the provision of finance for international transactions (documentary credits), and regulatory challenges and practitioner strategies, international conventions governing private law issues (eg., the Hague Convention on Indirectly-Held Securities).
International Economic Law and Organisations (elective course)
This course covers the principles and international legal rules that govern cross-border trade in financial and commercial services, and the operations of international economic and financial organisations. After a review of the applicable concepts, principles, sources of customary international economic law and the historical development of international economic organisations in the twentieth century, the module will focus on the legal and institutional structure of international economic and financial governance with particular attention on the International Monetary/World Bank, the World Trade Organisation and related international standard setting bodies (eg., Basel Committee on Banking Supervision). It will analyse the basic architecture of the international economic and financial system and the different instruments of cross-border cooperation, coordination, and supervision of international finance and the relevance of soft law norms in this field. The focus on the IMF will include questions regarding the implementation of international standards and transparency in monetary and financial policies and the various governance practices of central banks designed to reduce systemic risk.
In addition, the World Trade Organisation and its predecessor body the GATT will be analysed and its important role in governing international trade relations as well as the principles of the international trading system. A brief overview of the objectives of the WTO will be provided and the different agreements, the GATT, the GATS and TRIPS and its important principles. The principal focus will be on the institutional aspects, including the legal structure, decision-making structure, and dispute settlement rules. A few cases illustrative of these principles will be read and discussed in seminar. Moreover, the relevant international agreements covering private law transactions will be examined, including the UN International Convention on the Sale of Goods and related agreements.
Money Laundering and Financial Regulation (elective course)* The course will provide an understanding of the legal and regulatory principles that apply to companies and businesses in the area of anti-money laundering control and compliance. It addresses issues of civil and criminal liability from a company and business enterprise perspective and the regulatory policy objectives of implementing anti-money laundering rules, as well as many of the conceptual dilemmas in regulatory policy. Special attention will be given to counter-terrorist financial regulation and terrorist financing methods.
International Commercial Arbitration and Alternative Dispute Resolution*
The course aims at providing students with essential skills and knowledge to manage or avoids disputes and, if necessary, engage in the process of resolution of international commercial and economic disputes through international commercial arbitration or other forms of international dispute resolution. The course will enable students to understand the structure of the international contracts and the role and place of international commercial arbitration in resolution of disputes arising from international economic and commercial relations. In also covers the process of arbitration and the rules governing arbitration procedures, issues of arbitrability of economic law disputes, substantive applicable law and international enforcement of arbitration awards. Through practical exercises, the course focuses on techniques in negotiating and drafting international contracts as well as the methods of resolving possible