Partners

The Faculty of Law, Economics and Finance actively seeks out meaningful partnerships with companies and institutions in Luxembourg. These partnerships anchor the FDEF’s research within the financial centre and business community, the start-up ecosystem, the European institutions and other sectors of Luxembourg industry and society. As well as promoting closer ties between research and practice, they offer exciting opportunities to the best of our students.

Funded Chairs

 

Financial Law (Inclusive Finance)

About the chair: The ADA Chair in Financial Law (Inclusive Finance) brings both ADA and the University of Luxembourg to the forefront of the emerging field of law and regulation of inclusive finance, with a focus on knowledge transfer from European jurisdictions to developing countries. The Chair is also supported by the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs.

About ADA: “Appui au Développement Autonome” (ADA) is a non-governmental organisation dedicated to building and catalysing the financial inclusion of populations excluded from conventional banking channels in developing countries. ADA focuses on the development of innovative inclusive financial services, on capacity building and on action research, putting its expertise to use in areas including youth financial inclusion, access to green energy through microfinance, microinsurance, and reinvested savings through remittances for migrants. Additionally, ADA collaborates with individual states to support their inclusive finance expansion strategies.

About the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs: The Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs (MFEA) defines and implements Luxembourg's foreign and European policy. It coordinates the Luxembourg government's external action. The MFEA acts in the best interest of Luxembourg and its citizens. It endeavours to promote a coherent approach towards diplomacy, defence, development and immigration.

 

European and International Tax Law

About the chair:  The ATOZ Chair in European and International Tax Law was set up to develop research activities and education of high quality in international and European tax law. The overarching goal of ATOZ in this partnership is to raise the level of knowledge of tax issues in Luxembourg. Since 2012, the Chair is funded by the ATOZ Foundation.

About the ATOZ Foundation & ATOZ: Established in 2012 and acting under the aegis of the Fondation de Luxembourg, the ATOZ Foundation's mission is to support local and international projects with a focus on education. ATOZ is a Luxembourg-based advisory firm offering a comprehensive and integrated range of tax and corporate finance services. As a high-end independent advisory firm, ATOZ partners have been at the heart of the development of the tax system over the last 20 years and are uniquely qualified to help clients maximise the value of their business by making the most of the opportunities Luxembourg offers.

 

Capital Markets and Post-Trade

About the chair: The Chair in Capital Markets and Post-Trade is dedicated to teaching and research activities in the field of capital market infrastructures with a focus on Post-Trade Finance. The goal of the Chair is to stimulate research about the capital markets and post-trade industry, to establish a strong research centre of European nature and to establish a European research network which could also enter into a dialogue with equivalent non-European research networks and/or centres (research objective), foster increased cooperation between the financial institutions/the financial industry and ancillary service providers on the one side and the academic world on the other side (institutional objective), create a new academic profile with a strong knowledge of capital market infrastructure issues and financial stability, which could encompass both theoretical aspects and empirical analysis (education objective) and generate awareness of the importance of the capital market infrastructures for finance and the economy (communication/outreach objective).

 

Entrepreneurship and Innovation

About the partnership: In 2014, the University of Luxembourg and the Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce signed a privileged partnership programme cementing a collaboration that began with the launch of the Master in Entrepreneurship and Innovation in 2007 and the creation of a Chair in Entrepreneurship and Innovation in 2020. The partnership aims at developing business education at the University of Luxembourg, through research and development, educational programmes, knowledge transfer and exchange, as well as by facilitating internships. The Chamber of Commerce provides support as well as advice to the students of the Master Entrepreneurship and Innovation through its entrepreneurial networks and the key expertise of the House of Entrepreneurship.

About the Chamber of Commerce: The Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce was first founded in 1841 to represent and defend the interests of its members. The partnership with the University of Luxembourg aligns with the Chamber’s operational missions, which include promoting entrepreneurial spirit and business development as well as fostering an educational and training system aligned with business’s needs and market reality.

 

Space, SatCom and Media Law

About the chair: The University of Luxembourg and global satellite operator SES in 2010 entered into a partnership with the aim of jointly developing Luxembourg as a European centre of excellence and innovation for advanced ICT in satellite systems. A key component of this partnership was the creation of the SES Chair in Space, SatCom and Media law with a research focus on the legal and regulatory challenges in satellite communications.

About SES: SES is the world-leading satellite operator and the first to deliver a differentiated and scalable GEO-MEO offering worldwide, with over 50 satellites in Geostationary Earth Orbit (GEO) and 16 in Medium Earth Orbit (MEO). SES focuses on value-added, end-to-end solutions in two key business units: SES Video and SES Networks. SES connects and enables broadcast, telecom, corporate and government customers, and enriches the lives of billions of people worldwide.

 

Sustainable Finance 

About the chair: The Chair in Sustainable Finance will bundle educational and research capabilities with industry expertise and knowledge while benefitting from the support of these two Ministries. The project will focus on activities in three core domains: research, education and exchange. The project aims to help bring targeted change to Luxembourg's financial industry, transforming it into a sector that supports more sustainable and inclusive economic systems by advancing cutting-edge research, developing high-quality teaching and certification programmes, attracting talent and promoting Luxembourg as a leading destination for providers of sustainable finance services. 

About the Ministry of Finance: The Ministry of Finance of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg prepares and implements the budgetary, financial and fiscal policy of the State. In this capacity, the Ministry is also responsible for the public finances and the preparation of the budget. In addition, it defines the policy with regard to the financial sector, and is responsible for external relations with the various international financial institutions.

About the Ministry of the Environment, Climate and Sustainable Development: The main tasks of the Ministry of the Environment, Climate and Sustainable Development are the implementation of the governmental programme, the coordination of work regarding sustainable development and take all appropriate measures to protect the natural and human environment and in the fight against climate change.

 

Private partners

 

Baloise Assurances

Bâloise Luxembourg

About the partnership: This partnership is set up as a fellowship offered by the Bâloise Group in Luxembourg for up to 5 students enrolled in their 1st, 2nd or 3rd year of the Bachelor’s in Applied Management programme at the University of Luxembourg. It is intended for deserving students with high potential who will receive an allowance of 300 euros a month for the duration of their studies and this, up to 30 months. Students are also given the opportunity to do their mandatory internship within the Bâloise Group in Luxembourg.

About Bâloise Luxembourg: Offering insurance services in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg since 1890, Bâloise Luxembourg is firmly rooted in the economic and social fabric of the country. Bâloise Luxembourg belongs to the Swiss group Bâloise, which is also present in Germany, Belgium, Liechtenstein and, of course, Switzerland. Bâloise Assurances provides a wide range of insurance, pension and wealth-building products to private and business customers. Bâloise Luxembourg is not only present on the Luxembourg market: it also works closely with highly successful banking partners and distribution partners outside its domestic market selected to sell wealth building and pension solutions in a number of European Union countries. 

 

Bank of China

About the partnership: The University of Luxembourg as a partnership with the Bank of China for the support of the courses in the Department of Finance and events, the possibility of internship and placement to students, the participation in professional series as well as awarding the best student in the Master in Banking and Finance.

About the Bank of China: As a Luxembourg-incorporated bank since 1979, together with the global presence of Bank of China Group, Bank of China Luxembourg has been successfully operating and continually developing its business over the years, and has contributed to the local and worldwide economic and social development. With nearly 40 years of expertise and experience in the European markets, Bank of China Luxembourg stands today as the Group’s European Regional Hub, extending its roots from Luxembourg to other European countries by setting up various branches in the Netherlands, Belgium, Poland, Sweden, and Portugal.

 

Clifford Chance

About the partnership: The Faculty of Law, Economics and Finance’s moot court activities are supported by the Luxembourg branch of the multinational law firm Clifford Chance. A generous annual contribution allows our participating students to travel to the competition locations, taking them across Europe and as far afield as Washington, D.C. In addition, lawyers from Clifford Chance attend practice sessions for selected competitions, giving students feedback on their pleadings and rhetorical skills, allowing students to benefit from their professional experience.

About Clifford Chance: Clifford Chance is one of the world's pre-eminent law firms with 33 offices in 23 countries and approximately 3,300 lawyers. It is one of the leading law firms in Luxembourg with a strong team of eight partners and 80 lawyers. Clifford Chance’s Luxembourg practice includes dedicated teams with experience in areas of corporate, M&A, banking and finance, capital markets, investment funds, litigation, employment and tax. The firm advises both international and Luxembourg-based clients, including financial institutions, business enterprises and state and regulatory bodies, on an extremely wide range of matters.

 

Ferrero

About the partnership: The University of Luxembourg signed a partnership agreement with Ferrero Group Headquarters in Luxembourg in July 2017 providing a framework for student stipends, internships, PhD research, and teaching activities. The Memorandum of Understanding sets out the Ferrero Fellowship Programme, with up to five promising Master students in the field of law, finance, economics, or entrepreneurship and innovation to receive a monthly stipend from Ferrero for the duration of their studies. This stipend is intended to cover accommodation costs for the students in Luxembourg. In addition, an Internship Programme facilitates Master students securing paid internships and gaining experience at this multinational company.

About Ferrero: Ferrero began its story in the little town of Alba in Piedmont, Italy, in 1946 and today the Ferrero Group is present with more than 41,000 people across 53 countries; it has 22 production plants around the world, of which three are part of the Michele Ferrero Entrepreneurial Project in Africa and Asia. Ferrero products are present and sold in more than 170 countries; they have become part of the collective memory and customs of many countries, where they are truly loved generation after generation and often considered as cultural icons.

 

MIT–Luxembourg Supply Chain Management Program

About the partnership: The Government of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and the University of Luxembourg founded the Luxembourg Centre for Logistics and Supply Chain Management (LCL) in 2015 in partnership with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Center for Transportation & Logistics (MIT CTL). The LCL offers a 10-Month Residential Masters program (LSCM) Leading to a Master in Logistics and Supply Chain Management awarded by the University of Luxembourg, and a Global Logistics and Supply Chain Management Certificate, awarded by the MIT Global SCALE Network.

About the MIT CTL: Launched in 1973, the MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics (CTL) is a dynamic solutions-oriented environment where students, faculty, and industry leaders pool their knowledge and experience to advance supply chain education and research. The MIT CTL creates supply chain innovation and drives it into practice through the three pillars of their mission statement: research, outreach and collaboration. 

 

Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung gmbh

About the partnership: The University of Luxembourg and ZEW have renewed their collaboration, which was first launched on 20 June 2016, and strengthen their existing cooperation by providing for the following senior research staff to the Centre for Research in Economics and Management at the Faculty of Law, Economics and Finance of uni.lu, sharing access to data sources available at their respective institutions as well as joint research activities.

About the ZEW: The ZEW – Leibniz Centre for European Economic Research in Mannheim is a non-profit and independent institute with the legal form of a limited liability company (GmbH). Founded in 1990 on the basis of a public-private initiative in the Federal State of Baden-Württemberg in co-operation with the University of Mannheim, ZEW is one of Germany's leading economic research institutes, and enjoys a strong reputation throughout Europe.

 

Institutional partners

Barreau de Luxembourg

About the partnership: The Barreau de Luxembourg actively supports the Faculty's "Clinique du Droit" clinical teaching programme for Master students in law, as well as a number of other activities benefitting the Faculty's students and the wider academic community.The Barreau also sponsors two awards, bestowed upon the best graduating student in the Bachelor en Droit and the Faculty’s LL.M. programmes, respectively.

About the Barreau du Luxembourg: The Luxembourg bar association (Barreau de Luxembourg) serves its members, the legal profession and the public by defending the rule of law and advancing professionalism in the field. It counts 2,500 registered lawyers, defending the rights of their clients.

 

Cooperation for Laos

About the partnership: Since 2017, the University of Luxembourg, specifically the Faculty of Law, Economics and Finance (FDEF) is actively cooperating in the field of legal higher education with the National University of Laos, specifically the Faculty of Law and Political Science (FLP) in the framework of an Inter-University Cooperation project which is an integral part of the Indicative Cooperation Program signed in 2015 between the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and Lao People’s Democratic Republic.

About the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs: The Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs (MFEA) defines and implements Luxembourg's foreign and European policy. It coordinates the Luxembourg government's external action. The MFEA acts in the best interest of Luxembourg and its citizens. It endeavours to promote a coherent approach towards diplomacy, defence, development and immigration.

 

Cooperation for Mali

About the partnership: The cooperation actions with the partner universities in Bamako (University of Legal and Political Sciences, and University of Social Sciences and Management) aim at concrete and targeted support to the development efforts of advanced education and research. These actions broaden and reinforce the first cooperation undertaken by the University of Luxembourg and complement the fields of Luxembourg Cooperation in Mali.

About the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs: The Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs (MFEA) defines and implements Luxembourg's foreign and European policy. It coordinates the Luxembourg government's external action. The MFEA acts in the best interest of Luxembourg and its citizens. It endeavours to promote a coherent approach towards diplomacy, defence, development and immigration.

 

European Investment Bank

About the partnership: The European Investment Bank and the Faculty of Law, Economics and Finance cooperate in a number of areas, such as internships, teaching and research but also other professional collaborations and joint institutional initiatives. The mutually beneficial partnership helps both the EIB and the FDEF build on each other’s expertise and resources, profiting from each other’s proximity in the Luxembourg context. The EIB Institute is also a partner of the Certificate in Law and Regulation of Inclusive Finance.

About the EIB: The EIB is the European Union's bank. It is the only bank owned by and representing the interests of the European Union Member States. It works closely with other EU institutions to implement EU policy. The EIB is the world’s largest multilateral borrower and lender, providing finance and expertise for sustainable investment projects that contribute to EU policy objectives.

 

Fondation Pierre Werner

About the partnership: Inspired by the ideals of Pierre Werner, the University of Luxembourg and the Fondation Pierre Werner together established a scholarship awarded to outstanding applicants from European countries (except Luxembourg) pursuing a full-time postgraduate degree in political science, law, finance or economics at the University of Luxembourg. The stipend is awarded annually and can be divided between up to four successful candidates based on the decision of the selection committee.

About the Fondation Pierre Werner: Named after Pierre Werner, former Prime Minister of Luxembourg and prominent European politician, the foundation aims to support research projects, studies, and conferences related to European integration, monetary issues, democracy or human rights, in any country of the European continent. These themes are closely related to the key issues on which Pierre Werner worked during his entire professional life, thereby strongly contributing to the edification of the European Union.

 

Formation professionnelle complémentaire des réviseurs d’entreprises et des experts-comptables

About the partnership: The State of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg entrusts the University of Luxembourg with the mission of organizing the "formation professionnelle complémentaire des réviseurs d’entreprises et des experts-comptables".

About the Commission de Surveillance du Secteur Financier (CSSF): The Commission de Surveillance du Secteur Financier is a public institution which supervises the professionals and products of the Luxembourg financial sector. It supervises, regulates, authorises, informs, and, where appropriate, carries out on-site inspections and issues sanctions. Moreover, it is in charge of promoting transparency, simplicity and fairness in the markets of financial products and services and is responsible for the enforcement of laws on financial consumer protection and on the fight against money laundering and terrorist financing.

 

MPI Luxembourg

About the partnership: The Faculty of Law, Economics and Finance collaborates with the MPI Luxembourg since the latter’s inauguration in 2012. The Research Unit in Law and MPI Luxembourg work together on research projects and teaching. Together they foster the next generation of researchers by fostering exchange of expertise and knowledge in the field of doctoral education in particular.

About MPI Luxembourg: The Max Planck Institute Luxembourg for International, European and Regulatory Procedural Law (MPI Luxembourg) investigates modern tendencies in dispute resolution mechanisms from different perspectives: from the perspective of public international law, from the one of European and comparative civil procedure law, as well as from a regulatory standpoint (especially with reference to financial markets).

 

STATEC

About the partnership: The partnership between the FDEF and STATEC aims to promote research related to the Luxembourg economy and its specificities. The achievement of this objective Is facilitated to exchange opportunities for junior researchers and the co-supervision of doctoral candidates. The close relationship with STATEC was a contributing factor to the Master in Economics and Finance to be admitted to the European Master in Official Statistics (EMOS) Network.

About STATEC: STATEC is the National Institute for Statistic and Economic Studies of Luxembourg. It coordinates the statistic system of Luxembourg. STATEC aims at producing statistical data, analysis and studies giving a detailed, reliable and objective picture of Luxembourg society.

 

Award sponsors

Les Amis de l'Université du l'Luxembourg

About the awards: Les Amis de l'Université du Luxembourg oversees the distribution of three different awards: the Portabella Academic Excellence Award, the Portabella Excellence Mobility Award and the Germain Dondelinger Award. The Portabella awards were created by les Amis de l'Université with the financial support of the Fondation Luis Portabella Y Conte Lacoste while the Germain Dondelinger award was created by les Amis de l'Université to honour the late Germain Dondelinger, Government Commissioner to the University (2003-2014) and President of the Fonds Belval (2004-2014). 

About les Amis de l'Université du Luxembourg: Les Amis de l’Université du Luxembourg is a non-profit association founded in 2008 with a goal to contribute to the development of the University and promote its image regionally and internationally.

 

The Azizi scholarship for the European Union Law and Litigation Master

About the award: Josef Azizi, former judge of the Court of Justice of the European Union presents this award each year to the most deserving student or students of the European Union Law and Litigation Master during the December graduation ceremony. 

 

Bank of China

About the award: Prize awarded to the best student from the graduating class of the Master of Science in Banking and Finance.

About the Bank of China: As a Luxembourg-incorporated bank since 1979, together with the global presence of Bank of China Group, Bank of China Luxembourg has been successfully operating and continually developing its business over the years, and has contributed to the local and worldwide economic and social development. With nearly 40 years of expertise and experience in the European markets, Bank of China Luxembourg stands today as the Group’s European Regional Hub, extending its roots from Luxembourg to other European countries by setting up various branches in the Netherlands, Belgium, Poland, Sweden, and Portugal.

 

Barreau de Luxembourg

About the award: The Barreau sponsors two awards, bestowed upon the best graduating student in the Bachelor en Droit and the Faculty’s LL.M. programmes, respectively.

About the Barreau du Luxembourg: The Luxembourg bar association (Barreau de Luxembourg) serves its members, the legal profession and the public by defending the rule of law and advancing professionalism in the field. It counts 2,500 registered lawyers, defending the rights of their clients.

 

Economist Club Luxembourg

About the award: Prize awarded to the best student from the graduating class of the Master in Economics and Finance.

About the Economist Club Luxembourg: This organisation, which has existed since 1964, mainly aims to bring together professionals in economics, management and related fields in order to foster collegiality and solidarity. The association also promotes knowledge sharing through the organisation of conferences and seminars. 

 

Fondation du Mérite Européen

About the award: Prize given to the best Master's thesis on the topic of European Union integration. 

About the Fondation du Mérite Européen: The Fondation is a Luxembourg non-profit association whose object is to recognise the achievements of individuals, or occasionally organisations, for their outstanding contribution to the advancement of the European ideal or for particular achievements of a transnational nature, over and above their strict professional achievements.

 

INVESTAS

About the award: Prize given for the best Master's thesis in Finance. 

About INVESTAS: INVESTAS is a Luxembourg association of private investors whose mission is to promote saving and encourage investing in moveable assets. INVESTAS aims to educate investors and defend their interests. 

 

Pictet

About the award: Prize awarded to the best student from the graduating class of the Master in Wealth Management.

About Pictet: Pictet is one of the leading European independent wealth and asset managers. As an investment-led service company, Pictet offers wealth management, asset management and related asset services.