Regulations Belgian Financial Forum prize for master's theses Financial Law 2024

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  1. The Belgian Financial Forum encourages the dissemination of financial research by organising speaking events, colloquia, study afternoons and by publishing two magazines "Bank- en financiewezen/Revue bancaire et financière" and "Bank en financieel recht/Revue de droit bancaire et financier".
  2. In 2024, the Belgian Financial Forum will award a prize to the best master's thesis dealing with legal aspects of a financial (banking, insurance, asset management, non-banking financial intermediation, etc.) and/or monetary topic.
  3. Eligible are master's theses from the 2023-2024 academic year that are defended during the June and September sessions in 2024 and achieve at least one distinction. Master's theses may be written in Dutch, French or English.
  4. Only master's students of a faculty of law of a Belgian university can submit their master's thesis.
  5. Candidates must send their master's thesis and a short curriculum vitae electronically to, which provides the editorial secretariat for the journal Bank en financieel recht/Revue de droit bancaire et financier, published by the Belgian Financial Forum. Participation is final only upon notification of receipt.
  6. Master's theses must be submitted by Friday 11 October 2024 at the latest.
  7. The prize includes
    • a cash prize of 2000 euro,
    • in agreement with Febelfin choice of course at Febelfin Academy,
    • publication of an abridged version of the master's thesis in the journal Bank- en financieel recht/Revue bancaire et financière.
  8. The prize will be awarded during an activity of the Belgian Financial Forum.
  9. The jury of the prize is composed of members of the editorial committee of Bank)- en financieel recht/Revue de droit bancaire et financière. The jury reserves the right to consult experts in connection with the evaluation of the master's theses submitted.
  10. The decisions of the jury are taken by an absolute majority of the members present at the deliberations. The jury may decide to divide the prize between several master's theses or not to award a prize if, in its opinion, the required criteria are not met.
  11. The criteria that will be taken into consideration for the evaluation of master's theses are:
    • originality and relevance of the topic;
    • scientific merit/analysis;
    • argumentation and examples chosen;
    • format and correct use of language.
  12. Information on the prize for master's theses can be obtained from Jean Cattaruzza (, chairman of the editorial committee of the journal " Bank en financieel recht/Revue de droit bancaire et financier ", or from Carmen Boschmans (, coordinator of the Belgian Financial Forum.