay Competition 2024', no later than 11:59 pm on May 24, 2024 (Friday of Week 5).


The winner of the Essay Competition will receive the OUULJ Essay Prize, generously sponsored by South Square. This entails publication of the winning essay on the OUULJ Blog (located on the Oxford Law Faculty website), a 200 GBP monetary prize, and the chance to be honoured at our Annual Publication Event, which will be held at the Gulbenkian Lecture Theatre on June 10. 

Please ensure you have read the complete guidelines here.

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