The Banking & Finance Law Review is pleased to announce the third annual BFLR Law Student Fintech Writing Program.

The Law Student FinTech Writing Program, builds on the BFLR’s Annual FinTech Issues and a proud history of over 35 years as a leading forum for discussion of financial law developments in Canada and around the globe. The Law Student FinTech Writing Program aims to generate interest in the intersection of financial law and technology among Canadian law students (LLB or JD) by promoting and recognizing student research in this cutting-edge field of law. Submissions will be evaluated by a panel of experts in FinTech law, who will determine the top submission and honourable mentions for papers placing second and third.

Submissions may focus on any aspect of law and FinTech within the broad scope of the BFLR’s Call for Papers for the Annual FinTech Issue. This special issue focuses on the growth of Financial Technology, its regulation and impact on the financial industry in Canada and internationally. FinTech is construed broadly to encompass any technology-mediated financial product or service used in relation to banking and finance activities, including innovations such as cryptocurrencies, blockchain, decentralized finance (DeFi) applications, protocols and governance, platform finance enterprises, mobile, neo and open banking developments, payments innovations like stablecoins, e-money, and central bank digital currencies, application programming interfaces, robo-advisors, machine learning and artificial intelligence. It may also discuss the implications of these technologies for consumer and investor protection and financial market systemic risk.

Students enrolled in full-time Bachelor of Laws (LLB) or Juris Doctorate (JD) programs at Canadian universities, and Canadian students enrolled in full-time LLB or JD programs at universities in the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand, are eligible to apply. Entries must have the endorsement of a law faculty member. A student may submit no more than one paper to the competition. There is no limit on the number of students a faculty member may endorse or the number of students from a given university who may apply.

Submissions are due by June 16, 2024. Entries should be written in English and be accompanied by a completed application form. Papers must be no longer than 3,000 words, including footnotes. Submissions should be sent to

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