Thesis awards

Today’s students are tomorrow’s competition lawyers and economists. In light of its goal of raising awareness of competition law and competition policy developments in the Netherlands, the Foundation awards prizes to the year’s three best Master’s theses dealing with European and/or domestic competition law. Both law students and economics students may apply.

The prizes are awarded for theses of outstanding academic quality that show originality in their choice of topic and/or research method, which contribute to developing law and/or the legal practice. 

The winners of the Best Competition Law Theses of the Year receive cash prizes of EUR 1,000 for first place, EUR 500 for second place and EUR 250 for third place. The winning theses are announced during the conference. The Foundation subsequently publishes them online.  

Only theses which meet the following requirements will be accepted:

  • written by Master’s degree students at Dutch universities;
  • written during the preceding year;
  • awarded a grade of 8 or better; and
  • written in Dutch or English.

Check the rules for further details of the conditions for entry and how to submit your thesis.

Click here to download the entry form.

All entries will be reviewed by the Foundations Awards Committee composed of:

  • Herman Speyart (chairman), Raadsheer, Gerechtshof Den Haag
  • Ellen Römkes (member), Senior manager Legal Affairs, ACM
  • Jan Kees Winters (member), Principal, RBB Economics

The winners of 2022 are:

  1. Patrick Legros
    Cartel and champagne solidarity: peircing the veil on UEFA’s hold over European football
  2. Emine Bilsin
    Bonding the Two Universes: Data Protection Considerations in the EU Merger Control – Can Merger Remedies Be a Way Out?
  3. Niels Wessel
    The Netherlands as a Cartel Damages Hub and Private Law Enforcement Paradise?

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