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 second year in a row 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 participant's task 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 the study program.

Both bachelor's, master's and doctoral law students and practising lawyers born after January 1, 1997, are invited to participate in the competition.

Juris Gaiķis, Chairman of the Competition Council: "The works submitted in last year's competition surprised us with the wide range of topics chosen by the students, where both very practical issues encountered in the daily work of the Competition Council, as well as theoretical aspects of competition law, whose solution is still to be found in the future, were discussed. Therefore, we hope that this year's works will also mark new trends, and the most diligent and talented students will be creative and offer an analysis of the development of competition law in the competition, which could make a significant contribution to competition law. In order to reward young professionals' scientific interest in competition law, the Competition Council will provide the winner of the competition with an internship, which will provide an opportunity to apply theoretical knowledge in practice and open up new career opportunities."

Māris Butāns, Head of the Competition and EU Law Practice Group at PwC Legal: "The world’s economy is currently exposed to countless challenges that prevent it from continuing to develop as usual. Therefore, it is necessary to identify priorities and new solutions for each economy. The dynamics of competition law never ceases to amaze, and new tools for existing challenges can certainly be found in it. The students' imagination never ceases to amaze, and we hope that this time too we will challenge ourselves again and discover something new."

Assistant Professor of the Riga Graduate School of Law, Dr. Laura Ratniece: "We are happy that the contest for scientific papers in competition law will also take place this academic year. The works submitted within the framework of the previous competition confirmed that there are many topics in competition law that need to be studied in depth, and that students are also able to make a significant contribution to the study of competition law. This competition is a very good opportunity not only to develop the skills necessary for research, but also to take the first steps towards becoming a specialist in competition law. Therefore, we invite everyone who is interested in competition law and who meets the requirements of the competition regulations to participate in this competition."

Prepared works must be submitted electronically between from November 26, 2022 to May 14, 2023 by sending them to the e-mail address:

The commission will evaluate all submitted works, and until May 24, 2023, five finalists will be determined who has received the highest commission’s evaluation. The finalists will be invited to present their work to the commission by June 9, 2023. The winner of the competition will not only receive a cash prize but will also be offered an internship at the Competition Council.

In case of questions and uncertainties, don't hesitate to get in touch with Māris Butāns, Head of the Competition and EU Law Practice Group at PwC Legal, by e-mail: