A. ARTICLES AWARDS
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 accepted for publication, published or released in print or electronic format in 2013 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 or chapters of academic books, whereas the Business category comprises articles published in professional publications, such as non-peer reviewed journals, 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
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 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.
B. NEWSLETTERS AWARDS
Whereas the Articles Awards reward individual articles, the Newsletters Awards rewards antitrust newsletters and related free access professional publications considered overall. The Newsletters Awards’ 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 videos and webinars made freely available on websites of law firms, economic consulting firms... Publications eligible must have been released in print or electronic format in 2013 in English. Authors eligible are corporate entities. Publications are ranked according to 10 categories:
1. Country coverage: Ranking based on the number of jurisdictions addressed in the 2013 publications of each firm
2. Cases Coverage: Ranking based on the number of cases reported in the 2013 publications of each firm
3. Asian Antitrust: Ranking based on the number of cases concerning antitrust in Asia published in the 2013 publications of each firm
4. IT & Antitrust: Ranking based on the number of cases concerning antitrust and IT published in the 2013 publications of each firm
5. Private enforcement: Ranking based on the number of articles concerning private enforcement issues published in the 2013 publications of each firm
6. Economics: Ranking based on the number of economics articles, notes or reports published in the 2013 publications of each firm (economic consultancy firms only)
7. Readership: Ranking based on number of counsels acknowledging receiving the surveyed publications (based on a questionnaire send to 3,500 counsels)
8. Counsel Choice: Ranking based on the surveyed publications preferred by counsels (based on a questionnaire send to 3,500 counsels)
9. Accessibility: Ranking based on objective criteria (pdf/html/print publications, access to archives…) and subjective criteria (search engine features…) of the website of each firm
10. Innovation: Ranking based on innovative professional publications such as blogs, e-books, webinars, videos… made available on 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 categories 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 (except for the Economics ranking).
The Institute of Competition Law has designed a proven, data-driven approach survey that provide both publishers and readers of such publication with substantial and innovative information on antitrust newsletters and related professional publications published by law firms. A detailed questionnaire is send to the 3500 counsels subscribing to e-Competitions. This questionnaire contains two sets of questions: General questions on what do counsels think about the various antitrust publications they receive, and; Specific questions on given publications. Individual answers remain confidential; only aggregated data are provided. As an incentive to answering, the first fifty responding Counsels were invited to the Awards Gala Dinner on March 25, 2014. The results of this survey is communicated to the sponsors, the Board and the Business Steering Committee members, and the counsels having participated to the survey.
Voting from the Steering Committees and the readers takes place from 1 January to 1 March 2014. The Awards final votes were announced at the Awards Gala Dinner on 25 March 2014 - the day before the ABA Antitrust Spring Meeting - in Washington DC.
The Awards 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. A detailed report is published in a special print issue of Concurrences Journal.
The Antitrust Writing Awards 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.