A team from Goethe University Frankfurt won the European Ethics Bowl 2021, a competition to raise awareness of the relevance and complexity of current ethical issues in the European context.

The Final was held on 9 December, designated by the UN since 2003 as International Anti-Corruption Day.  The team from Goethe University succeeded over a team from Paris Dauphine University and a team from Prague University of Economics and Business. The overall theme of the competition was “Environmental challenges” and the topic for discussion for the final was “Just Transition : Should it be a market-based or policy-induced transition and who should have a voice in this policy-making process: the ones who are most affected or the ones who are paying? “. The team from Goethe University provided the most convincing arguments according to an independent jury.

Launched last year as a pilot by the EIB Institute and three leading European universities (University of Ljubljana, Paris Dauphine, Goethe University Frankfurt), this  collaborative event is a competition between participating teams to discuss ethical dilemmas related to economics and business. In 2021, in addition to the four founding members –EIB Summer School Alumni for the Institute-, teams from the Faculty of Economics and Business at the University of Rijeka, Prague University of Economics and Business (FBA), University of Warsaw, Faculty of Management, ISCTE Business School (Portugal) and University of Belgrade (FOS) participated.

Nine teams with 27 participants overall participated in the qualifying round, held on Global Ethics Day. Teams are assessed in three rounds (qualifying round, semi-finals, final) by an independent jury as well as the participants’ peers on their ability to analyse and discuss a case that cannot be debated with a one-sided perspective.

All interested European universities and academic programmes of European Institutions are eligible to join the competition and institutional partners.