Competition Council offers a competition of its own

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Students and young lawyers are being called upon to research competition law and be in with a chance to win a €1,000 cash prize and an internship at the Competition Council (CC).

"To promote creative lawyers' thinking and support the most diligent students of competition law, the law firm ZAB PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal (PwC Legal) in cooperation with the Competition Council of Latvia and the Riga Graduate School of Law announces a competition for research papers in competition law. The winner of the competition will receive a cash prize of € 1,000 from PwC Legal and the opportunity to do an internship at the Competition Council and other promotional prizes," the CC has announced.

The task for entrants is to prepare and submit a research paper on competition law, setting out a reasoned vision on the application of competition law based on legal considerations. The work can be prepared in Latvian or English, as well as it can be prepared directly for the contest, or it can be previously published or prepared within a study program.

Both bachelor's, master's and doctoral law students and practising lawyers born after January 1, 1996, are invited to participate in the competition.

Juris Gaiķis, Chairman of the Competition Council said: “The Competition Council is confronted with day-to-day matters that are usually complex in both evidence and economic and legal assessment. Digitalisation is also currently a challenge in competition law, so evaluations and analysis of the development of competition law by diligent and talented young students and professionals could make a significant contribution to competition law. Also, it is essential that the fundamental principles of already established law remain predictable, based on the independent and evidence-based application of Competition Law. To assess and reward the scientific interest of young professionals in competition law, the Competition Council will also provide the winner with an internship at the institution, thus opening up new career opportunities.”

Prepared works must be submitted electronically between 22 November 2021 and 15 May 2022 by sending them to the e-mail address: [email protected].

The commission will evaluate all submitted works, and by 25 May 2022, five finalists will be determined who has received the highest commission’s evaluation. Finalists will be invited to present their work to the commission by 10 June 2022. The winner of the competition will not only receive a cash prize but will also be offered an internship at the Competition Council.

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