British Group of the Ligue Internationale du Droit de la Concurrence (International League for Competition Law)

Competition Law Association




The Jacques Lassier Prize is a prize of €2000, which is awarded for a written work or dissertation on a competition law subject (covering both anti-trust law and unfair competition law, including IP related matters). The works must have been produced or dissertations defended in the two years leading up to the date of the closure of the competition (30 June).

The Prize is open to young individuals (i.e. those who are under 35 on 31 April 2021) who are individual members of the International League of Competition Law (LIDC) or residents of a country where there is an affiliated national group (such as the Competition Law Association in the UK).

The Prize runs every other year.


The Golding Essay Prize is an annual prize of £1000 to be awarded for an essay submitted by (1) any  student (whether currently based in the UK or in a foreign jurisdiction) but excluding any student currently practising as a qualified lawyer, whether full-time or part-time; or (2) any trainee solicitor, pupil barrister, devil barrister (from Scotland) or trainee patent and trade mark attorney on a topic chosen by the CLA Committee. Past topics and winners are listed below.

The CLA encourages all entrants to consider submitting their entries for publication, and may lend support to the submission of the winning entry. The winning entry must only be published if it is identified on publication as having won the CLA's Golding Essay Prize. All entrants agree not to submit their entries for publication until after the judges have announced their decision. Several past winners have been published by Sweet & Maxwell in European Intellectual Property Review (EPIR) or by Oxford University Press in the Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice (JIPLP), and are reproduced below by agreement with the publishers.

Golding Essay Prize 2022

"Which courts should decide FRAND terms and whether patents are valid and essential to a standard and when should they do it?"

Josh Stickland, Trainee at Hogan Lovells won the Golding Essay Prize 2022

Golding Essay Prize 2021

"The Next Rembrandt project ( has recently applied artifical intelligence to generate a 'new' Rembrandt painting. Should copyright subsist in A1 artworks and who should get it?"

Ben Williams, Trainee at Cleary Gottlieb Steen and Hamilton won the Golding Essay Prize 2021

Download published winning Essay 2021

Golding Essay Prize 2020

"Are the courts of England & Wales right to consider plausibility in so many contexts as part of their validity analysis? What is the legal basis for their approach and what are the potential consequences?

The Essay Prize was not awarded this year.

Golding Essay Prize 2019

"Following Brexit, will or should IP rights prevent the importation into the UK of goods put on the market outside the UK by the rightholder or with their consent?"

Franziska Kurz, Graduate of Oxford University won the Golding Essay Prize 2019. The prize will be formally awarded at our lunchtime event on 19 June

Download published winning Essay 2019

Golding Essay Prize 2018

"Was the Supreme Court right in Actavis v Eli Lilly to introduce a doctrine of equivalents when determining infringement of patents in the UK?"
Crawford Jamieson, Trainee at Allen & Overy won the Golding Essay Prize 2018        

Download published winning Essay 2018

This material was first published by Sweet & Maxwell in European Intellectual Property Review E.I.P.R 2019, 41(3), 147-154 

Golding Essay Prize 2017

"How can owners of EU trade marks effectively maintain their rights following Brexit, and what implications is this likely to have for trademark litigation and licensing? Will any assistance be needed by way of legislation to preserve rights of such owners in the UK?
Emily Thea won the Golding Essay Prize 2017         

Download Winning Essay 2017

Golding Essay Prize 2016
"How should three dimensional shapes be protected under intellectual property law?"
The Essay Prize was not awarded this year as the judges determined that no entry was of sufficient quality.

Golding Essay Prize 2015
"Are the new 'fair dealing' provisions an improvement on the previous law, and why"
Sabine Jacques, a PhD student at Nottingham University, won the Golding Essay Prize 2015                                   

Link to Published Article in Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice

Golding Essay Prize 2014
"To what extent should Courts take jurisdiction over infringement of foreign IP rights?"
Hazan Yilmaztekin, University of Exeter won the Golding Essay Prize 2014.         

Download Winning Essay 2014        

Golding Essay Prize 2013
"Is there a role for Euro-defences following Sun v M Tech?"
Sara Warner, a trainee at SGH Martineau LLP, won the Golding Essay Prize 2013. 

Link to Published Article in Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice

Golding Essay Prize 2012
Should genetic information be patentable and if so, when?
Katie Potter, a trainee at Charles Russell LLP, jointly won the Golding Essay Prize 2012 with Peter Dawson of the University of Surrey.

Download full details of the Prize question here