The 2015 Antitrust Writing Awards & Ranking featured an Academic Steering Committee with 26 leading US and EU professors (NYU, Georgetown University, King’s College London, etc.) and a Business Steering Committee with 30 counsels (Microsoft, Bertelsmann, Qualcomm, Google, Intel, American Express, etc.).
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WILLIAM E. KOVACIC
Bill Kovacic introduced the Awards and the new feature of “Best Soft Law” selection. This recently introduced category is neither an award nor a ranking but a selection of the most interesting administration practices (i.e., guidelines, market studies, white papers issued by competition agencies) that are believed to be an inspiring model for competition agencies around the world. “Best Soft Law” aims at contributing to the development of antitrust culture and awareness ; it also seeks to support international antitrust advocacy by drawing attention towards the most meaningful competition agency practices. It is a recognition of the trend towards softer forms of governance and quasi-legal measures that play an important role as an information source for individuals and companies in the market. Soft law aids the understanding of the complex antitrust rules developed through case law, it makes the system more transparent enhancing legal certainty.