ALAI European Authors’ Right Award - Supported by GESAC

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The International Literary and Artistic Association (ALAI) is an independent learned society dedicated to studying and discussing legal issues arising in connection with the protection of the interests of creative individuals. Copyright and performing artists' rights are today an integral part of fundamental human rights as enshrined in several international conventions, declarations and charters.

The European Grouping of Societies of Authors and Composers (GESAC) comprises authors' societies from across the European Union, Iceland, Norway, and Switzerland. As such, it represents more than 1 million creators and rights holders in the areas of musical, audiovisual, visual, and literary and dramatic works.

Enhancing the training of a new generation of IP experts and students on authors’ right/copyright and collective management is a shared ALAI and GESAC priority which both organisations aim to work towards by awarding a yearly ALAI European Authors’ Right Prize.

The ALAI European Authors’ Right Award - supported by GESAC will reward two students for their research work on a subject :

(i) related to authors’ rights

(ii) with a European dimension (including studies that involve a comparison with the EU system)

(iii) that includes aspects that could be of interest to the collective management of authors’ rights.


The competition is open to students of all nationalities (EU or non-EU). The prize will be awarded for the first time at a joint ALAI/GESAC ceremony in Brussels on 14 May 2019.

The winning entries (pre-selection in November 2018 and final selection in April 2019) will be selected by a jury composed of:

  • Valérie-Laure Benabou, Professor at the Université d'Aix-Marseille
  • Caroline Bonin, Head of Legal Affairs, SACEM
  • Alison Firth, Professor Emeritus at the University of Surrey
  • Tobias Holzmüller, General Counsel, GEMA 

The jury will be presided by Frank Gotzen, President of ALAI.


15 Nov 2018 – Deadline for students to write 1-page abstract on thesis

1 Dec 2018 – Editorial Committee selects max. 10 abstracts that are eligible for the award

15 Feb 2019 - Deadline for students to submit their thesis into the designated format

1 April 2019 – Editorial Committee selects winner(s)

14 May 2019 – Award Ceremony in Brussels


Guidelines with all practical information needed to take part in the competition are available here

For questions, please email