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About the European Ethics Bowl

In a rapidly changing world, all members of society – and namely the next generation of leaders – need skills to face ethical challenges they might be presented with. This is why three leading European Universities, together with the European Investment Bank Institute launched the European Ethics Bowl (EEB), a yearly competition for students and young professionals to raise awareness of the relevance and complexity of current ethical issues in the European context.

The EEB is a collaborative and competitive event that offers participating teams an environment that enhances their capacity to critically discuss ethical dilemmas related to economics, business, and society.

Teams receive ethical dilemmas in the form of case studies. The competition takes place first at an institutional level, and then inter-institutions across Europe. Each team is assessed on its ability to critically analyse and discuss a case that could not be debated with a one-sided perspective. A group of independent judges, as well as the participants’ peers, will assess the teams’ performance.



The competition takes place in four stages:

  • Qualifying stage: After registration, teams of three compete with each other on an institutional level.
  • Quarterfinals: A maximum number of 27 institutions compete against each other (online)
  • Semi-finals: An online competition among the 9 winning teams.
  • Finals: Three finalists compete against each other at the EIB headquarters in Luxembourg (if not restricted due to Covid-19 pandemic)


Independent judges evaluate the teams on:

  • Core arguments and ethical reasoning
  • Analytical skills
  • Teams’ response to the judges’ and the competing team’s questions
  • Team’s social behavior and communication

Team structure

Each team is composed of three members, associated with one of the partner institutions.
Team members are students or recent graduates.

Individuals and teams can participate multiple times in different editions of the EEB.

Case studies

The EEB’s case studies address current economic or social situations that present an ethical dilemma to European economic, business, or political leaders.

There is no right answer to the cases. Instead, they aim to provoke reasonable participants to disagree.

In each round, all teams work on the same case study. Each year case studies refer to one overarching topic of European, or global, relevance. In 2020, all cases were related to the Covid-19 pandemic.

To advance in the competition, the teams must research the assigned ethical dilemma. 


Team registration for the European Ethics Bowl 2021 will open in Spring 2021.

All European universities and academic programmes of European Institutions are eligible to join the competition as an institutional member.

The following institutions will be the organizers of the 2021 edition:
European Investment Bank Institute, Luxembourg
Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany
School of Economics and Business, University of Ljubljana (SEB LU), Slovenia
Université Paris Dauphine, France

To join the competition as a participant, please reach out to the student affairs office or the international office of your home university. You may also contact the EEB head office via email: info@europeanethicsbowl.eu.

Important dates

Official kick-off event

Spring 2021 (Official date will be announced soon)

Institutional competitions

Spring or summer 2021 (To be announced soon: Check for dates at your own institution)

October 20th (Global Ethics Day)


November 16th (International Fraud Awareness Week)

Semi-finals among winning teams of each institution

December 9th (Global Anti-Corruption Day)

Finals, which will be hosted by the EIB Institute in Luxembourg.


European Ethics Bowl was initiated by four partner institutions who recognized the importance of raising awareness on the relevance and complexity of ethics in an engaging and meaningful way throughout Europe. Initiating partners come from different European countries and wish to encourage dialogue about business ethical issues.

The EEB and its committee gratefully acknowledge the pioneering work of the National High School Ethics Bowl (U.S.) at the Parr Center for Ethics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (NHSEB) that provided the general format for the European Ethics Bowl.

Founding partner institutions of the European Ethics Bowl are:

School of Economics and Business, University of Ljubljana (SEB LU), Slovenia
Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany
European Investment Bank Institute, Luxembourg
Université Paris Dauphine, France


Are you interested in
joining a European Ethics Bowl?

For further enquiry or to join EEB as a member institution, please contact