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Certificate in Law and Regulation of Inclusive Finance

The Certificate in Law and Regulation of Inclusive Finance is designed to educate and train future professionals in inclusive finance matters.


next course dates: 18 to 28 January 2021        

Application: not yet open



The curriculum was developed by the ADA Chair in Financial Law (Inclusive Finance) in cooperation with ADA to meet the continuous need for talented and well-trained specialists in the growing field of inclusive finance.

The programme combines traditional financial law with inclusive finance and development policy subjects such as FinTech for inclusive finance, mobile payment systems, client protection management, and microfinance investment funds.


Entering its fifth year in 2021, the programme is aimed at regulators, intermediaries and other inclusive finance organisations.  

• Module 1: Overview of financial, inclusive finance and cross-border regulatory supervision.

• Module 2: Law and ethics, including ethical investments and the impact of non-legal ordering on the practice of the law.

• Module 3: Luxembourg and European investment vehicles and institutions that may be used for or supportive inclusive finance investments.

• Module 4: Banking law, in particular deposit-taking and risk management, e-payment and FinTech for developing countries, and client and insolvency protection.

Lectures include the following topics:

• financial law requirements for supervisory cooperation and funding non-European financial intermediaries;

• the organisational set-up of inclusive finance intermediaries from developed and developing countries, e.g. microfinance investment funds and the AIFMD; the role of the European Investment Bank;

• the influence of ethics and culture on financial intermediation;

• mobile banking and FinTech issues with regard to developing countries as well as the interaction between Luxembourg / Europe and developing countries; • investor and client protection rules; and

• principles set up by inclusive finance governance initiatives, in particular the Principles for Responsible Investments (PRI).

Teaching staff includes leading academics from the University of Luxembourg and other universities, development policy experts from ADA and the EIB, as well as industry specialists with extensive experience and networks in their subject areas. Participants will be in close contact with teaching staff and have the opportunity to meet seasoned professionals from regional, development and private banks, law and consultancy firms, as well as investment firms.

The curriculum taught full-time over a period of two weeks in Luxembourg. During this short but intense period participants from around the world will come together to work on cutting-edge topics relating to inclusive finance, each of them with their respective knowledge.

In order to successfully complete the Certificate, students will need to work on case studies and present their results to the faculty. Class attendance in Luxembourg is mandatory.

Prerequisites & admissions

To apply, please provide us with the following documents:

  • Completed application xls form 
  • CV
  • Letter of motivation
  • Letter of recommendation (from your employer, from one of our partners or former lecturers or former participants)
  • Copy of your diplomas (min. Bachelor level 180ECTS)
  • Copy of your valid passport
  • Copy of your language certificate (English min. B2 level)

Prerequisites to participate in the course:

  • Minimum Bachelor level (180 ECTS) or 3 academic years equivalent
  • English (B2 level)
  • An interest in inclusive finance by justifying experience or publications in the field


This training is limited to a maximum of 25 qualified and motivated participants with different profiles. Half of the places offered will be granted to qualified applicants from developing countries in need of financial assistance. These students will receive scholarships as well as travel and accommodation support for their stay in Luxembourg. The other half of places is subject to a €6,000 tuition fee. This fee is used to fund scholarships for participants from developing countries.

Candidates for the course taking place in January 2021 are selected by the course director in cooperation with ADA and the EIB.

For interest in participation or funding with regard to the certificate program in January 2021, please contact

Application: not yet open


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Directeur d'études


Programme at a glance:

  • Two weeks totaling
  • Teaching language: English
  • Tuition fees: 6,000 € (scholarships available)
  • Max. number of students: 25
  • Faculty from around the globe
  • Visiting professors & industry experts