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Mr Mustafa Akgun

Part-Time Tutor

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Part-Time Tutor in the Durham Law School  


Mustafa is a first year PhD student and a part-time tutor in Durham Law School. Writing a thesis entitled “Re-thinking banking secrecy in the fight against economic crimes” he is interested in criminal law and banking privacy regulations in Swiss and British law.

He obtained an LLB from Galatasaray Law School (Istanbul-Turkey) and an LLM in European comparative public law from Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne (France). After his master’s degree he interned in the Legal Department of the Turkish Embassy in Paris.

His LLM research on the Independence of the National Data Protection Supervisory Authorities was financially supported by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs while he currently holds a Turkish Ministry of National Education scholarship for his doctoral study.

Current research

Under the supervision of Professor Deryck Beyleveld and Professor Helen Fenwick, Mustafa’s current study is focused on the concept of banking secrecy and its application in the fight against economic crimes. He intends to re-interpret banking secrecy based on Alan Gewirth’s Principle of Generic Consistency. He intends to test this new interpretation considering the anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing regulations of the FATF and anti-tax evasion regulations of the OECD. He focuses on the application of these regulations in the UK and Switzerland.

  • Journal Article

Mustafa Akgun "La Réforme Française du 13 Novembre 2014 sur le Blocage Administratif des Sites Internet Provoquant au Terrorisme ou en Faisant l’Apologie[2016] 25(7) TAAD 223

  • Presentation

“The Evaluation of Banks’ Duty to Produce Suspicious Activity Reports from the view of Article 8 jurisprudence of the ECtHR”, Presentation at the International Workshop for Doctoral Students at the Pompeu Fabra University (Barcelona), 22-24 February 2017

Research Interests

Banking Law

Privacy Law

Economic Crimes

Comparative Law

"Principle of Generic Consistency" and Alan Gewirth