2020 Awards Rules

Rules

A. AIM

The aim of the Antitrust Writing Awards ("Awards") is to promote competition scholarship and to contribute to competition advocacy. Each year, the Awards Jury (“Jury”) and Concurrences readers (“Readers”) contribute to this achievement by selecting the best writings published around the world.

The Editorial Committee continuously collects nominations and announces them at the beginning of a new year. The Jury, composed of leading enforcers, academics and counsel, participate impartially in this selection and seek to reward the most meaningful antitrust publications of 2019. Additionally, all Readers are encouraged to nominate antitrust writings and vote for the Awards. In order to ensure impartiality, the Jury’s Members must recuse themselves from voting in any category where their articles have been nominated.

The Awards consist of:

- “Best Articles”: 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”: best non-enforcement tools published by competition agencies such as guidelines, market studies, white papers, etc.

- “Best Newsletters”: ranking of best law firm antitrust newsletters.

- “Best Student Paper”: best antitrust papers written by current Law & Economics students.

B. BEST ARTICLES

1. Eligibility

Articles eligible must have been:

- accepted for publication, published, or released in print or electronic format in English between January 1 and December 31, 2019; and

- made freely available on the Internet (SSRN, academic websites...) or on the Awards website in order to allow the Jury to vote.

Articles can be co-authored and eligible authors must be natural persons.

Articles will be classified in Academic and Business categories:

- Academic: long articles accepted for publication, published, or released in print or electronic format in academic peer-reviewed journals, chapters of academic books or student journals…;

- Business: short articles accepted for publication, published, or released in print or electronic format in professional publications, such as non-peer reviewed journals, briefs, memoranda, blogs...

Each of the above categories is sub-divided into the same 10 sub-categories:

  • General Antitrust: including general antitrust theory and paradigms, new ideas and perspectives for antitrust on a general level
  • Concerted Practices: including criminal and civil cartel enforcement federal, state, and local level, treatment of joint ventures, vertical restrictions
  • Monopolization/Unilateral conduct: including attempted monopolization, tying, predatory pricing
  • 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
  • Cross-border Issues: antitrust issues arising within multiple national or supranational jurisdictions
  • Procedural Issues: issues relating to antitrust procedures by courts, enforcers, and parties to antitrust cases
  • Asian Antitrust: issues relating to antitrust enforcement in Asia (China, Japan, India, Kazakhstan...)
  • Economics: including economic theories, models, and statistical tools used in the antitrust field

2. Selection & Voting procedure

2.1 Jury’s Choice

The Editorial Committee selects two pools of eligible academic and business articles based on Readers’ submissions and the Steering Committees’ suggestions.

The Steering Committees will vote for their favorite articles, resulting in a short list of 40 finalists (20 Academic and 20 Business). Finally, the Board votes for the 20 award-winning articles (10 Academic and 10 Business), 1 for each sub-category.

Articles are judged according to the quality of writing, scholarship, originality, practical relevance and the contribution they make to competition advocacy. The Board reserves the right to award fewer awards than planned if the articles under consideration do not meet the standards of the Awards.

2.2 Readers’ Choice

Readers will be able to vote online on their favorite article starting in January of 2020 until April 20, 2020. The most voted articles in both the Academic and Business categories will be announced as the winners during the Awards Gala Dinner.

Each reader can vote only once per article and the votes are anonymous, with no personal information from the reader being stored on the website, except for non-personally identifiable data used by the computer system to exclude duplicate votes.

3. Tie-Breaking for Nominees

Should the Steering Committees’ votes result in a tie, with no two clear most voted articles for each sub-category, all articles with the same number of votes will be submitted to the Board members.

In case of further ties at the Board level, the chairman of the Board will make the final decision.

4. Multiple wins

In order to ensure all nominated authors have a fair chance of winning an award, one author cannot be awarded in multiple categories in the same year.

Should the same author have the most number of votes in more than one category, the article with a higher number of votes will be considered as the winner and the other articles will be withdrawn from the competition.

C. BEST SOFT LAW

The “Best Soft Law” selection aims to contribute to developing antitrust culture and awareness. Alongside the ICN’s 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 antitrust administration practices that could be usefully applied more generally.

1. Eligibility

Eligible publications are non-enforcement tools such as guidelines, market studies, white papers etc., issued by competition agencies between January 1 and December 31, 2019. Publications are judged according to practical relevance, innovation and the contribution they make to competition advocacy. English versions or detailed English summaries are required to be made freely available on the agency’s website.

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 best documents. The number of winners may vary between 5 and 10, depending on the actual number of submissions.

3. Readers’ Choice

Readers will be able to vote online for their favorite soft laws starting in January of 2020 until April 20, 2020. The most voted articles both on the Academic and Business categories will be announced as the winners during the Gala Dinner.

Each reader can vote only once per article and the votes are anonymous, with no personal information from the reader being stored on the website, except for non-personally identifiable data used by the computer system to exclude duplicate votes.

D. BEST NEWSLETTERS

While the Awards for Best Articles reward individual articles, the Awards for Best Newsletters Ranking reward antitrust newsletters and related free access professional publications considered overall. The Best Newsletters Ranking’s goal is to promote competition advocacy by selecting the best of these publications so that counsel can know what they should read first, depending on the subject matter.

1. Eligibility

Antitrust professional publications include newsletters, client briefs, memoranda, blogs etc., made freely available on the websites of both law firms and economic consulting firms. Eligible authors are corporate entities.

Publications:

- must have been released in English between January 1 and December 31, 2019; and
- are case or text summaries commenting on specific cases, regulations, or guidelines and must be at least one page long. Articles that do not refer to a specific case or text (i.e., they cover general antitrust issues or comment various cases) are not considered for the purposes of this Ranking; and
- cover more than one case will not be considered unless each case is treated individually and is at least one page long.

Publications are ranked according to 10 categories:

  • Readership: based on a questionnaire sent to over 6,500 counsel, where they acknowledge having received the publications
  • Counsels’ Choice: based on a questionnaire sent to over 6,500 in-house counsel where they express their preferences among the surveyed publications
  • Country Coverage: based on the number of jurisdictions issuing the decision/guideline and not the number of countries actually affected by the decision
  • Case Coverage: based on the number of cases (including laws or regulations) reported in the publications of each firm
  • Cartels: based on the number of articles concerning cartels in the publications of each firm
  • Mergers: based on the number of articles concerning mergers in the publications of each firm
  • IP & Antitrust: based on the number of cases concerning antitrust and IT published in the publications of each firm
  • Private Enforcement: based on the number of articles concerning private enforcement issues published in the publications of each firm
  • Asian Antitrust: based on the number of cases concerning antitrust in Asia published in the publications of each firm
  • Accessibility: based on objective criteria (pdf/html/print publications, access to archives…) and subjective criteria (search engine features…) applied to 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 Counsel’s Choice rankings, the Editorial Committee sends a questionnaire to the over 6,500 in-house counsel subscribing to Concurrences Review 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 address is requested in order to make sure only in-house counsel vote.

E. BEST STUDENT PAPER

The Antitrust Writing Award for Best Student Paper rewards one student paper that stands out by its originality or relevance to current antitrust issues. The goal of the Award for Best Student Paper is to promote antitrust laws, antitrust economics, and antitrust policies among Law and Economics students and to support student scholarship in the field.

The winners will have their submission published in the Concurrences e-Competitions Bulletin (which covers antitrust cases from 85+ jurisdictions globally), and will receive a one-year Concurrences+ subscription (which gives access to the entire database of writings, photos, and videos from Concurrences antitrust conferences, articles, and books). In addition, the winners will be invited to accept the Award in person at the Concurrences + GW Antitrust Writing Awards Gala Dinner, in front of 200+ top antitrust enforcers, lawyers, economists, and academics from around the world.

1. Eligibility

Students who want to participate in the competition must be graduate students currently enrolled in a law school, business school, or graduate school economics program at the Master’s level or higher for the academic year 2019-2020. Eligible papers must have been written or published by the student(s) during 2019.

Students must submit the name of their school and proof of their enrollment when submitting their paper.

One individual participant cannot submit more than three (3) papers.

2. Format

Participants must submit a paper in the format of a case summary or commentary of an antitrust case, investigation, regulation, guideline, or policy. The paper may cover antitrust cases that are criminal or civil, at the local, regional, national or international level, public or private enforcement, within any jurisdiction globally.

Papers must be between 2,000 and 3,000 words long and must be written in English. There are no restrictions as to the format of the paper, and students are encouraged to submit original presentations. Papers can be individual or co-authored.

3. Selection & Voting procedure

The Best Student Paper Award will be awarded to the paper which collects the most votes from a peer jury composed of five (5) George Washington University Law School students under the mentorship of Prof. Bill Kovacic.

Any questions regarding the Antitrust Writing Award for Best Student Paper should be referred to awards@concurrences.com.

F. TERMS

1. Submissions

The deadline for submitting all documents for nominations is December 22, 2019. Submissions are to be done by using the electronic nomination forms on the Awards website (www.awards.concurrences.com) or by emailing awards@concurrences.com.

2. Publication

The Awards results will be made public at the Gala Dinner, which will take place the day before the ABA Antitrust Spring Meeting in Washington, DC. The Awards results will also be announced via social media and emails to subscribers to Concurrences Review and e-Competitions Bulletins after the Gala Dinner. The results are made available on this website. A detailed report is published in a special print issue of Concurrences Review.

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4. Miscellaneous

The Awards are managed by Concurrences. Concurrences, 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 Awards.