2023 Berkeley Forum on Corporate Governance | Paper Award Competition


The Berkeley Center for Law and Business will host the annual Berkeley Forum for Corporate Governance in San Francisco, on October 10-11, 2023. In the context of the forum, we will also host an academic symposium focusing on ESG-related topics (broadly defined) and include 8-10 papers, two of which will be selected to each receive the 2023 Berkeley Center for Law and Business Best Paper Award and a $10,000 prize. We will select 8 to 10 papers as finalists. If selected for the award or as a finalist, it is required that one of the paper’s authors be available to present the paper in-person at both the forum and the academic symposium. The symposium will take place on October 12, 2023, providing all finalists with the opportunity to present their work and receive feedback.


The goal of this competition is to highlight current legal research in ESG issues and bring together leading legal scholars, practitioners, and investors. To encourage all scholars to participate, we will award one prize to a junior scholar (that have completed up to seven years since their first tenure-track appointment) and one prize to a senior scholar (that have completed 8 or more years since their first tenure-track appointment). Last year’s winners were:

  • Hajin Kim, Expecting Corporate Prosociality (Junior Category)
  • Jill Fisch and Jeff Schwartz, The Silent Majority: Enhancing the Role of Mutual Fund Owners (Senior Category)

Please follow the guidelines below:

  • Submissions must be unpublished papers by the submission date, though they may have been accepted for publication or under revise and resubmit.
  • All papers must be submitted in English.
  • Faculty and researchers affiliated with University of California, Berkeley School of Law are not eligible to participate.
  • Papers should be submitted with a cover page that includes the paper title, date of submission, full name and affiliation of author(s), junior or senior status (as above), and a 500-850-word abstract.


PAPER SUBMISSIONS:  Authors are invited to submit papers by September 15, 2023 for consideration. Please submit your papers to bclb@law.berkeley.edu.


FURTHER INFORMATION: General inquiries regarding the competition, the Forum, and the Symposium should be directed to bclb@law.berkeley.edu.

Please note that the selection of winners/finalists, if any, is at the sole discretion of the Berkeley Center for Law and Business. We fully anticipate awarding two $10,000 prizes but reserve the right to select no papers as winners in the event papers submitted do not meet the guidelines and/or we do not believe any paper is worthy of the award.