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2024/25 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

LAW5562M International Banking Law: The Regulatory Framework

15 creditsClass Size: 90

Module manager: Dr Steven Montagu-Cairns

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2024/25

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

This module will provide students with an insight into the way in which banks operate and at the same time will enable students to gain an understanding of the role of the legal process in the regulation of banks, both on a national and an international basis. Banking is very much an international industry and the course will consider the theoretical basis as well as the practical issues involved in the prevention and resolution of banking crises. The course covers the following topics: banking crises and the causes of bank failure; the regulation of banks; the role of the central bank and/ banking regulator; the protection of bank depositors; international efforts including the EU and the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision; the prevention and control of money laundering.


Objectives of the module are to provide students with a critical understanding of the area of international banking law. Through active learning approaches students will gain both theoretical and practical knowledge of the relevant areas. Didactic lectures will be supported by active seminar and group work.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module, students should be able to:-

1. Critically assess the law in this area;-
2. Analyse the issues from both a theoretical and a practical perspective.
3. Students should have an understanding of the contemporary issues and problems in the regulation of the international banking sector and be able to discuss how these issues and problems are being addressed.
4. In addition students should be able to identify matters that warrant reform and to be able to discuss the kinds of reforms needed.

Skills learning outcomes
On successful completion of the module students will have demonstrated the following skills learning outcomes:
1. Critical thinking, demonstrating openness to alternative ideas and have the ability to interrogate sources
2. Develop academic skills to enable you to source, understand and apply your discipline
3. Be able to evaluate and analyse a range of information to put forward coherent and evidence based arguments
4. Develop advanced communication skills, essential for effective interaction and the dissemination of complex legal concepts.


Details of the syllabus will be provided on the Minerva organisation (or equivalent) for the module

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours135.00
Total Contact hours15.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

A formal formative assessment opportunity will be provided, which is specifically pedagogically aligned to the summative assessment task. As part of this, each student will receive individual feedback designed to support the development of knowledge and skills that will be later assessed in the summative assessment.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 24/05/2024


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