YTCA Award

Young Talent Competition Award

As part of Lear Competition Festival, Lear has instituted a The Young Talent Competition Award (YTCA) for young economists and lawyers in the field of antitrust and regulation who wish to pursue a professional or academic career in the field of competition law and economics, policy assessment and regulation.

Research proposals need to be related to one of the following topics:

  • Competition law
  • Competition economics
  • Public policy assessment
  • Regulation (in any sector)

The winner will be awarded a prize of € 1,500 and the opportunity to join the 2024 edition of the Trento Summer School on Advanced EU Competition Law & Economics (maximum two attendees).

Below you find the rules to participate and further details on the award.

How to participate

Participation to the Young Talent Competition Award (YTCA) is open to post-graduate students and PhD students who wish to pursue a professional carrier in the field of competition law, competition economics, policy assessment, or regulation. Both economists and lawyers can participate.

The research proposals should be submitted in PDF to

The deadline for the submission of the proposal is June 15, 2023. Please note that the proposals received after this date will not be considered.

Download the rules of participation

Scientific Committee

The Scientific Committee will prepare a ranking of the three best proposals. The Scientific Committee includes the following five outstanding academics and practitioners.

Pinar Akman

Professor of Law at the School of Law at the University of Leeds

Michele Carpagnano

Dentons Rome, Professor of Trento University, Faculty of Law

Joseph E. Harrington, Jr.

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

William E. Kovacic

Professor of Global Competition Law and Policy at George Washington University

Tommaso Valletti

Professor of Economics at Imperial College Business School

YTCA 2022: shortlisted candidates

Below you find the best three proposals shortlisted for the Young Talent Competition Award.

Internet infrastructure and competition in digital markets

Philip Hanspach


Cross-Regulation Enforcement – Suggested Doctrine for Application & How it Can Improve Competition Law Enforcement in the Digital Age

Or Elkayam

The Impact of Upstream Divestiture on Bargaining Power

Yann Allan Delaprez