Netherlands, Utrecht

Financial law and economics: financial crisis and Europe

when 11 July 2016 - 15 July 2016
language English
duration 1 week
credits 1.5 EC
fee EUR 785

This course deals with the effects of Financial and Securities Law on the global economy and Europe and vice versa.
The Financial Crisis was caused by, amongst others, an inefficient regulation of securitization (of mortgage products) and poor governance of banks. The Financial Crisis and Euro crisis showed the effects of the lack of rules and tools for regulators on the European economy. EC commissioner Reding said in her speech of September 8, 2011 about the economic cooperation of the EU Member States and the euro:
?The creation of the euro added to this - during the last 10 years - an unprecedented period of benefits. The establishment of the European Monetary Union constituted a major change in macroeconomic conditions, especially for those Member States previously experiencing high or volatile rates of inflation. Disruptive nominal exchange rate fluctuations between European Monetary Union members disappeared, thereby facilitating trade and investment. The removal of exchange-rate risk and transaction costs further fostered financial and product market integration, while greater price transparency helped consumers and businesses to make better-informed economic decisions and take fuller advantage of the internal market. Unfortunately, in some Member States the new stable low interest rate environment was not used to improve public finances and productivity but rather resulted in unsustainable public and private spending.?

She also mentioned that the number and the scope of reforms that the EU has agreed on since the beginning of the crisis are truly impressive:
?Following the turbulence in the sovereign debt markets in spring last year, the EU quickly created financial backstops for countries under market pressure (?). We have put in place a new architecture for European financial supervision. This transformation was a first step towards more Europeanization of the supervision of financial markets and more efforts towards greater Europeanization and centralization have been taken. Recently, the Single Supervisory Mechanism has been established for the banking sector as a result of which the supervisory tasks of the national supervisors are taken over by the European Central Bank (ECB) in relation to significant banks. These developments make the European supervisory landscape extremely dynamic, with an entwining of European and national authorities.

The course addresses both rulemaking for the financial markets and noteworthy financial law and financial regulation, in one single course. The aim of this course is to establish a broad and complete foundation of knowledge of the laws and rules which have been triggered by the crisis in the European financial markets and an understanding of the permanent interaction between market behavior and the legislators? and regulators? responses to this by way of practical examples.

Participants will get thorough insights in these issues and the recent developments by way of lectures and participation in workshops and will be stimulated to come up with solutions (in papers and presentations) for a more sustainable financial system.

Course leader

prof.dr Wilco J. Oostwouder (professor of corporate finance law UU and attorney at law Loyens & Loeff N.V.)

Target group

Ambitious bachelor and master students (law, economics) who are keen to know more and to discuss about the causes and the effects of the Credit Crunch and the Eurocrisis and want to be involved in the creation of daring suggestions for a sustainable financial system.

Course aim

To give advanced students (Law, Economics) an insight into the causes and the effects of rules, or the lack of these, on the (European) economy and vice versa, to help them write a concise academic paper on Financial Law & Economics and to make them familiar with career opportunities after a Master in Law & Economics or Economics & Law. This course is also an excellent introduction to the course Public Law & Economics of the Master Law & Economics of Utrecht University.

Fee info

EUR 785: Course + course materials + housing
EUR 585: Course + course materials

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