International Financial Services Regulation - LAWS9050

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This module is not currently running in 2022 to 2023.


This module focuses on the international regime of financial services regulation. It is concerned with critical perspectives on the international financial regulatory framework, assessing its strengths and weaknesses. With the recent Global Financial Crisis there is a lot to explore in this module, including questions as to the relationship between states and markets in regulation, the rationales for regulation, theories of regulation, understanding the international finance system and its challenges and the adequacy of the international financial regulatory regime.


Contact hours

Total study hours: 200
Contact hours: 18
Private study hours: 182


LLM in (Specialisation); PG Diploma in (Specialisation); PG Certificate in Law

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods

The module will be assessed by a 5,000 word essay, which is worth 100 per cent of the final mark.

Reassessment methods

100% coursework

Indicative reading

• Andenas, M. & Iris H-Y Chiu, The Foundations and Future of Financial Regulation - Governance for Responsibility (London: Routledge,
• Evans, Huw. Plumbers and Architects: A Supervisory Perspective on International Financial Architecture. (London: Financial Services
Authority, 2000).
• Goede, Mareike de, Speculative security: the politics of pursuing terrorist monies. (University of Minnesota Press, 2012).

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module, students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate a sophisticated understanding of the rationales for the development of the New International Financial Architecture and of
critiques of this development;
2. Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of theories of global business regulation and their implications for the selection and
application of regulatory technique in the financial sector;
3. Demonstrate comprehensive knowledge of the institutions, interests and practices of international and domestic financial sector regulation
under conditions of neo-liberal economic development;
4. Critically evaluate policy documents and contemporary scholarship on financial sector regulation;
5. Demonstrate a high competence in conducting academic research on international governance of the financial sector;
6. Demonstrate a sophisticated understand the key legal principles and policies relevant to an important aspect of international commercial
law, that is, international regulation of markets for financial transactions;
7. Express an intricate and reasoned view on the merits, drawbacks and implications of different aspects of the international regulation of
financial services;
8. Conduct informed and detailed analyses of the theoretical underpinnings and economic implications of regulatory techniques.

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module, students will be able to:

1. Summarise detailed and complex bodies of information concisely and accurately;
2. Carry out independent research and present claims and findings in a written form that meets academic conventions for scholarly writing in
3. Identify limitations of their knowledge and commence further research into unresolved issues;
4. Present relevant knowledge and understanding in the form of a sustained, reasoned, supported and detailed argument.


Stage 1


  1. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  2. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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