Grand Prix du Fonds Scientifique Jean Bastin

GRAND PRIX JEAN BASTIN 2019

 

General

Every three years, the Fonds Scientifique Jean Bastin awards a Grand Prize worth EUR 20,000 to the author of a scientific work relating to subjects in line with the objectives of the FSJB.

Awarded for the first time in 1992, this Grand Prize is one of the most prestigious prizes in the legal and economic fields.

A jury composed of professors from Belgian universities chairs the selection of the winning works. Eight Grands Prizes have already been awarded to academic or professional works.

Grand Prix 2019

The Fonds Scientifique Jean BASTIN, a Belgian international non-profit association, will grant the Prize for an amount of 20.000 euros to the author of the best thesis published after 1 January 2016 or to be published, on one of the following:

THE INDEBTEDNESS AND SOLVENCY OF THE STATES

  • THE STATE IN ARBRITRATION: international commercial arbitration and investment arbitration. Issue with the enforcement of arbitral awards against a State. Scope and limit of immunity from enforcement. Remedies. The issue of enforcement and post-arbitration mediation on the quantum of the conviction.
  • THE STATE-DEBTOR: issue of vulture funds, protective legislations. Debt market. Forum shopping. Enforcement of foreign arbitral decisions or awards.
  • THE STATE IN BANKRUPTCY: problem of the public debt – IMF surveillance.

The thesis must be introduced, in conformity with the procedure set under the rules, by 30 November 2018 at the latest.

The Jury presided by Minister of State Mark EYSKENS is composed as follows:

For more details regarding the subjects and the participation rules: www.fsjb.be or contact info@fsjb.be

Composition du Jury du Grand Prix

  • Mark EYSKENS
    Chairman of the Jury
    Minister of State
    Former Prime Minister
    Honorary professor at the Catholic University Leuven
  • Kris BERNAUW
    Ordinary professor at the University Ghentt
  • Herman COUSY
    Professor emeritus at the Catholic University Leuven
    Director of the Centre of Insurance at the Catholic University Leuven
    Former chairman of the Commission of Insurance
    Assessor at the State’s Council
  • Jean-Louis DUPLAT
    Former President of the Commission of Banking and Finance
    Honorary professor at the Faculty of Economic Sciences from the University Namur (Faculty Notre Dame de la Paix)
    Administrator of the Catholic University Louvain
    Honorary president of the Commercial Court of Brussels
  • Frédéric GEORGES
    Ordinary professor of the Faculty of Law at the University Liège
    Lawyer at the Bar of Liège
    Deputy judge at the Commercial Court of Marche-en-Famenne
    Deputy member of the « Commission d’avis pour les nominations des avocats à la Cour de cassation »
    Member of the « Commission de nomination de langue française pour le notariat »

Grand Prix Rules

A three-yearly Prize of 20.000 euros will be granted to the best scientific thesis dedicated to the subject selected by the Jury for each particular Prize.

  1. Article 1: The Prize is reserved to academic or scientific theses.
  2. Article 2: If the thesis has not yet been published, the Fund can take the initiative to publish the thesis with the permission of the laureate. The Fund will have the discretion to deduct the net publishing cost from the Prize (publication minus the profit resulting from the sales turnover of the thesis).
  3. Article 3: The text must consist of at least 100 already published pages and, if this is not the case, of 100 pages with single line spacing. The thesis cannot already have been awarded any Prizes. The text can be written in French, Dutch or English.
  4. Article 4: The text has to contain a bibliography of the subject matter.
  5. Article 5: The Jury will decide at its own discretion on the Prize by a majority of its members. In the event of a tie, the President will have the casting vote.
  6. Article 6: The Jury will decide within 4 months after the final application deadline.
  7. Article 7: The subjects of the Prize are selected by the Jury. The Fund takes care of publicity and sets the application date, as well as the date of the academic symposium on which the Prize will be awarded to the laureate.
  8. Article 8: The theses will be sent, in three copies, accompanied with the curriculum vitae of the authorr, to the following address:
    
Mr. President of the IVZW Fonds Scientifique Jean Bastin
    Patrick DE WOLF
    avenue Louise 81
    1050 Bruxelles
    Tel.: +32 2 627 10 10 

    A copy in PDF format will be communicated to the following address: info@fsjb.be 

The laureates up to now

  1. 1st prize 1995
    Subject of the prize:
    « Étude économique et/ou juridique de caractère scientifique consacrée à la protection contre la défaillance de paiement »
    – Prize awarded to:

    1. Monsieur Philippe COLLE, Belgique
      Doctor of law, Professor at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel et Avocat au barreau de Bruxelles
      – Title of the work:
      Het juridisch kader van de faillissementsvoorkoming. Kritische analyse met rechtsvergelijkende aantekeningen. Gent, RUG. Faculteit Rechtsgeleerdheid, 1988.
  2. 2nd prize 1997
    Subject of the prize:
    « Le rôle de la faillite dans une économie de marché du point de vue économique, social, sociologique et juridique »
    – Prize awarded to:

    1. Monsieur Régis BLAZY, France
      Professeur à l’Université de Strasbourg.
      – Title of the work:
      Processus de défaillance des entreprises et modifications comportementales par anticipation du défaut de paiement. Paris, Thèse de doctorat en Sciences économiques, 1996.
  3. 3th prize 1999
    Subject of the prize:
    « Défaut de paiement, sa prévention, ses solutions et sanctions suivant les règles de la loi »
    – Prize awarded equal scores to both:

    1. 1) Madame Christine BIQUET-MATHIEU, Belgique
      Lecturer at the University of Liège.
      – Title of the work:
      Le sort des intérêts dans le droit du crédit. Actualité ou désuétude du Code Civil. Liège, Collection scientifique de la Faculté de Droit de Liège, 1998.
    2. 2) Monsieur Alain ZENNER, Belgique
      Senator and Lawyer
      – Title of the work:
      Dépistage, faillites et concordats. Préface de Paul MARTENS, Bruxelles, De Boeck & Larcier, 1998.
  4. 4th prize 2001
    Subject of the prize:
    « La défaillance de paiement, sa prévention, ses remèdes et ses sanctions dans une société de droit – du point de vue économique, social, sociologique et juridique »
    – Prize awarded equal scores to both:

    1. 1) Monsieur Georges AFFAKI, France
      Associate Professor at the University Panthéon-Assas.
      – Title of the work:
      Financements et sûretés dans le commerce international.
    2. 2) Monsieur Théophile MARGELLOS, Spain
      Professor at the University of Picardie
      Doctor of Law, former chief clerk of commercial court at the European Community court of justice, Member of the Complaints Board of the OHIM and the OCW.
      – Title of the work:
      Les garanties légales du vendeur d’objets mobiliers corporels en droit comparé. Bruxelles, Larcier, 2001.
  5. 5th prize 2004
    This prize has not been awarded due to the insufficient quality of the works received.
  6. 6e Prix 2006
    Subject of the prize:
    « Étude économique et/ou juridique, historique, sociale ayant trait au respect des obligations et des engagements pécuniaires, et plus spécialement, à leur protection et à la prévention de toute défaillance de paiement »
    – Prize awarded to:

    1. Monsieur Frédéric GEORGES, Belgique
      Lecturer at the University of Liège
      – Title of the work:
      La saisie de la monnaie scripturale. Bruxelles, Larcier, 2006.
  7. 7th prize 2012
    Subject of the prize:
    « La crise financière de 2008 : leçons à en retirer pour éviter sa répétition »
    – Prize awarded to:

    1. Monsieur Georges UGEUX
      President of « Galileo Global Advisers », New York
      – Title of the work:
      La trahison des financiers. Paris, Odile Jacob, 2010.
  8. 8th prize 2015
    Subject of the prize:
    « Crise de la santé financière des banques et des États »
    « Le droit de la faillite et des sûretés à l’épreuve du droit de la réorganisation des entreprises »
    – Prize awarded equal scores to both:

    1. 1) Madame Sarah FARHI, France
      Associate Professor at the University of Toulon.
      – Title of the work:
      La fiducie-sûreté et le droit des entreprises en difficulté. Paris, L.G.D.J, 2016.
    2. 2) Madame Daniela JAROS, Austria
      Ph.D International law, EU law, Legal Theory
      Legal and Policy Expert Finanzmarktaufsicht Österreich
      – Title of the work:
      Tracing the Law of Sovereign Debt. Fiesole, EUI These, 2014.
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