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EU Banking and Financial Law

The underlying objective of the course EU Banking and Financial Law is to enable the students to acquire a deeper understanding of the EU Laws relating to banking and finance.

EU banking
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The course EU Banking and Financial Law is given within the framework of the one-year master programme in European Economic Law at the Department of Law, Stockholm University.  

Read more about the Master of Laws in European Economic Law  

This course is the second course in the Master of Laws Programme in European Economic Law. It is one of several elective specialisation courses. The course focuses on EU banking and financial law. The course is divided into three parts. The first part of the course is devoted to EU law concerning money and has as its basis the provisions regarding free movement of capital in the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union. In addition to the regulations for exchange and investment controls, issues with taxation of cross-border capital income and cross-border financial crime as well as illegal money laundering are discussed. The second part of the course examines regulations regarding integration of banking, insurance, and investment services, looking at past legal developments, the current legal situation, and plans for the future. Particular attention is paid to the EU's growing banking union. The course also addresses the relevant consumer protection and competition rules within the EU regarding financial services. The third part of the course concentrates on the rules for establishment of the economic and monetary union (EMU). The need for well-functioning integration and effective regulation of the EU’s financial and banking markets has become increasingly clear since the introduction of the Single Currency and in the wake of the financial crisis. Therefore, different legal instruments and governance mechanisms are studied in the course, along with discussion of their advantages and disadvantages.

In relation to the compulsory introductory course in the Master programme, this course delves deeper in both substantive and methodological respects, and also provides broader perspective within a new and dynamic area of European economic law. The course provides deeper insight into the constitutional implications of integration in the areas of financial and banking law. Students are trained to formulate, discuss and solve complex problems within banking and financial law, with the use of relevant EU legal methods. Knowledge and insights about the area's special theoretical and methodological premises are presented, such as the importance of economic reasoning and theory.

The course also aims to prepare students for their Master thesis.

  • Course structure

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    Syllabus - EU Banking and Financial Law

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    Teaching format

    Instruction consists of 10 weeks of full-time studies. It is structured as follows:

    • A series of lectures on selected subjects in EU banking and financial law; - Teacher-led tutorials in smaller groups, that link to the lectures and aim to improve understanding as well as prepare students for the subsequent seminars.
    • Interactive seminars on selected subjects in EU banking and financial law. The students prepare written and oral assignments that involve application, investigation and argumentation and present the results during seminars, both individually and as a group.
    • A concluding seminar where students present a shorter written essay memorandum with research in EU banking and financial law. The student also serves as discussant ("opponent") for another course participant's essay memorandum. 

    Seminars/workshops will also be organized during the course to help students with the preparation of their essay memorandum, with emphasis on the choice and delimitation of appropriately defined research questions, issues of theory and methods, and academic requirements regarding use of source material and proper citation of sources. The language of instruction is English.


    Examination is based on active participation in the seminars, the essay memorandum and its oral presentation and serving as a discussant at a seminar, as well as through a written examination.


    Sideek Mohamed Seyad

  • Schedule

    The schedule will be available no later than one month before the start of the course. We do not recommend print-outs as changes can occur. At the start of the course, your department will advise where you can find your schedule during the course.
  • Course literature

    Note that the course literature can be changed up to two months before the start of the course.

    Reading List

    • Barnard, C, The Substantive Law of the EU, the Four Freedoms, Oxford University Press (7th Ed.) 2022

    Further optional reading

    • Sideek M. Seyad, EU Financial Law, 2010, Stiftelsen Skrifter utgivna av Juridiska fakulteten vid Stockholms universitet. 

    Compilation of legal materials

    Will be uploaded in the home page of the Banking course

  • Course reports

  • More information

    Learning platform

    During the course, registered students will receive additional course information on the Athena learning platform.

    The Department

    Read more about education at the Department of Law at Stockholm University on our homepage.

    Education - Department of Law 


    Video presentation

    Video presentation of the course

  • Contact

    Course contact:  

    Course coordinator: 
    Cecilia Lundström Hägglund  

    Course manager: 
    Sideek Mohamed Seyad