JUR1880 – Financial Market Law and Regulation

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Course content

Financial Markets Law and Regulation matters to us all. It is about our payments, mortgages, banking, other forms of savings and pensions.  It is also about Norway’s sovereign wealth fund, the shares and bank-loans to business and the financial system. How should the law protect depositors and investors? How can regulation promote the stability of financial markets to avoid another financial crash? How to balance efficiency and competition with stability and the universal provision of banking services? 

Financial Markets Law and Regulation is increasingly important to the work of lawyers in private practice, in companies and the public sector from ministries down to local authorities, and it is undergoing rapid change involving fundamental policy choices.

The regulation of contracts between banks and their customers in national law is subject to EU directives, regulations and the practice of the European Court of Justice. It is made more complex by the impact of international standard setting, European human rights law and domestic constitutional and public and private law.

This course in financial market law and regulation includes the rules of banks, insurance and other investments, their products and the markets these are offered in with securities regulation. The course covers licensing/authorisation of banks, insurance companies and investments firms and investment funds, the organization of institutions and markets and conduct of business rules with investor protection. 

The main focus are International and European sources and the interplay between national and European rules and supervisory authorities (“Finanstilsynet” and the three European Supervisory Authorities;The European Banking Authority, The European Securities and Markets Authority and The European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority).

Learning outcome

See ‘Detailed course information’ regarding requirements and syllabus.


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Recommended previous knowledge

Please note that lectures and curriculum for this course is aimed at students at master degree level.

However, the achievement requirements are adjusted for students who take the subject at bachelor degree level.

Overlapping courses

10 credits overlap with JUS5880 – Financial Market Law and Regulation


Lectures/seminars, 20 hours.

Language of teaching for this course is English. This means that all communication during lectures/seminars will be in English, and all literature and auxiliary materials are in English.


24 hour written home exam

2000 words on bachelor’s level. The word limit can be exceeded up to maximum 10%.

Footnotes should be included in the word count of the main text. Not included in this count: front page (title etc.), summary, table of contents and references (bibliography). (If relevant for the paper).

Assignments/papers with text exceeding the word limit will not be accepted.


Examination support material

This is an open book exams, thus all available sources can be used

Use of sources and rules for citing. 

General rules on cheating and plagiarism apply. You must provide a reference whenever you draw upon another person’s ideas, words or research in your answer to the exam question(s). You cannot copy text directly from textbooks, journal articles, court judgments etc. without highlighting that the text is copied. Verbatim quotes must be italicised or otherwise highlighted to make obvious that the pieces of text are quotes.


The European Commission defines mobile payments as "payments for which  the payment data and the payment instruction are initiated,  transmitted or confirmed via a mobile phone or device". (European   Commission, GREEN PAPER Towards an integrated European market for  card, internet and mobile payments, page 5)

Use of sources and citations

Failure to cite sources or highlight quotes in your exam answer may be considered as evidence of cheating.

Previous exam papers

Language of examination

The examination text is given in English, and you submit your response in English.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Marking criteria for written examination

This  guide is used by examiners for grading elective courses at the Faculty of Law.

Explanations and appeals

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Withdrawal from an examination

It is possible to take this exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

There are special rules for resitting a passed examination in the master's programme in Law.

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.


The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.

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