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Archived Version 2022 - 2023

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NFQ level 9 Credit Rating 10
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

This module provides a critical examination of legal and policy contemporary issues in EU Banking and Finance. It will focus on the main rules and institutions built through banking/financial regulation and supervision, and its interplay with the single market. It will give the necessary tools to critically reflect on some of the most important issues that define the EU legal order today: from the European integration project to the aftermath of the debt, banking and financial crises (so-called Great Financial Crisis). The module will examine the tensions raised by the currently incomplete Banking Union (BU) and the nascent Capital Markets Union (CMU), the developments and innovations undertaken during the COVID-19 crisis era, with, at its core Next Generation EU and associated recovery instruments. Hence, the challenges of the digital and green transitions within the economic recovery will be discussed, keeping in mind the changing roles of banks and financial institutions in today’s society. These challenges and issues will be examined by students in case studies presented and discussed in class before a study trip to a European capital city.

Learning Outcomes

1. Achieve a deep understanding of emerging issues in EU banking and finance law and policy
2. Contextualise and critically evaluate contemporary and emerging EU law and policy issues in banking and finance
3. Understand and analyse how EU law and policy issues have been approached in some key cases of the Court of Justice of the EU in the field of banking and finance
4. Become familiar with literature on these issues
5. Engage in research on a law and policy issue, to make a presentation and write a paper about a case study that demonstrates critical engagement with this issue, to prepare for an active participation in a study trip

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture22Students attendance at lectures
Class Presentation12Students observe and make a class presentation of a case study
Assignment Completion84Students complete their assignment on an emerging issue in EU law and policy, after engaging actively with policy makers during a study trip
Independent Study132Independent study to prepare for classes, the case study which will help students engage with policy makers during the study trip
Total Workload: 250

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Course Outline
What are the main issues and challenges addressed by EU Banking/Finance Law and policy today? How does this relate to the European integration project? How can we critically analyse the contemporary developments and policy projects related to the Banking Union and more generally the Financial Union? How can we approach the recent transformations in the legal and political landscape since the height of the great financial crisis, after the COVID-19 pandemics, and with NGEU programs? What does it mean for legal integration and judicial review?

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment% Examination Weight%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Reassessment Requirement
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
Indicative Reading List

  • Fabian Amtenbrink and Christoph Herrmann (eds): 2020, The EU Law of Economic and Monetary Union, Oxford University Press,
  • Danny Busch and Guido Ferrarini (eds): 2020, European Banking Union, Oxford University Press,
  • Chiara Zilioli and Karl-Philipp Wojcik (eds): 2021, Judicial Review in the European Banking Union, Edward Elgar Publishing,
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