Financial regulation refers to those rules and laws that create certain requirements and restrictions for organisations operating in the financial industry, such as banks, investment firms, credit unions, insurance companies, financial brokers as well as fund, asset and wealth management firms. Furthermore, regulation covers the ongoing oversight and enforcement of these rules thus securing the integrity and stability of the financial system, with adequate consumer protection, reduced financial crime and strengthened market confidence.
This course provides an understanding of the financial system, placing particular emphasis on its architecture and the relevant regulatory framework within which it operates. The knowledge acquired in this course is a prerequisite for participants wishing to understand and deepen their knowledge on the financial system, financial regulation and financial firms.
Through this course participants will gain a new perspective on the framework in which financial corporations need to place themselves before engaging in business, or, while developing their operations at global level. Furthermore, they will be able to explore the creation and entry into the operation (gradually, since November 2014) of the European Banking Union (‘EBU’, also referred to as ‘Banking Union’), which constitutes a major institutional development in the field of financial stability in the European Union (the ‘EU’) as well as its three pillars (SSM, SRM, EDIS).
The aim is for participants to understand, among other, the functions of the financial system, the case for regulatory intervention in the financial system, the policy objectives and the measures to achieve them, the four levels of the making and enforcement of public international financial law, the main sources of public international financial law and the pillars of the European Banking Union.
The main question which the participants will be equipped to answer is how the financial regulatory framework and the current developments may affect the international and national business.
Expected Learning Outcomes
Having successfully completed this course, participants will be able to demonstrate an advanced understanding and be able to:
Course Outline – Thematic Areas:
Who Should Participate in the Course?
The course is suitable for anyone who has a professional or personal interest in broadening their knowledge by studying international financial regulation and seeing how this impacts financial institutions worldwide. More specifically this includes:
Participants’ Commitment: In total the participants will need to commit around 60-70 hours for the course.
On a weekly basis there will be reading material and exercises uploaded on the learning platform for participants to study. It is expected that participants should commit around 4-6 hours per week and additionally they will need to prepare an assessed assignment and undertake in an exam in order to complete the course.
Live Meetings: There will be in total 5 live on-line sessions.
This will include an introductory session in Week 1, three two-hour sessions to discuss the material covered and review the exercises that participants are expected to complete (Weeks 4, 8, 12) and a revision session in the last week of the course. Participants are advised to participate in these sessions as their participation will form part of the overall assessment.
What will Participants Attain: A Postgraduate Certificate
Participants undertaking the course will receive master’s level knowledge. Having covered the syllabus and attained the necessary results in their assessed assignments participants will receive a Postgraduate Certificate that may be used to in future postgraduate studies and allow them to enjoy exemptions.
|Exam (2 hours)||60%|
|Essay (3,000 words)||40%|
Based on their performance in the assessed essay and the final exam, participants may attain the certificate with a Pass, Merit or Distinction.
How and Where Participants Can Study
The course is delivered fully online so it can be studied at any time and from any location in the world.
5 live meeting on weeks 1, 4, 8, 12 and 14
Pantelitsa Sfiniadaki has obtained a Phd in the fields of Public Law “Sustainable Urban Development in German and Greek Law as a Concept of weighing and balancing of interests” from the Faculty of Law of the Free University (Freie Universität) of Berlin. Sie has Master’s degree (LL.M.) from the same University. She has graduated from the Faculty of Law of the University of Athens. She specializes in Administrative Law, Constitutional Law, Oil and Gas Law, Environmental Law, Urban planning Law, Immigration Law. She is a scientific collaborator at the Law School of the European University of Cyprus. She has taught the following courses in the past: General Administrative Law, Special Administrative Law, Oil and Gas Law, Environmental Aspects of Oil and Gas Law, Constitutional Law. Pantelitsa Sfiniadaki has obtained a Phd scholarship from the Academy of Athens and a Master scholarship from the Vardinogianneio Idrima. She has been a member of the Chania, Crete Bar Association since 2008.