The Jerry S. Cohen Award for Antitrust Scholarship was created through a trust established in honor of the late Jerry S. Cohen, an outstanding trial lawyer and antitrust writer. It is administered by the law firm he founded, Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll. The award is given each year to the best antitrust writing during the prior year that is consistent with the following standards established by the Board of Trustees of the Jerry S. Cohen Memorial Fund.

To be considered eligible and selected for the Award, submissions should reflect a concern for principles of economic justice, the dispersal of economic power, the maintenance of effective limitations upon economic power or the federal statutes designed to protect society from various forms of anticompetitive activity. Submissions should reflect an awareness of the human and social impacts of economic institutions upon individuals, small businesses and other institutions necessary to the maintenance of a just and humane society–values and concerns Jerry S. Cohen dedicated his life and work to fostering. Submissions may address substantive, procedural or evidentiary matters that reflect these values and concerns.



Suresh Naidu, Eric A. Posner, and Glen Weyl, “Antitrust Remedies for Labor Market Power,” 132 Harv. L. Rev. 536 (2018) and Jose Azar, Martin C. Schmalz, and Isabel Tecu, “Anticompetitive Effects of Common Ownership,” 73 J. of Finance 1513 (2018).

Category Winners:
  • Best Horizontal Mergers Article: Peter C. Carstensen and Robert H. Lande, “The Merger Incipiency Doctrine and the Importance of “Redundant” Competitors,” 18 Wis. L. Rev. 781 (2018)
  • Best Buying Power in Mergers Article: C. Scott Hemphill and Nancy L. Rose, “Mergers that Harm Sellers,” 127 Yale L.J. 2078 (2018)
  • Best Vertical Mergers Article: Steven C. Salop, “Invigorating Vertical Merger Enforcement,” 127 Yale L.J. 1962 (2018)
  • Best Structural Presumptions in Merger Review Article: John Kwoka, “The Structural Presumption and the Safe Harbor in Merger Review: False Positives or Unwarranted Concerns?,” 81 Antitrust Law J. 837 (2018)
  • Best Market Power Analyses Article: John B. Kirkwood, “Market Power and Antitrust Enforcement,” 98 B.U.L. Rev. 1170 (2018)
  • Best Horizontal Shareholding Article: Fiona Scott Morton and Herbert Hovenkamp, “Horizontal Shareholding and Antitrust Policy,” 127 Yale L.J. 2026 (2018)


Michal S. Gal and Alan D. Miller, “Patent Challenge Clauses: A New Antitrust Offense?”, 102 Iowa L. Rev. 1477 (2017) and Phillip Johnson, Edward Leamer, and Jeffrey Leitzinger, “Statistical Significance and Statistical Error in Antitrust Analysis,” 81 Antitrust L.J. 641 (2017)

Category Winners:
  • Best Horizontal Mergers Article: Peter C. Carstensen and Robert H. Lande, The Merger Incipiency Doctrine and the Importance of “Redundant” Competitors, 18 Wis. L. Rev. 783 (2018)
  • Best Buying Power in Mergers Article: C. Scott Hemphill and Nancy L. Rose, Mergers that Harm Sellers, 127 Yale L.J. 2078 (2018)
  • Best Vertical Mergers Article: Steven C. Salop, Invigorating Vertical Merger Enforcement, 127 Yale L.J. 1962 (2018)
  • Best Structural Presumptions in Merger Review Article: John E. Kwoka, Jr., The Structural Presumption and the Safe Harbor in Merger Review: False Positives or Unwarranted Concerns?, 81 Antitrust L.J. 837 (2018)
  • Best Market Power Analyses Article: John B. Kirkwood, Market Power and Antitrust Enforcement, 98 B.U. L. Rev. 1169 (2018)
  • Best Horizontal Shareholding Article: Fiona Scott Morton and Herbert Hovenkamp, Horizontal Shareholding and Antitrust Policy, 127 Yale L.J. 2026 (2018)


Einer Elhauge, “Horizontal Shareholding,” 129 Harv. L. Rev. 1267 (2016)

Category Winners:
  • Best State Action Immunity Article: Rebecca Haw Allensworth, Foxes at the Henhouse: Occupational Licensing Boards Up Close, 105 Calif. L. Rev. 1567 (2017)
  • Best Antitrust and Healthcare Article: Michael A. Carrier, Sharing, Samples, and Generics: An Antitrust Framework, 103 Cornell L. Rev. 1 (2017)
  • Best Vertical Restraints Article: Thomas K. Cheng, A Consumer Behavioral Approach to Resale Price Maintenances, 12 Va. L. & Bus. Rev. 1 (2017)
  • Best Cartel Article: Christopher R. Leslie, Foreign Price-Fixing Conspiracies, 67 Duke L.J. 557 (2017)
  • Best Antitrust Book: Peter C. Carstensen, Competition Policy and the Control of Buyer Power: A Global Issue (2017)
  • Best Antitrust and Mergers Article: Jamie S. King & Erin C. Fuse Brown, The Anti-Competitive Potential of Cross-Market Mergers in Health Care, 11 St. Louis U. J. Health L.& Pol’y 43 (2017)


Jonathan B. Baker, “Taking the Error Out of ‘Error Cost’ Analysis: What’s Wrong with Antitrust’s Right,” 80 Antitrust L.J. 1 (2015)

Category Winners:
  • Best Antitrust Labor Exemption Article: Sanjukta M. Paul, The Enduring Ambiguities of Antitrust Liability for Worker Collective Action, 47 Loy. U. Chi. L.J. 969 (2016)
  • Best Antitrust and Small Business Article: Stacy Mitchell, The View from the Shop – Antitrust and the Decline of America’s Independent Business, 61 Antitrust Bulletin 498 (2016)
  • Best Antitrust and Buyer Power Article: Clayton J. Masterman, The Customer Is Not Always Right: Balancing Worker and Customer Welfare in Antitrust Law, 69 Vand. L. Rev. 1387 (2016)
  • Best Antitrust and Intellectual Property Article: Thomas K. Cheng, Antitrust Treatment of the No Challenge Clause, 5 N.Y.U. J. of Intell. Prop. & Ent. Law 437 (2016)
  • Best Antitrust and Rule of Reason Analysis Article: C. Scott Hemphill, Less Restrictive Alternatives in Antitrust Law, 116 Colum. L. Rev. 927 (2016)
  • Best Antitrust and Platform Markets Article: Michal S. Gal and Daniel L. Rubinfeld, The Hidden Costs of Free Goods: Implications for Antitrust Enforcement, 80 Antitrust L.J. 521 (2016)


Aaron Edlin and Rebecca Haw for the article “Cartels by Another Name: Should Licensed Occupations Face Antitrust Scrutiny?” (162 U. Pa. L. Rev. 1093, 2014) and Andrew Gavil and Harry First for the book The Microsoft Antitrust Cases: Competition Policy for the Twenty-First Century.

Honorable Mentions:
  • Mark A. Lemley and Christopher R. Leslie for Antitrust Arbitration and Illinois Brick, 100 Iowa L. Rev. 2115 (2015)
  • Peter C. Carstensen for The Philadelphia National Bank Presumption: Merger Analysis in an Unpredictable World, 80 Antitrust L.J. 219 (2015)
  • Josh Lerner and Jean Tirole for Standard-Essential Patents, 123 J. Pol. Econ. 547 (2015)
  • John E. Kwoka, Jr. for Mergers, Merger Control, and Remedies: A Retrospective Analysis of U.S. Policy


C. Scott Hemphill and Tim Wu for the article “Parallel Exclusion” (122 Yale L.J. 11820) and John E. Kwoka, Jr. for the article “Does Merger Control Work? A Retrospective on U.S. Enforcement Actions and Merger Outcomes” (78 Antitrust L.J. 619)

Honorable Mentions:
  • Margaret C. Levenstein and Valerie Y. Suslow for How Do Cartels Use Vertical Restraints?  Reflections on Bork’s The Antitrust Paradox
  • Heski Bar-Isaac and Professor John Asker for Raising Retailers’ Profits: On Vertical Practices and the Exclusion of Rivals
  • Stephen M. Maurer and Suzanne Scotchmer for The Essential Facilities Doctrine: The Lost Message of Terminal Railroad


John B. Kirkwood for the article “Powerful Buyers and Merger Enforcement” (92 B.U.L. Rev. 1485, 2012)

Honorable Mentions:
  • Jonathan Baker, Exclusion as a Core Competition Concern, 78 Antitrust L.J. 527 (2013)
  • Steven Salop, Merger Settlement and Enforcement Policy for Optimal Deterrence and Maximum Welfare, 81 Fordham L. Rev. 2647 (2013)
  • Martin Gaynor, Samuel Kleiner & William Vogt, A Structural Approach to Market Definition with an Application to the Hospital Industry, 61 The Journal of Industrial Economics 243 (2013)
  • Christopher Leslie, Predatory Pricing and Recoupment, 113 Colum. L. Rev. Sidebar 1695 (2013)


William E. Kovacic, Robert C. Marshall, Leslie M. Marx, Halbert L. White, Jr.for the article “Plus Factors and Agreement in Antitrust Law” (110 Mich. L. Rev. 393, 2011)

Honorable Mentions:
  • D. Daniel Sokol, Levin College of Law, University of Florida, For Cartels, Corporate Compliance, and What Practitioners Really Think About Enforcement
  • Einer Elhauge, Harvard Law School, and Alex Krueger, Executive Director, Legal Economics, for Solving the Patent Settlement Puzzle


Louis Kaplow for the article “Why (Ever) Define Markets?” (124 Harv. L. Rev. 437)

Honorable Mentions:
  • Herbert Hovenkamp, University of Iowa College of Law, and Christopher R. Leslie, University of California, Irvine, School of Law, for The Firm as Cartel Manager
  • Howard A. Shelanski, Georgetown University School of Law, for The Case for Rebalancing Antitrust and Regulation


Einer Elhauge for his article “Tying, Bundled Discounts, and the Death of the Single Monopoly Profit Theory” (123 Harvard Law Review 397, 2009

Honorable Mentions:
  • Steven C. Salop for Refusals to Deal and Price Squeezes By An Unregulated, Vertically Integrated Monopolist
  • Iwan Bos and Joseph E. Harrington, Jr. for Endogenous Cartel Formation With Heterogeneous Firms


Larry Frankel for the article “The Flawed Institutional Design of U.S. Merger Review: Stacking the Deck Against Enforcement” published in the Utah Law Review

Honorable Mentions:
  • Nathan H. Miller for Strategic Leniency and Cartel Enforcement
  • Stacey L. Dogan and Mark A. Lemley for Antitrust Law and Regulatory Gaming


Professor Robert H. Lande of the University of Baltimore School of Law and Neil Averitt, Esq. of the Federal Trade Commission for their article Using the “Consumer Choice” Approach to Antitrust Law, 74 Antitrust L.J. 175 (2007)

Professor Maurice E. Stucke of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville – College of Law for his article Behavioral Economics at the Gate: Antitrust in the Twenty-First Century, 38 Loy. U. Chi. L.J. 513 (2007).


Lawrence Sullivan and Warren Grimes for The Law of Antitrust: An Integrated Handbook, second edition


Barry Nalebuff for his article, “Exclusionary Bundling,” in 50 Antitrust Bulletin.


Andrew Gavil for his article, “Exclusionary Distribution Strategies By Dominant Firms: Striking A Better Balance,” 72 Antitrust L.J. 3


John Connor for his book Global Price Fixing: Our Customers Are the Enemy.


Joseph Brodley, Patrick Bolton, and Michael Riordan for their article “Predatory Pricing: Strategic Theory and Legal Policy,” in 88 Georgetown L. J.