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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. The EEB is a yearly competition that aims at raising awareness of the relevance and complexity of current ethical issues in the European context.

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

Ethical dilemmas are presented to the teams in the form of case studies. The competition happens first on an institutional level, and then inter-institutions. Each team is evaluated 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 European Ethics Bowl (EEB) is a joint project, launched by leading European Universities and the European Investment Bank Institute.



The competition takes place in three stages:

  1. Qualifying stage: After registration, teams of three compete with each other on an institutional level.
  2. Semi-finals: The winning team of each institution proceeds to the next round to compete with each other.
  3. Finals: The two winning teams of the previous round enter the EEB’s finals.


A group of three independent judges evaluates the teams on:

• The understanding the key ethic challenge arising from the case study
• The solution given to the ethic issue which will be assessed considering also the level of inclusiveness, integrity and respect for diversity embedded in the proposed way forward

In addition, teams evaluate each other’s solutions to support each other’s learning journey and critical thinking.

Team structure

Each team is composed by three members, where members are students or recent alumni.

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

Case studies

The EEB’s case studies are short descriptions of 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, answering the same questions. Each year, all case studies will refer to an overarching topic of European, or global, relevance. For the 2020 competition, all cases are related to the current Covid-19 pandemic.

In order to advance in the competition, the teams must research on the assigned ethical dilemma and formulate their findings in a logical way that they will then record and submit in the form of a short video. 


Team registration to European Ethics Bowl 2020 is open until 21st October 2020.

The following institutions will participate in this year’s pilot EEB:
European Investment Bank Institute, Luxembourg
Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany
School of Economics and Business, University of Ljubljana (SEB LU), Slovenia
Université Paris Dauphine, France

Teams can register with this online form before October 21st.

Please note that each partnering institution manages its applications separately.

From 2021, all European universities and academic programmes of European Institutions are eligible to join the competition and institutional partners.

Important dates

October 21st (Global Ethics Day)

Official kick-off event for all participants across institutions

November 16th

Semi-finals among winning teams of each institution

December 9th (Global Anti-Corruption Day)


Please note

Due to travel restrictions, all events will take place online in 2020. From 2021, the finals will be hosted by the EIBI 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.

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


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