The Antitrust Writing Awards’ goal is to promote antitrust scholarship and competition advocacy by recognizing and awarding the best articles published in the antitrust law and law & economics fields.
Articles eligible must have been published in print or electronic format in 2012 in English. 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 articles published or accepted for publication in academic peer-reviewed journals, whereas the Business category comprises articles published in professional publications, such as newsletters, client briefs, memoranda, blogs. Each of these categories is sub-divided as follow:
General: including cross-over topics, procedural issues
Anticompetitive 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
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 & Ranking 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 then each make a short list of nominated articles. The Board members finally select the award-winning articles among the 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.
Papers 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.
Whereas the Awards reward individual articles, the Ranking rewards free access antitrust professional publications considered overall. The Ranking’s’ goal is to promote competition advocacy by selecting the best of these publications in order for readers to know what they should read first, depending what they are looking for.
Antitrust professional publications include newsletters, client briefs, memoranda, blogs, e-books, and even webinars accompanied by written presentations made freely available on websites of law firms, economic consulting firms, universities... Publications eligible must have been released in print or electronic format in 2012 in English. Authors eligible are corporate entities. Publications are ranked according to 7 categories:
Country coverage: Ranking based on number of jurisdictions addressed in the 2012 publications of each firm
Case coverage: Ranking based on number of cases covered in the 2012 publications of each firm
Accessibility: Ranking based on objective criteria (pdf/html/print publications, access to archives…) and subjective criteria (design, search engine features…)
Innovation: Ranking based on individual interviews
Readership: Ranking based on number of counsels having acknowledged that they receive the surveyed publications (based on a questionnaire sent to 3,500 counsels)
Counsels’ Choice: Ranking based on counsels’ choice of their favorite professional publication (based on a questionnaire sent to 3,500 counsels)
Winning Business Awards articles
2. Selection & Voting procedure
The Editorial Committee selects a pool of eligible antitrust professional publications. The assessment of the above categories is based on a combination of objective and subjective criteria, 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 1 February to 9 March 2013. The Awards and the Ranking final votes are announced at the Awards Gala Dinner on 9 April 2013 - the day before the ABA Antitrust Spring Meeting - in Washington DC. Attendance is on invitation only.
The Awards and the Ranking final votes are announced by an email to Concurrences and e-Competitions subscribers after the Awards Gala Dinner. The final votes are made available on this website for 1 year. A detailed report is published in a special print issue of Concurrences Journal.
The Antitrust Writing Awards & Rankings are managed by the Institute of Competition Law. The Institute, 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 & Ranking.