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Introduction to the Law of International Finance


Wednesday 16 March - Tuesday 22 March 2022, 9am-12.30pm

5 sessions - Check class timetable
Availability limited


On this short course, Introduction to the Law of International Finance, we examine the financialisation of law that has taken place with increasing speed over the last 30 years. We consider in some depth areas in which traditional principles of law have encountered and been suborned by the development of the international trade in debt and debt instruments. Our wider theoretical aim is to critically engage you in the ideas of ethics, norms and complexity within financial development, regulation and crisis.

The primary legal focus of the course will be English law-governed credit agreements current in City of London practice. Given the international nature of the subject, due to the use of such English law-governed agreements globally, we will also refer to the laws of the EU and other jurisdictions (particularly New York, Germany and France). By using the credit agreement as the anchor of this course, rather than international and somewhat abstract banking regulations, we aim to offer a borrower perspective which links the more arcane aspects of the secondary market in debt to the more familiar and tangible context of industrial business and society as a whole.

This postgraduate-level short course is ideal if you have a professional or personal interest in the field of law. You will also find it of particular interest if you wish to enhance your career through Continuing Professional Development in this area.

This short course is assessed by a 4000-word essay.

30 credits at level 7

  • Entry requirements

    Entry requirements

    Most of our short courses have no formal entry requirements and are open to all students.

    This short course has no prerequisites.

    As part of the enrolment process, you may be required to submit a copy of a suitable form of ID.

    International students who wish to come to the UK to study a short course can apply for a Visitor visa. Please note that it is not possible to obtain a Student visa to study a short course.

  • How to apply

    How to apply

    You register directly onto the classes you would like to take. Classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis - so apply early. If you wish to take more than one short course, you can select each one separately and then register onto them together via our online application portal. There is usually no formal selection process, although some modules may have prerequisites and/or other requirements, which will be specified where relevant.