Comparative Law in Action The first university competition that brings together Comparative Law, Technology and Policy

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The unprecedented speed of disruptive technologies is leaving a host of regulatory challenges in its wake. Across the globe, companies and nations are scrambling to catch up, creating regulatory frameworks that facilitate innovation—while still protecting citizens and upholding the rule of law. It’s a daunting challenge and one that requires innovative legal minds who are capable of shaping our shared future.

Comparative Law in Action is the first competition of its kind, created by IE Law School to foster positive change through education by bringing together students from top law schools, The competition challenges them to work on an interactive multimedia case in a largely virtual environment, where they must reflect the methods of tomorrow's legal teams and apply a comparative legal mindset to reach innovative and all-encompassing solutions

Participants will study and analyze how law and policy adapt to new dynamics created by technology, while also leveraging its power to present solutions to legal challenges. Through a practical and immersive real-world multimedia experience, students will learn how a comparative law approach can create innovative solutions to today’s pressing global issues.

Countdown to Comparative Law in Action Challenge Launch

February 1st 2022 at 6:30 pm

Editions

2022: LoveNow

The story revolves around a fictional, international social media company, “LoveNow,” that acts as a matchmaker for its users through a digital app.

Students will be asked to consult for the social media company, which faces a series of legal challenges, both informal and more formal, from users of the app and third parties. In fact, students will act as external legal consultants to the company, analyzing a rich variety of information alongside the application’s terms and conditions, and privacy and security policies.

They will have to consider users’ rights under GDPR legislation and other international laws regarding cybercrime, as well as topics such as privacy, impersonation, identity theft, publicity rights, cyberbullying, defamation, and the right to be forgotten. Students will also need to consider the snowball effect of an online publicity scandal, the real emotional harm that social media can cause individuals, and comparative/cross-jurisdictional elements.

2021: Lalaland

Lalaland: A multimedia case study on electoral law

Lalaland is immersed in chaos and despair. Is change the only solution?

 

The first Comparative Law in Action Competition 2021 deals with social unrest in the fictional country Lalaland. Throughout this case, you will have to confront questions and issues related to the electoral system. Along the way, other challenges will arise, including the use of technology in ensuring accurate electoral results, as well as the regulation of disinformation.
Lalanders require exceptional leaders to guide them out of this turmoil. Do you have what it takes?

Check out last years winners: Tilburg law school

Learning by doing

Dean Soledad Atienza explains how the Comparative Law in Action challenge takes education to whole new level, as students are exposed to a challenging and innovative methodology and are required to put into practice rigorous legal analysis, critical thinking and other key leadership skills such as the ability to adapt to change, work in teams, creativity and communication, among others.

THE JOURNEY

  • HOW DOES IT WORK?
    HOW DOES IT WORK?

    Technology is at the heart of this experience. Over nine weeks, you and your assigned team will work virtually on an immersive, cutting-edge interactive multimedia case.

    As the challenge progresses, you will handle case facts and information to guide your learning. To mimic the dynamic reality of a lawyer´s everyday life, you will receive live notifications of breaking news and events taking place around LoveNow. This will require you to collaborate effectively and react in real-time to confront the many issues that the country is facing.

  • WHY PARTICIPATE?
    WHY PARTICIPATE?

    This is a unique opportunity for ambitious, forward-thinking law students. By competing, you will master the immersive and innovative methodologies to confront today’s tech-driven, global and legal challenges.

    Your mission is to confront the growing legal problems that are affecting the company LoveNow. To achieve your goal, you will rely on your sound knowledge of comparative law methodologies and apply your creative problem-solving skills.

    However, a challenge of this magnitude can not be overcome alone. You will be assigned a talented team of up-and-coming legal minds, who you will regularly liaise with both in a virtual environment and in the real world during the experiential week. Even with their help, this mission will require you to develop and employ every legal skill at your disposal, including effective public speaking, analyzing diverse areas of law, and drafting highly professional legal reports.

    This is your mission. Do you accept it?

  • KEY DATES
    KEY DATES

    The challenge is divided into two distinct phases, which are designed to mirror the academic year.

    Phase I: Virtual Experience
    February 2022 – April 2022

    In this first phase, you will be supplied with case facts and learning and information snippets. Mirroring the conditions of the real world, new information will be made available at different points, requiring a quick reaction to develop solutions.

    Phase II: On-Site Experience
    May 2022

    The experiential weekend (face-to-face and online) will take place in April at IE University in Madrid. Over three days, participants will have the opportunity to attend different workshops (on digital trends, presentation skills, legal design, comparative law), work in teams, and pitch their projects to a panel of juries.

    Mentors and professors will be available during this period. At the final presentations, all teams will have 30 minutes to present their final presentation to the jury.

    Key Dates

    Phase I:

    January 28: Final team members sent to us

    February 1: Comparative law in action challenge launch

    February 7: Q&A Sessions with coaches

    March 21: Obligatory Q&A with students

    April 20: Report Submission

    Phase II:

    May 7, 8: Final Competition

  • PRIZE
    PRIZE

    The winners will be invited to the IE Summer School, a unique and innovative one-week program designed for ambitious undergraduate students and recent graduates. Students will strengthen their strategic business skills through sessions focused on finance, marketing, entrepreneurship, communication, and leadership. Alongside enriching extracurricular activities, the program includes a virtual in-company session and a multimedia business case presentation that offers first-hand industry insights from leading experts in their fields.

  • FORMAT
    FORMAT

    The main format of the competition will be Face-to-Face.

Universities that participate

Edinburgh Law School

Bocconi Law School

Bucerius Law School

FGV Rio Law School

Maastricht Law School

Tilburg Law School

SciencesPo.

"IE University has evolved into an impressive university that honors its lemma ‘Unus Mundus Mentes Diversae’ (One World, Diverse Minds). Its long-established law department was prompted to organize this competition by the challenges posed by the unprecedented speed of disruptive technologies, the requirement to protect citizens and uphold the rule of law. Which ambassador could say no to an invitation to contribute to that event as a jury member?"
"The competition enabled students to seek outside the box solutions. Competitions like these require students to work effectively as a team. Throughout the process, they became each other’s best critics and strongest cheerleaders. Further, the competition provided the students with a platform to showcase their substantive knowledge as well as soft skills."
"Adaptability and an innovative bent of mind are pivotal to legal professionals wishing to succeed in the future. In order to serve clients in such a volatile environment, lawyers need to be creative and adapt to the changing and challenging circumstances"

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