Closed for entries – 26 applications submitted

By 31 July 2018, 26 entries have been submitted for the Gravenbrucher Kreis 2018 Research and Journalism Awards. For the Research Awards, 8 doctorates related to German insolvency law have been submitted; for the Journalism Awards 18 features related to restructuring and insolvency have been handed in.


In the coming weeks the jury will read and discuss these entries. The awards ceremony and the announcement of the prize winners will take place on 23 November in Berlin. 

Gravenbrucher Kreis announces 2018 Research and Journalism Awards

  •  Prizes for doctorates in insolvency law and related areas of law
  • Prizes for journalism on restructuring and insolvency law
  • Entries invited by 31 July 2018
The winners and speakers of the 2016 Journalism Awards
The winners and speakers of the 2016 Journalism Awards

Gravenbrucher Kreis – a group comprising some of Germany’s foremost insolvency administrators and restructuring consultants – is inviting entries for the Gravenbrucher Kreis 2018 Research and Journalism Awards, which are being held this year for the sixth time. Awards will be presented in two categories – Research and Journalism – with prize money totalling €20,000. Entries must be submitted by 31 July 2018 – and the awards ceremony will be held in Berlin in November.

For the Research Awards, young scholars are invited to submit a doctorate related to German insolvency law. Entries must have been written at a university in the European Union and graded above average.

For the Journalism Awards, examples of journalism dealing with corporate restructuring and insolvency may be submitted. Entries must be in German and have appeared in the media.

“By holding the 2018 Research and Journalism Awards, Gravenbrucher Kreis is supporting scholarship in German insolvency law and highlighting especially good examples of journalism devoted to company restructuring and insolvency,” said Lucas Flöther, Chair of Gravenbrucher Kreis, explaining the aims behind the awards.


To qualify, entries must have been written between 1 July 2016 and 30 June 2018. The closing date is 31 July 2018. Full terms and conditions of the competition are posted on Gravenbrucher Kreis’s website at

The awards

The Gravenbrucher Kreis Research and Journalism Awards have been presented in these two categories every two years since 2008 and are being held this year for the sixth time.

The Research Awards are presented by Gravenbrucher Kreis to support young academics working in law and neighbouring subjects who have completed doctorates graded above average dealing with German insolvency law.


The Journalism Awards are open to journalists for features which have appeared in the print media, on television, the radio or the internet. As well as national media, entries are also invited from local and business journalists, who often spend months continuously investigating and reporting restructuring or insolvency cases.


The high-ranking jury for both competitions underlines the awards’ importance. The external members of the jury are:

  • Prof. Reinhard Bork, Professor of Civil and Civil Procedure Law and General Litigation, Faculty of Law, University of Hamburg
  • Prof. Florian Jacoby, Chair of Civil, Civil Procedure, Insolvency and Corporate Law, Bielefeld University
  • Michael Konken, lecturer in journalism and politics at the University of Vechta as well as communication at Jade University of Applied Sciences, Wilhelmshaven/Oldenburg/Elsfleth, former national chair of the German Federation of Journalists
  • Prof. Stephan Madaus, Chair of Civil, Civil Procedure and Insolvency Law, Martin Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg
  • Prof. Christoph Thole, Managing Director of the Institute of Procedural and Insolvency Law and the Institute of International and European Insolvency Law, University of Cologne

They are joined by four lawyers and insolvency administrators from Gravenbrucher Kreis:

  • Dr Dirk Andres
  • Joachim Exner
  • Prof. Lucas F. Flöther
  • Dr Bruno M. Kübler