What are the Antitrust Writing Awards?

The aim of the Antitrust Writing Awards is to promote competition scholarship and to contribute to competition advocacy. The 2016 Antitrust Writing Awards Jury contributes to this achievement by selecting the best writings published in 2015. The 2016 Antitrust Writing Awards consist of:

- “Best Articles”: Awards for the best articles published in academic and professional publications 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.


These Awards feature two different categories of articles: Academic and Business. The Academic Articles category comprises long articles (published in academic journals...), whereas the Business Articles category features short articles (published in professional magazines or newsletters...). There are 10 Awards in each of the Academic and Business categories (General, Anticompetitive Practices, Dominance, Mergers, Intellectual Property, Private Enforcement, Cross-border Issues, Procedural Issues, Asian Antitrust, and, Economics).

The articles are selected by the Jury and by Readers. The Jury consists of a Board, an Academic and a Business Steering Committees composed of the leading academics and counsels. Readers of Concurrences Review and its sister publication e-Competitions contribute to the selection process by voting for articles. Click here to see the Jury.

To ensure transparency, but also impartiality and expertise in the processing of the Awards, publications are assessed following an international peer-reviewed evaluation process. Members of the Board and of the Steering Committees are chosen from world-renowned antitrust enforcers, counsels and academics who are committed to judging the Awards fairly. Click here to see the Rules.

> Click here to read the 2015 winning-award articles and watch winners’ videos
> Click here to read the 2014 winning-award articles and watch winners’ videos
> Click here to read the 2013 winning-award articles
> Click here to read the 2012 winning-award articles


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 in 2015 by competition agencies.

The Editorial Committee invites competition agencies to submit their 2015 best soft law documents. The Steering Committees and Readers then vote for the 10 most innovative documents. The "Best Soft Law" selection featured for the first time in the 2015 edition of the Antitrust Writing Awards.

> Click here to read the 2015 best Soft Laws


While the Articles Awards reward individual articles, the Best Newsletters Ranking rewards firms’ publications overall considered. 30 firm’s publications have been reviewed. These concern news letters, client briefs, memoranda, blogs… freely made available on the firms’ websites.

Awards 2015

They are around 80 antitrust professional publications published by both law firms and economic consulting firms. Quality and interest of these publication vary but are going into the right direction due to increased competition between firms. The increased number of ranking of individual lawyers or firms practices has make it necessary for firms to show their expertise in a different way. However, client capacities to read or browse such publications is limited and they are just too many of them and too many the same to have a fair view of what is worth reading. Ranking such publications is meant to guide readers on which publications they should read first, depending what they are looking for.

> Click here to see the 2015 results of the Awards & Rankings
> Click here to see the 2014 results of the Awards & Rankings
> Click here to see the 2013 results of the Awards & Rankings


The Antitrust Writing Awards results will be made public at the Gala Dinner on April 5, 2016 - the day before the ABA Antitrust Spring Meeting - in Washington DC.

> Click here to see photos of the 2015 Awards Ceremony
> Click here to see photos of the 2014 Awards Ceremony
> Click here to see photos of the 2013 Awards Ceremony
> Click here to read the testimonials


Concurrences Review and George Washington University Law School Competition Law Center, are organizing the Antitrust Writing Awards with the support of partners.

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