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 study

The EEB’s case studies address current economic or social situations that pose ethical dilemmas for European economic, business, corporate 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, the case studies relate to an overarching theme of European or global relevance. In 2020, all cases were related to the Covid 19 pandemic.

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

Join the European Ethics Bowl

Share your views on current Ethical dilemmas. Compete against your peers from all over Europe.