Lukas Toth, International Scholar-in-Residence 2015
Lukáš Tóth is a PhD student in Economics as the Amsterdam Center for Law & Economics (ACLE), University of Amsterdam (UvA). Lukáš obtained his M.Phil. in Economics (2012) at the Tinbergen Institute and a Bachelor's degree in Economics (2010) at the Charles University in Prague. During his studies, he interned in the National Economic Council of the Czech Republic, taught Philosophy and Economics at the Charles University in Prague, worked on a book Economics of Good and Evil, and co-founded a NGO Inventory of Democracy.
Lukáš's academic interests lie in economics of regulation and antitrust, organizational and institutional economics and contract theory. His PhD research is focused on the decision-making of regulatory agencies.
2015 International Scholar in Residence Program Announcement
The Section of Antitrust Law International Scholar in Residence Program (“SAL SIR”) will provide funding of $10,000.00 USD each for up to two scholars to visit the United States to pursue competition policy-related research in the Spring of 2015. Junior faculty members (those who have been engaged in full-time teaching for five years or less) as well as current or recent Ph.D. candidates who have a demonstrated interest in the study of competition policy are invited to apply.
Applicants chosen as International Scholars in Residence (“SAL Scholars”) will be expected to visit the United States for a period between six (6) weeks and three (3) months, commencing on or after March 1, 2015, and coinciding with the 63rd Annual Spring Meeting of the Antitrust Section scheduled for April 15-17, 2015. During their time in the U.S., SAL Scholars will conduct research, meet and interact with members of the U.S. antitrust community, and attend the annual Spring Meeting in Washington, D.C. Although arrangements can be tailored to the particular needs of each scholar’s research proposal, SAL Scholars are expected to reside in Washington, D.C. for some of their time in the U.S., so they can have access to federal agency personnel as well as a range of academics, lawyers, and consulting firms. SAL Scholars can also propose short visits to state enforcement agencies or U.S. academic institutions outside of Washington, D.C., provided the visit will advance their research. Additional funding may be available to support these visits.
Application Process and Contents
- Each Applicant must submit an application to the “SAL SIR Selection Committee” that includes the following:
A cover letter/statement of interest describing the Applicant’s current position, research interests related to competition policy, and qualifications to serve as a SAL Scholar.
- A current curriculum vitae.
- A specific and significant research proposal (typically 3-5 single-spaced pages) that includes a description of steps already taken in furtherance of the research and an explanation of how the proposal would be significantly advanced through work in residence in the U.S. Proposals can include work in progress as well as new research projects. Applicants must also disclose any other sponsors of the research.
- Two letters of recommendation from current faculty members familiar with the candidate and her/his work, evaluating the Applicant’s ability to undertake the proposed research, including the Applicant’s proficiency in English. In the case of a current faculty member or Ph.D. candidate, one of the letters should come from the Dean, Director, or Head of School of the applicant’s home institution or program, indicating: (1) the Applicant’s good standing in the institution; (2) the institution’s willingness to grant the Applicant the necessary leave time; and (3) an intention to support the Applicant’s research as a SAL Scholar, including whether any home institution funds will be provided in support of the visit. In the case of current or recent Ph.D. candidates, one letter should come from the faculty adviser who is supervising or who supervised the Applicant’s doctoral research.
- If applicable, a statement of interest in visiting any academic institutions or enforcement agencies outside of Washington, D.C., such as the offices of a State Attorney General, along with a justification for the specific goals sought to be achieved by the “side visit” and a supportive letter of invitation from a representative of the institution to be visited.
- A description of the particular work product that the Applicant intends to produce as a result of her/his visit, such as an article, book, book chapter, or report for use by a government or non-government agency focused on competition policy issues. Successful applicants also will agree that any work product prepared in whole or part with the support of the SAL SIR program will so indicate with the specific language approved by the Section of Antitrust Law.
- Any other material the Applicant would like the Selection Committee to consider.
In judging the proposals received, the SAL SIR Selection Committee will be guided by the following factors: the strength and specificity of the research proposal, the likelihood that the Applicant’s overall research goals could better be realized through participation in the program, evidence of past scholarly productivity, the letters of recommendation, the mix of research topics selected for support under the program as a whole, and diversity in terms of home institutions, national origin, race, religion, and gender.
Although SAL Scholars will be responsible for making all of their own travel and accommodation arrangements, the Section of Antitrust Law will assist in providing guidance on making arrangements to secure work space to aid in research at a Washington, D.C.-area academic institution. Successful applicants will be strongly encouraged to apply to the Visiting Researcher Program at Georgetown University Law Center, which provides research space and support to international scholars. For more information, see http://tinyurl.com/GTownLawProgram. The Section of Antitrust Law will also help to facilitate meetings and interviews with a range of enforcers, academics, and private consultants who can advise SAL Scholars on their specific research topics.
Eligibility Criteria and Personal Responsibilities
As indicated above, to be eligible for consideration, applicants should be current Ph.D. candidates or recent recipients of a Ph.D. or a junior faculty member (engaged in full-time teaching for five years or less), who have a demonstrated interest in the study of competition policy and proficiency in English. Applicants need not be current members of the American Bar Association or the Section of Antitrust Law. SAL Scholars shall be responsible for determining their liability, if any, for taxes in their home jurisdiction as well as in the United States.
Deadline for Applications
The deadline for submitting an application to be considered for appointment as an SAL SIR for the 2014-15 academic year is October 31, 2014. The SAL SIR Selection Committee hopes to announce its selections by mid November 2014. Applications should be submitted to Deborah D. Morgan, Assistant Director, American Bar Association, Section of Antitrust Law, preferably via email at Deborah.Morgan@americanbar.org, or, if necessary by mail to:
Deborah D. Morgan
Section of Antitrust Law
American Bar Association
321 North Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60654-7598
SAL SIR Selection Committee:
Professor Harry First, New York University School of Law, New York, NY
Professor Andrew I. Gavil, Director, Office of Policy Planning, U.S. Federal Trade Commission, on leave from Howard University School of Law, Washington D.C.
Professor Richard J. Gilbert, Department of Economics, University of California, Berkeley
Professor Alison Jones, King’s College London, School of Law