Call for papers: ECB's Legal Research Programme 2020

The European Central Bank (ECB) is seeking applications from established scholars or promising early-career researchers for up to six legal research scholarships to be awarded in 2020.

Venturing into the Union’s exclusive competences?The ECB is offering up to 6 scholarships  endowed with grants of EUR 6 000 (for Junior Scholars) or EUR 8 000 (for Senior Scholars), which is not compatible with any other fellowships or grants received from third parties, unless the ECB expressly consents to this.

Applicants who are awarded a scholarship under the LRP (the ‘Scholars’) will be required to write a research paper during 2020 on one of the following research topics:

  1. Enforcement of fines and other pecuniary obligations imposed by the ECB: Union and national law aspects

  2. Could the ECB issue an electronic equivalent of paper-based euro banknotes? Under what conditions might such ‘electronic banknotes’ have legal tender status?

  3. The European Central Bank and its evolving role in the field of retail payments: is there scope for further Eurosystem action?

  4. Corporate restructuring versus financial resolution: benchmarks for the lawful treatment of creditors and shareholders

  5. Venturing into the Union’s exclusive competences?

  6. The interaction between banking supervision and accounting rules

Deadline: 3 February 2020

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