LCF Award

As part of the Lear Competition Festival, Lear has instituted a Short Essay Award for young economists and lawyers who wish to pursue a professional carrier in the field of antitrust, policy assessment and/or regulation.

The Short Essay can deal with any topic related to:

  • Competition law
  • Competition economics
  • Public policy assessment (not limited to competition)
  • Regulation (in any sector)

Four Short Essays will be short-listed and their authors will have the opportunity to present their work during the LCF.

Two of the short-listed Essays will be selected. The two winners, one economist and one lawyer will be awarded a scholarship to the 2020 Trento Summer School on EU Advanced Competition Law and Economics


The Scientific Committee will prepare a ranking of the four best essays, two from lawyers and two from economists. The Scientific Committee includes the following four outstanding academics and practitioners:

Michele Carpagnano

Michele Carpagnano

Dentons Rome, Professor of Trento University, Faculty of Law

Joseph Harrington

Joseph Harrington

Professor, Department of Business Economics & Public Policy, The Wharton School University of Pennsylvania

William Kovacic

William E. Kovacic

Professor of Global Competition Law and Policy at George Washington University

Tommaso Valletti

Tommaso Valletti

Professor of Economics at Imperial College Business School


Participation to the LCF Short Essay Award is open to graduate students, post-graduate students, young professionals who wish to pursue a carrier in the field of competition law and economics, policy assessment and regulation. Both economists and lawyers can participate in the contest. However, participation is subject to prior registration at the Lear Competition Festival.

The Short Essay should be submitted in PDF to

The deadline for the submission of the Short Essay is April 30, 2020. Please note that essays received after this date will not be considered.

Download the Rules of Participation