Oath of Justitia Competition

The LLI's Oath of Justitia

In early 2021, we invited students from across the world to participate in the LLI’s Oath of Justitia competition. In this initiative, we challenged teams of students to formulate a modern-day Hippocratic Oath for lawyers.

We were delighted that this competition captured so many students’ attention, and we received a total of 22 registrations spanning five continents.

In total, we offered three accolades:

  1. First Prize for the Oath
  2. Runner Up Prize for the Oath
  3. Prize for the Best Deployment Plan (bonus)

Our bonus prize encouraged students to explain exactly how their Oath could gain traction in the legal industry and be widely adopted by stakeholders.

In the marketing phase, we were delighted to have Mark A Cohen (CEO of Legal Mosaic, Co-founder & Executive Chairman of The Digital Legal Exchange) on board to endorse the competition. You can watch our interview with Mark here:

Additionally, we were excited to welcome jury members from across the world, namely:

  1. Tatiana Caldas-Löttiger
  2. Laura Fauqueur
  3. Václav Janeček
  4. Quddus Pourshafie
  5. Marc Quabius
  6. Nina Stoeckel
  7. Emma Ziercke

You can read more about our jury members here:

The winning teams

Having held our remote awards ceremony on 12th June 2021, we are now delighted to announce the competition results and congratulate the winning teams.

Oath of Justitia winning teams
First Prize winners

The Sentinel of Good Feelings Team, consisting of:

Elijah Granet (University of Bayreuth)

Alexandra Molitorisová (University of Bayreuth)

Lissy Verrall (Inns of Court College of Advocacy)

Runner Up Prize winners

The Gavel Smashers Team, consisting of:

Winona Horton (University of Melbourne)

Angela Stevens (University of Melbourne)

Matt Harper (University of Melbourne)

Best Deploymen Plan Prize winners

The Sentinel of Good Feelings Team, consisting of:

Elijah Granet (University of Bayreuth)

Alexandra Molitorisová (University of Bayreuth)

Lissy Verrall (Inns of Court College of Advocacy)

We are delighted that our winning teams have found this competition an enriching experience. Here are their thoughts on the project:

The Sentinels of Good Feelings:

We were drawn to the competition by the incredible chance to design an oath for the legal profession which could impact how law is practised all over the world! In addition, amidst COVID-19, we were excited to have an excuse to work together (even though we were never physically with each other) and have a social connection in a time of physical distancing.  Our philosophy in writing the oath was that even if the present was bleak, the future of law was bright! Our commitment to optimism also inspired our team name—good feelings all around!

The Gavel Smashers:

We initially signed up for The Oath of Justitia Competition because it was a new and fun way to consider the role of ethics within the profession. Furthermore, coming from Australia, it offered a meaningful way to connect with the international legal community. We have greatly enjoyed the opportunity to reflect on what it means to be a good lawyer in a time of rapid technological change, and are eager to see where the project goes from here.

Read the award-winning Oath and the accompanying essays
Next steps for the Oath of Justitia - get involved!

We are currently outlining the next steps for the Oath of Justitia project. If you’d like to get involved, please simply email oath@liquid-legal-institute.org