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 2018 Antitrust Writing Awards Jury contributes to this achievement by selecting the best writings published in 2017. The 2018 Antitrust Writing Awards consist of:

- “Best Articles”: Awards for the best articles published in academic and professional publications by individual authors
- “Best Soft Laws”: 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.

The 2019 edition of the Awards will take place on March 26, 2019.


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.


The “Best Soft Laws” 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 Laws” 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 2017 by competition agencies.

The Editorial Committee has invited competition agencies to submit their 2017 best soft law documents. The Steering Committees and Readers will vote for the 10 most innovative documents. The "Best Soft Laws" selection featured for the first time in the 2016 edition of the Antitrust Writing Awards.


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

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.


The Antitrust Writing Awards results were made public at the Gala Dinner on April 10, 2018 - the day before the ABA Antitrust Spring Meeting - in Washington DC.


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