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2024/25 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

LAW5584M Principles of International Financial Law

15 creditsClass Size: 120

Module manager: Professor Gerry McCormack

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2024/25

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

The module provides an introduction to principles of finance law focusing on international (and EU) regulatory policy and the regulation of different financial sectors in the UK, including banking, securities, crypto assets and retail investment. The module intends to offer some in depth analysis for law and non-law graduate students on legal principles of international financial law and enable them to apply these legal rules and principles to other legal and finance subjects.


The module aims to:
- demonstrate a critical knowledge of financial law principles issues both from a theoretical and practical standpoint.
- demonstrate a sound knowledge of financial regulation and relevant legal principles of English and EU law, an analytical understanding of the principal issues relating to the legal analysis of financial markets, and a critical understanding of the social impact of financial law and regulation.
- apply their knowledge to analyse and to provide arguable conclusions for practical problems and to analyse issues arising from the interaction of principles of private law, financial regulation, and statute to the specific context of financial market activity.
- critically evaluate the law and practice of various international finance transactions that are used to raise debt finance in the international debt and capital markets

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module, students should be able to:
- explain some of the contemporary issues and problems in international financial law;
- identify matters that warrant reform and to be able to discuss the kinds of reforms needed;
- critically analyse international financial law concepts such as: money, payment, crypto assets, contractual interpretation, fiduciary duties, bond market, regulation of financial services and the regulation of conduct in financial services and apply them in a wider context in other subjects within wider concepts of the law and finance.

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 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 hours134.50
Total Contact hours15.50
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

There is no reading list for this module

Last updated: 04/04/2024


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