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									     LLM in International
     Finance & Banking Law

LLM in International Finance & Banking Law Modules

By the end of the programme, you               Core modules cover legal methodology,             Each following module is eight weeks in
will have an advanced understanding            conflict of laws in business and                  length. By taking one module at a time
of the framework that governs                  commerce, aspects of banking law,                 you can explore a specific subject in
international financial markets                international finance law, international          depth without distractions.
and transactions, and a keen                   taxation law, international economic
awareness of current and likely future         law and international law and foreign
                                                                                                 A. Core modules
developments. Whether you are a                investment. You can then personalise
practising lawyer or have broader              your Masters with an elective                     • Legal methodology
responsibilities, this LLM will enable         module chosen from law of business                • Conflict of law in business
you to advance your career in both             organisations, EU law and the single                and commerce
the legal profession and the financial         market, corporate governance and
services sector.                               international money laundering regulation.
                                                                                                 • Aspects of banking law
                                               You complete your degree with an                  • International Financial Services Law
Programme outline
                                               original dissertation.                            • International Taxation Law
Our LLM in International Finance &
                                                                                                 • International law and foreign investment
Banking Law is a specialist Master of Laws     You will graduate with specialist legal
degree that will equip you with the skills     expertise that is vital to organisations          B. Elective modules
                                               operating in highly competitive
and knowledge to manage the demands
                                               international financial markets. Your
                                                                                                 • Law of business organisations
of the global financial industry within a
legal context. It provides a firm foundation   familiarity with the language and                 • EU law and the single market
in commercial law and the opportunity to       operational legal detail of international         • Corporate governance
pursue your interest in specific areas of      finance – securities, loans, bonds and            • International money laundering
corporate and regulatory legislation.          derivatives – will complement your                  regulation
                                               ability to think strategically and untangle
                                               highly complex legal requirements. Your           • International economic law
Our virtual classroom is the ideal             advanced qualification will give you a
environment for practising lawyers and         secure platform on which to develop               C. Dissertation
finance professionals to learn together        your career in a range of legal and               Students refine their dissertation topic
and from each other. Reflecting the            commercial environments.                          in conjunction with their Personal
cross-border and cross-discipline reality
                                                                                                 Dissertation Advisor, an academic
of global markets and organisations, it
                                               Programme structure                               supervisor who will provide support
brings together students from around the
                                                                                                 throughout the writing process.
world in a dynamic, collaborative forum.       The program is composed of 6 core
Together you will discover and debate          modules, 2 elective modules and a
the nature and development of the legal        dissertation (for a total of 180 credit points)
context that shapes the world financial
industry. This online exchange of different
                                               Your first module will be nine weeks in
legal and industry perspectives provides
                                               length where you begin with a week long
new opportunities for learning that a
                                               brief introduction to the programme, the
traditional classroom cannot match.
                                               learning platform and then continue with
                                               the module content.

† Subject to final approval from the senate.
     LLM in International Finance & Banking Law

LLM in International Finance & Banking Law Modules

Core modules                                    Aspects of Banking Law                        International Taxation Law
Legal Methodology                               Aim: To analyse the role of the               Aim: To introduce the fundamental
Aim: To provide a comprehensive                 banking sector and issues relating to         legal principles of taxation of
grounding in the specialist skills and          bank regulation.                              international income.
perspectives necessary for independent          This module focuses particularly on the       This module examines issues such as
legal reading and presentation.                 shortcomings of banking regulators. You       taxation of the income from inbound and
The structured exercises that comprise          will study the development of the banker/     outbound investment, double taxation,
this module will help you develop               customer relationship with an emphasis        fiscal incentives for investment and
appropriate skills and introduce you to         on bank confidentiality and money             income tax treaties.
intellectual perspectives over a range of       laundering regimes. You will also look at
international, European and domestic            mitigating factors in banking transactions,
                                                                                              International Law and Foreign
legal subject areas. You will work              such as undue influence and duress,
on reading, writing and presentation            with special reference to the impact of
                                                third-party behaviour (O’Brien and the        Aim: To examine the problems
techniques and receive specific
                                                subsequent cases).                            concerning the legal regulation of
counselling on legal writing skills.
                                                                                              foreign investment.
                                                                                              This module examines responses to
Conflict of Law in Business and                 International Financial Services Law
                                                                                              these problems at the national, bilateral
Commerce                                        Aim: To provide a basic overview of           and multilateral level. You will study legal
Aim: To introduce the theoretical basis         financial services law by identifying         frameworks as well as the law and policy
of conflict of laws and the purpose of          and developing issues regarding               issues involved. You will also examine the
rules in law.                                   regulation of financial services in the       concerns of developed and developing
                                                21st century.                                 countries. In addition, you will address
This module provides an introduction to
conflict of laws, including its theoretical     This module introduces the importance         the interrelationships between foreign
basis, the purpose of the rules and             of the increasing internationalisation        investment regulation and environmental
issues of particular relevance to business.     and globalisation of financial markets        and social concerns, and consider the
You will study issues such as where to          and services, and the need to see             role of civil society in international law and
litigate, and the jurisdiction of the English   international financial services law as an    policy-making.
courts under the common law rules, the          important part of international business
Brussels Convention/Regulation and              law. You will come to appreciate both the
the Lugano Convention. You will cover           contractual aspects of financial services
the choice of law in contract, torts and        law, as well as regulatory approaches
in relation to movable and immovable            that are increasingly international ones.
property, including issues such as
jurisdiction, renvoi and expropriation.
You will develop a view on what system
should govern e-commerce and examine
the recognition and enforcement of
foreign judgments.
     LLM in International Finance & Banking Law

LLM in International Finance & Banking Law Modules

Elective modules                                 Corporate Governance                         Dissertation
Law of Business Organisations                    Aim: To examine different systems of         Aim: To undertake a piece of original
Aim: To analyse the relationships                corporate governance.                        research to demonstrate your mastery
arising out of different business                On completing this module, you will be       and integration of knowledge you have
organisations and in particular the              able to describe, analyse and critique       acquired during the programme.
legal effects of establishing limited            key matters of process and structure You will choose your dissertation topic
liability companies.                             that constitute systems of corporate in conjunction with your personal
This module introduces different forms           governance on an international scale.dissertation advisor, an academic
of business organisations, such as                                                    supervisor, who will provide support
partnerships and LLPs. You will explore          International Money Laundering       throughout the study and writing
the relationships arising out of different       Regulation                           process. Your dissertation will apply your
business organisations, including those          Aim: To provide a comparative study  new knowledge and work experience and
between partners; partners and third             of UK and international responses to must have merit beyond the narrower
parties; contractual obligations; rules of       the problems of money laundering and scope of your particular need.
agency law as applicable to partners, and        economic crime.
dissolution of the partnership. You will         In this module you will undertake a
then look at the limited liability partnership   comparative survey of major countries,
and the changes to general partnership           including the history of financial crimes
it has entailed. Finally, you will explore       and their regulation, methods of money-
the different types of limited liability         laundering, the uses and abuses of off-
company, the legal effect of establishing        shore financial centres, and international
such a company, and rules relating to            regulation of money movements. You will
management and contractual capacity.             also learn about the increasing role that
                                                 tax counsel plays in compliance and due
EU Law and the Single Market                     diligence investigations.
Aim: To examine the core aspects of
the European single market.
                                                 International Economic Law
This module focuses on a range of issues
                                                 Aim: To examine the role of
affecting trade in the single market, such
                                                 traditional international law in
as customs duties and discriminatory
                                                 economic relations.
internal taxation; the free movement of
goods and services; treaty derogations           In this module you will examine the
and mandatory requirements; private              principal non-state actors, such as the
barriers to movement and relationship            World Bank Group, WTO, UNCTAD,
with fundamental rights; forms of                OECD, and regional trading blocs such
harmonisation and their relationship to          as the EU. You will also study basic
the primary Treaty provisions; market            GATT/WTO principles, WTO dispute
management by the Commission; and                settlement and the treatment of issues
theories of regulatory competition and           including dumping and subsidies, foreign
social dumping.                                  investment, regulation of multinational
                                                 corporations, protection of the
                                                 environment and transfer of technology.

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