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Postgraduate Module Descriptor

LAWM080: International Banking Law

This module descriptor refers to the 2017/8 academic year.


NQF Level7
Credits30 ECTS Value15
Term(s) and duration

This module ran during term 2 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Dr Radek Stech (Lecturer)





Available via distance learning


This module introduces you to aspects of the operation of the law of international commercial banking, paying particular attention to the European Union (EU) banking market.  You will examine the regulatory structure in which banks operate at an international, EU and UK level, looking for example at the role of the Bank of International Settlements, the European Central Bank, EU European Banking Authority and the roles, in the UK of the Prudential Regulatory Authority and Financial Conduct Authority. You will examine the necessary condition of the free movement of capital for the properly functioning internal banking market and the cross- border activities of financial services. The course will explore the evolution, regulatory framework and principles of the Economic and Monetary Union. Recent reforms to address the international banking crisis such as the Eurozone Single Supervisory Mechanism will be examined. You will also have the opportunity to discuss the banker-customer relationship, to look at the operation of syndicated loans in relation to international project finance, to consider the control of money laundering and terrorist financing, as well as the duties imposed on banks to assist the law enforcement agencies, and to reflect on the increasing role environmental considerations play in relation to bank lending for major construction projects and in particular the operation of the Equator Principles. The module may include presentations from guest lecturers.

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