Thesis Prize 2013

The Foundation for Continental Law supports legal research, encourages lawyer exchanges and promotes Continental law.

To that end, it awards two prizes every year for theses in each of the following two categories:

A thesis written and defended by a French or Chinese student on Chinese/French comparative law, or Chinese law and Continental law.
A thesis written and defended in French by a South American, or a thesis defended by a French student in a Latin American country.

There is an award of 2,000 € (or its equivalent in national currency) for each of these prizes.

Panel of Judges

Each panel of judges is composed of five members and chaired by Mr Michel Grimaldi, Chairman of the Scientific Council of the Foundation for Continental Law, Professor at Panthéon-Assas (Paris II) University.

Conditions of Entry

The subject matter of the thesis may be any area of law (civil law, business law, public economic law, intellectual property law, environmental law, inter alia).

It must have been written and defended during the calendar year preceding the date of the competition, that is to say between 1 January and 31 December 2012 for the 2013 prize.


The competition is divided into three stages:

1/ Selection of the five best theses capable of winning a prize.

2/ The authors of the theses selected will be interviewed by the panel of judges.

3/ Award of the prizes.


– Closing date for entries: 21 June 2013

– Announcement of the five theses selected for each of the prizes: beginning of July 2013

– Interviews with the selected candidates: July 2013

– Official prize-giving ceremony: autumn 2013.

Compilation and Delivery of Files

Candidates’ files must comprise:

– a curriculum vitae together with a letter of no more than one page, stating the reasons for the entry,

– a summary of the thesis, in French and English or in French and Spanish (maximum 8,000 characters).

Files should be sent by post and e-mail to:

Fondation pour le droit continental

2013 Thesis Prize,

2-14 Rue des Cévennes

75015 Paris – France

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