The Young Excellence Challenge Award
Centro de Estudios Garrigues (CEG) organizes this award to attract future students with talent, foster teamwork and encourage excellence in legal research, by forming teams to conduct research into technological development and its impact on the legal industry and on business, within the area of expertise of each Master's Degree. The teams taking part will be led by current students of Centro de Estudios Garrigues who promote this initiative at their respective former universities or in their personal environment.
The panel will judge the originality of the work presented, its contribution to the different research areas and its scientific merit.
Purpose: Centro de Estudios Garrigues (CEG) organizes this award to attract future students with talent, foster teamwork and encourage excellence in legal research, by forming teams to conduct research into technological development and its impact on the legal industry and on business, within the area of expertise of each Master's Degree.
Aimed at: Final-year students at any Spanish university, with an overall grade point average equal to or greater than 7 (on a scale of 1 to 10, in accordance with the applicable legislation).
Application deadline: The deadline for applications is February 17, 2020.
This award is intended for students in their final year at any University in Spain with an average academic grade of 7 or higher (based on a scale of 1 to 10, in accordance with the criteria established by applicable law). Candidates will have to be sponsored by a CEG student (2018/2019 academic year), who will also be the research team leader. Each team will have a minimum of two and a maximum of four students from the team leader’s university, who will be responsible for creating the team and guiding the content that it prepares. A Mentor will be designated by CEG from among the members of its research committee to provide technical and logistical support, if required (meeting rooms, etc.), and supervise the paper to be presented. Anyone that has received any of the Awards in past years is not eligible, unless meeting the requirements to be a team leader.
The award will be based on the preparation of original and unpublished legal research regarding the impact of technological developments on the profession within the different areas of specialisation covered by the Master’s degrees offered by CEG, and their implications in the future. This covers, among others, matters relating to artificial intelligence, cloud computing, big data analysis, smart contracts, fintech, the internet of things and blockchain and their impact on professions/industries. The paper will be between 15 and 20 pages long (excluding the bibliography) and must follow CEG’s style rules.
Presentation of candidates and assignment of a Mentor
Each of the members of a team must register individually at Centro de Estudios Garrigues by completing the application available at https://www.centrogarrigues.com before Friday, Monday 22, 2021. The team leader must send an e-mail to Miriam Monjas (firstname.lastname@example.org) with the list of the team members before the deadline indicated above. After complete registration applications and team member lists have been received, an e-mail will be sent to the members confirming registration and assigning the academic mentor that will guide the team with respect to research methods.
Delivery of the proposal (outline and description of the objectives of the paper)
Registered teams will provide an outline of their proposal and a description of their objectives to Miriam Monjas before Monday, March 22, 2021.
Delivery of the final presentation
The papers must be sent by e-mail to Miriam Monjas before 1900 hours on June 18, 2021 in accordance with the following rules:
The Subject of the e-mail will indicate “Award” (“Premio”) The young excellence challenge”.
The body of the e-mail will contain the title of the paper and the identity of the team members.
The paper will be presented in pdf format. The document will include the title of the paper and the identity of the team members.
After the pdf is received and it is confirmed that it can be opened, an acknowledgment of receipt of the paper will be returned to the sender. This acknowledgment of receipt is the only valid confirmation of the presentation of the paper.
The team leader must also present a printed, bound and unalterable copy of the paper in a sealed envelope addressed to Miriam Monjas. The envelope containing the paper must be delivered to CEG Reception before 1900 hours on June 18, 2021.
The Jury will consist of the Director of CEG, the Academic Director and the members of CEG’s Research Committee. Each paper will be evaluated by all members of the Jury, except for the Mentor of the respective team. The Jury will take into account evaluation criteria such as, among others, scientific rigor, quality, originality, independence and the impact of the research work. The Jury’s decision is final and the Award may be cancelled if the Jury considers that the papers do not meet minimum standards.
The following awards will be granted:
First prize: The team members of the winning team will receive a grant of covering 50% of a full time master’s degree at CEG. The team leader will receive honourable mention as the winner at the graduation ceremony 2020-2021.
Second prize: The team coming in second place will receive a grant of covering 25 % of a full time master’s degree at CEG. The team leader will receive honourable mention as the second place winner at the graduation ceremony 2020-2021.
All members will receive a diploma certifying participation in the award process. The grants may only be used for full time master’s degrees offered by CEG during the 2020-2021 academic year. Before being admitted to the Master’s degree programme, the Award winners must demonstrate that they meet the academic and excellence requirements.
They must be in possession of an official university degree permitting access to the chosen Master’s degree programme.
They must have an average academic grade of 7 or higher in the official transcript for the university degree being used to access the Master’s degree programme.
The Jury will reach a decision no later than June 25, 2021 and announced on CEG’s website. The Award will be presented in a public event held at Centro de Estudios Garrigues, which will be announced in advance.
Assignment of intellectual property rights to CEG
The winning participants (understood to be the winners of the first or second prize) assign, exclusively to CEG, which accepts, all intellectual property rights to the winning papers without any geographic limitation for the entire legal duration of such rights, and authorising their assignment or licensing to third parties (in full or in part, with exclusivity or not, free of charge or for consideration) for their use in any channel, media and/or format.
The assignment includes, but is not limited to, reproduction, distribution, publishing (including public interactive and on demand media) and transformation (including the creation of derivative works),of any kind and in all types of formats, including hardcover, trade or rustic, digital (CEG’s blog, among others), periodicals, critiques, promotional materials, on demand printing or any other that CEG considers advisable to achieve the maximum distribution of the papers.
The publication of the papers will not give rise to any financial rights for the authors under any circumstances.
The assignment of rights established in this clause refers to the financial rights of the winning papers but not any moral rights that may exist, which CEG will observe and respect.
If CEG has not published with winning papers within one (1) year after the award announcement date it will lose the exclusive rights established in this clause and the winning participants may publish the winning papers, whether together with CEG and/or third parties authorised by CEG or not.
The winning participants shall be liable to CEG with respect to the pacific execution of the rights assigned by virtue of this document and warrant that no commitments or pledges of any kind have been established with respect to those rights and the winning papers do not, and will not, violate the rights of any third party.
The winning participants will hold CEG harmless from any judicial or extra-judicial claims deriving from the failure to comply with the warranties established in this section.
The winning participants will also sign any additional documents as required by CEG to prove or reinforce the assignment of rights established herein.
The personal data regarding the Award process participants will be handled as appropriate for the information contained in the registration forms and other specific documents that provide information or the consent for the handling of personal data within the framework of the award process that must be expressly granted to CEG. The names and images of the participants will be used for the sole purpose of promoting the Award and publishing the papers.