The Fonds Scientifique Jean Bastin, a Belgian international non-profit association, will grant a substantial amount in the form of a Prize 20.000 euros to the author of the best thesis in the area of the indebtedness and solvency of the States. Granted for the first time in 1992, this is the 9th Grand Prix Jean Bastin 2019 Prize. It is one of the most prestigious in the legal and economical domain. The thesis must have been published after 1 January 2016 or to be published. Three areas of particular interest for the prize application have been mentioned:
The State in arbitration - 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. It will be assessed by a Jury of four Belgian professors, and be presided by Minister of State Mark Eyskens. For more details regarding the subjects and the participation rules: www.fsjb.be (only in French) or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.