Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Available all semesters

Course Delivery



Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment One assignment of 5,000 words  100%
Supplementary Assessment One assignment of 5,000 words  100%

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module, students should be able to:
1. Display a knowledge and understanding of the key issues in international banking law and to critically evaluate the implications of the international banking crisis of the early 21st Century.
2. Display a knowledge and understanding of the legal and regulatory principles associated with the regulation of banks on an international basis.
3. Critically evaluate the current judicial, legislative and regulatory approaches towards building a safer international financial system.
4. Display an ability to access the relevant literature and materials in this field and how to use them in a critical discussion of the issues covered by this subject.
5. Present critical and well-informed argument regarding the problems of achieving an effective international regulatory system.

Brief description

This module will provide an opportunity to examine the approach taken to regulating banks at both national and international levels. It will include a study of how banking crises can be avoided as well at how they can be dealt with if they happen. The module will also provide a study of how to deal with insolvent banks. Due to the increasing internationalisation of the banking industry, cross-border issues will also be addressed.


The global financial crisis in 2008 had a profound effect on the framework for international banking regulation. There have been and may continue to be many regulatory developments which have attempted to respond to the crisis and its immediate aftermath. The module will provide an opportunity for students to study the new legal and regulatory frameworks which have already been introduced in a number of countries. The module deals with an extremely important and topical subject which will continue to be of considerable international significance. It will be studied at a postgraduate level through the distance learning format which will increase the availability and opportunity for studying this subject especially for a range of potential students already in employment in relevant areas of law and business.


1. Introduction to bank regulation and supervision.
2. An examination of international best practice.
3. The role of central banks and lender of last resort financial assistance.
4. The legal framework for bank insolvency.
5. Cross-border issues.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number N/A
Communication Written communication is developed by the presentation of information and argument in written answers and in a more informal way by the use of Blackboard to encourage communication among students and between students and staff. Oral communication skills are developed at the residential study schools. Only written skills assessed.
Improving own Learning and Performance Distance learning, by its very nature, requires strong individual learning and performance structures and this module further develops key skills in this area.
Information Technology The module is delivered by distance learning which relies heavily on the use of electronic information resources and on-line learning and teaching.
Personal Development and Career planning Independent learning enhances time management skills. Studying the module will also develop an enhanced capacity for critical thought and the ability to work independently.
Problem solving By the examination and discussion of actual and hypothetical case studies.
Research skills Through the detailed study at advanced level of literature, legal material and research findings on the subject.
Subject Specific Skills This module provides students with the opportunity to identify, analyse, evaluate and practise a series of skills with respect to regulatory issues surrounding international banking law.
Team work Team working skills will be encouraged and developed in group activities and discussions at the residential study schools.


This module is at CQFW Level 7