ALAI European Author’s Right Award – Applications open!

In the spirit of inspiring the next generation of Intellectual Property experts, ALAI, with the support of GESAC, have launched an annual award for students.

The annual award is given to the writer of the best essay relating to authors’ right. The essay should have a European dimension and include elements related to the collective management of authors’ right.

Seun-Lari Williams

Read about the latest winner, Seun Lari-Williams, and his essay called Bridging the Value Gap Between Content Creators and Digital Media Platforms: A Case Study of YouTube.



2021 Applications open


Students of all nationalities are welcome to apply.

All abstracts, essays and questions should be sent to

This year’s winner will be selected by the following expert jury presided over by Prof. Frank Gotzen, President of ALAI:

  • Caroline Bonin, Head of Legal Affairs, SACEM
  • Gábor Faludi, outside Counsel for Artisjus
  • Paul Torremans, Professor of Intellectual Property Law, University of Nottingham
  • Raquel Xalabarder, Catedràtica de Propietat Intel·lectual, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya




NEW DATE! 30 November 2021
Deadline for students to write 1-page abstract on their essay

15 December 2021
Editorial Committee selects max. 10 abstracts that are eligible for the award

15 February 2022
Deadline for students to submit their essay into the designated format

First week of April 2022
Editorial Committee selects winner(s)

Award ceremony – date and time TBC



Previous Awardees


  • First edition of the ALAI Award

E-Books in German and European Copyright Law: Backgrounds, contrasts, effects

By Dr. Hannes Henke LL.M.oec.

  • Second edition of the ALAI Award

Multi-territorial licensing of rights in music for online use: an early evaluation

By Thomas Verborgh

  • Third edition of the ALAI Award

Bridging the Value Gap Between Content Creators and Digital Media Platforms: A Case Study of YouTube

By Seun Lari-Williams

*These texts are student works and do not necessarily reflect the views of ALAI and GESAC


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.