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Chillin’Competition’s Rubén Perea Award

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Ruben Perea

Rubén Perea passed away on 1 April 2020 at 25 years old.

He was a smart, kind, formidable guy who had just completed his LL.M at the College of Europe and accepted an offer to work as a competition lawyer at Garrigues in Brussels. He bravely fought for months against cancer, a fight he ultimately could not win because the Covid-19 delayed the surgery on which we all had our hopes.  The grace and courage he showed in these past few months revealed the kind of person that he was, that he would have been, and that we have tragically lost.

In his memory, we have decided to create the annual “Rubén Perea Award” for the best paper (master thesis, research paper or article) in competition/state aid law written by lawyers, economists or students under 30 years old.

The paper will be published in the Journal of European Competition Law and Practice. The winners will be announced on the blog, where they will have the opportunity to present their work in a guest post. If the circumstances allow it, an award will be presented at our next Chillin’Competition conference.

We call on university professors and senior lawyers or economists to encourage their students and younger colleagues to apply. The deadline for submission will be 15 September, so you can save the date. More details will follow soon.

We are also exploring the possibility of funding a scholarship to pursue EU studies in Ruben’s memory, and we hope to publish more info on this soon. Should anyone like to contribute to this initiative, please drop us a line.

Written by Alfonso Lamadrid

27 April 2020 at 1:56 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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  1. Well done all the team at Garrigues. This is a super way to commemorate this young man.

    Jarleth Burke

    27 April 2020 at 2:24 pm

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  3. This is a tragedy and a tremendous idea from Garrigues to mark the life of this young lawyer. I’ll encourage anyone who is eligible (sadly not me) to participate.

    Pat Treacy

    29 April 2020 at 11:15 am

  4. Sad news. I am sorry, Alfonso. Great initiative.


    1 May 2020 at 12:11 pm

  5. […] is an initiative to keep the memory of Rubén Perea, a young EU lawyer specialised in the area of competition law who had just completed his LL.M at […]

  6. […] a truly extraordinary young man who was about to start a career in competition law. We decided to set up an award to honour his memory, and to recognize the work of other promising competition lawyers/economists […]

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