Open to students and young legal professionals worldwide,* this competition seeks to explore the frontiers of cognitive liberty and the current legal frameworks surrounding it.

As neurotechnology advances, the boundaries of what can be achieved through brain science extend, and with them, new questions arise regarding privacy, consent, and mental integrity. We invite you to delve into these emerging issues and provide your perspective on the adequacy of current legal protections for cognitive liberty.

Submission guidelines

  • Essays must answer the question: To what extent is cognitive liberty adequately protected by the GDPR? - in no more than 2,000 words, excluding references.
  • Submissions must be in English, typed and double-spaced.
  • All work must be original and not previously published.

Essays will be judged based on clarity, originality and adherence to the theme. Entries should be emailed to with the subject line ‘Essay Competition 2024’. Ensure that all your contact information is included and you adhere to the specified guidelines.

The deadline for submission is 1 September 2024. 

* Eligibility: Current students in any discipline and at any academic level; pupil barristers and solicitor trainees; and newly qualified lawyers of no more than 3 years’ PQE. Prizes: The winning essay will be published on and receive a prize of £250. The runner-up will receive a bottle of champagne and third prize is a copy of Nita Farahany’s book, The Battle for Your Brain (St. Martin’s Press: 2023).