The aim of the Antitrust Writing Awards is to promote competition scholarship and to contribute to competition advocacy. Each year, the Antitrust Writing Awards Jury contributes to this achievement by selecting the best writings published.
A Board and two Steering Committees, composed of leading enforcers, academics and counsels, participate impartially in this selection and seek to reward the most meaningful antitrust publications of the year.
The Antitrust Writing Awards consist of:
“Best Articles”: Awards for the best academic publications (peer-reviewed or student journals) and best business publications (non-peer-reviewed journals, briefs, memoranda, posts etc.) published by individual authors
“Best Soft Law”: Selection of the most innovative non-enforcement tools published by competition agencies such as guidelines, market studies, white papers, etc.
“Best Newsletters”: Ranking of the best law firms antitrust newsletters.
Articles eligible must have been accepted for publication, published or released in print or electronic format in English between January 1st and December 31st of the previous year. Articles can be co-authored. Authors eligible are individuals. Articles must be made freely available on the Internet (SSRN, academic websites...) or on the Awards website for the purpose of these Awards in order to allow the Jury to vote. Articles are classified in Academic and Business categories. The Academic category comprises long articles published or accepted for publication in academic peer-reviewed journals, chapters of academic books or student journals..., whereas the Business category comprises short articles published in professional publications, such as non-peer reviewed journals, briefs, memoranda, blogs... Each of these categories is sub-divided as follow:
Concerted Practices: including criminal cartel enforcement, civil federal, state, and private enforcement, treatment of joint ventures, vertical restrictions
Monopolization/Unilateral conduct: including attempted monopolization and invitations to collude
Mergers: substantive merger analysis, merger enforcement and guidelines
Intellectual Property: issues relating to antitrust and intellectual property
Private Enforcement: issues relating to antitrust private enforcement
Asian Antitrust: issues relating to antitrust enforcement in Asia (China, Japan, India...)
Economics: including economic theories, models, and statistical tools used in the antitrust field
2. Selection & Voting procedure
The Editorial Committee of the Antitrust Writing Awards selects two pools of eligible academic and business articles based on Academic and Business Steering Committees members’ suggestions. The Steering Committees members and the Readers of Concurrences Journal and its sister publication e-Competitions then each make a short list of 10 nominated articles, one article per Award category. The Board members finally votes for the 10 award-winning articles among the 20 nominated articles provided by the Steering Committees and the Readers. The Editorial Committee, the Steering Committees and the Board members are collectively referred as the Jury.
Articles are judged according to writing, scholarship, originality, practical relevance and the contribution they make to competition advocacy. There is a winning-award article for each of the sub-categories mentioned at 1. above, for each of the Academic and Business categories. However, the Board reserves the right to award fewer Awards than planned if the articles under consideration do not meet the high standards of the Awards.
The “Best Soft Law” selection aims to contribute to developing antitrust culture and awareness. Alongside the ICN work, it seeks to support international antitrust advocacy by drawing attention towards the most meaningful competition agency practices. It aims at singling out some of the most interesting administration practices that could be usefully applied more generally. The “Best Soft Law” is neither an award nor a ranking but a mere selection of some of the best soft laws.
Eligible publications are non-enforcement tools such as guidelines, market studies, white papers etc., issued by competition agencies between January 1st and December 31st of the previous year. Publications are judged according to practical relevance, innovation and the contribution they make to competition advocacy. English versions or detailed English summaries are required.
2. Selection & Voting procedure
The Editorial Committee invites competition agencies to submit their best soft law documents. The Steering Committees and Readers then vote for the 10 most innovative documents.
Whereas the Best Articles Awards reward individual articles, the Best Newsletters Awards and Ranking rewards antitrust newsletters and related free access professional publications considered overall. The Best Newsletters Awards and Ranking’s goal is to promote competition advocacy by selecting the best of these publications in order for counsels to know what they should read first, depending what they are looking for.
Antitrust professional publications include newsletters, client briefs, memoranda, blogs etc. made freely available on websites of law firms. Publications eligible must have been released in English between January 1st and December 31st of the previous year. Authors eligible are corporate entities. Publications are ranked according to 10 categories:
Global: The Global Ranking is based on the 9 rankings below.
Readership: Award and Ranking based on number of counsels acknowledging receiving the surveyed publications (based on a questionnaire send to 3,500 counsels)
Counsel Choice: Award and Ranking based on the surveyed publications preferred by counsels (based on a questionnaire send to 3,500 counsels)
Country coverage: Award and Ranking based on the number of jurisdictions addressed in the publications of each firm
Cases Coverage: Award and Ranking based on the number of cases reported in the publications of each firm
Cartels: Award and Ranking based on on the number of articles concerning cartels in the publications of each firm
IP & Antitrust: Award and Ranking based on the number of cases concerning antitrust and IT published in the publications of each firm
Private enforcement: Award and Ranking based on the number of articles concerning private enforcement issues published in the publications of each firm
Asian Antitrust: Award and Ranking based on the number of cases concerning antitrust in Asia published in the publications of each firm
Accessibility: Award and Ranking based on objective criteria (pdf/html/print publications, access to archives…) and subjective criteria (search engine features…) of the website of each firm
2. Selection & Voting procedure
The Editorial Committee selects a pool of eligible newsletters and related antitrust professional publications. The assessment of the above Awards and Rankings is based on a combination of objective - and subjective criteria where relevant - together with individual interviews.
For the Readership and Counsels’ Choice rankings, the Editorial Committee sends a questionnaire to the 3,500 counsels subscribing to Concurrences Journal and e-Competitions Bulletin. Any in-house counsel or general counsel dealing with antitrust law is eligible to vote. Firms considered in the ranking can direct their clients to the online questionnaire in order to include in the survey their own contacts’ votes. A business e-mail is requested in order to make sure only counsels vote.
Voting from the Steering Committees and the Readers takes place from January 1st to March 1st. The Antitrust Writing Awards results are made public at the Gala Dinner which takes place the day before the ABA Antitrust Spring Meeting in Washington DC.
The Antitrust Writing Awards results are announced via social media and emails to subscribers to Concurrences Journal and e-Competitions Bulletins after the Awards Gala Dinner. The results are made available on this website. A detailed report is published in a special print issue of Concurrences Journal.
The Antitrust Writing Awards are managed by Concurrences Journal. Concurrences Journal, acting as the event manager, works to ensure that a sufficient number of quality articles and publications are submitted and surveyed, checks eligibility and organizes the Awards ceremony. Any unexpected issues will be dealt with by the Editorial Committee of the Antitrust Writing Awards.