S. International Banking and Finance: The Challenges

Course Information

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Curriculum Level
Areas of Study
Interdisciplinary Legal Studies

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Section Description

Will the new regulatory environment be resilient enough to limit the impact of the next financial crisis? Ten years after the so-called Lehman crisis, the landscape of international banking and finance has substantially changed. The year 2018 has seen some first signs of another possible financial crisis, centered around the over indebtedness of governments around the world, the consequences of the various quantitative easing programs of central banks. It could potentially be much more damaging than anything we have seen yet. As it is often the case, new regulations are aiming to compensate for the challenges of the past crisis. Financial regulation is at an international crossroad. The drive of the financial crisis ten years ago seems to have lost momentum and key questions are raised about the purpose, value added and effectiveness of post-crisis financial laws. This seminar examines the challenges facing international finance and banking with a global outlook, both geographically and conceptually. The underlying question is to what extent financial regulation is supporting financial stability and enabling growth? We will discuss current topics in finance and banking with a legal-conceptual perspective, allowing us to consider the political, policy and economic fundamentals of financial regulation. We will connect a global perspective with relevant developments in Europe, the US, Asia and other regions dependent upon the students' interest and actual developments. Financial regulation plays a critical role when assessing these questions. From a global perspective, the Basel ratios strongly influence the business of banking. However, at the core of the issues we will discuss, the lack of global regulatory institutions leaves financial regulation fragmented and complex. This triggers many discussions on the effectiveness and impact of regulation on financial stability and economic growth. Goal The class targets students with an interest in financial regulation and does not require in-depth familiarity with financial vocabulary and concepts of financial regulation. The purpose of this class is to improve this understanding and provide students with more background to discuss recent issues in financial regulation. Methodology and timeline Participation. After an introductory lecture, each class includes open discussions of the week's most relevant financial news and the reading materials for the class. Students are explicitly invited to raise concerns, questions or comments to present their own views. I will invite guest speakers with a different expertise (in previous years we received former Managing Director of the IIF Charles Dallara, Barclays Bank CEO Jes Staley, DE Shaw Legal Counsel John Liftin and President of the European Investment Bank Philippe Maystadt, Brexit negotiations advisor to the UK government Barnabas Reynolds and MetLife head of global regulation Edite Ligere). Presentation. Each student presents a class-specific case study Essay. At the end of the semester, students write an essay on a narrow topic of their choice relevant to the course.

School Year & Semester
Spring 2019
JGH 602
Class meets on
  • Friday
1:40 - 3:30 pm
Method of Evaluation
J.D Writing Credit?
Minor (automatic)
Major (only upon consultation)
LLM Writing Project
(only upon consultation)

Learning Outcomes

  • The purpose of this class is to improve the understanding of finance from a regulatory and policy perspective, and provide students with more background to reflect on recent issues in financial regulation.
  • At the end of the course, students will have acquired understanding of and/or facility in use of other disciplines in the analysis of legal problems and institutions, e.g., philosophy; economics,other social sciences; and cultural studies
  • At the end of the course, students will have acquired understanding of and/or facility in the influences of political institutions in law

Course Limitations

Instructor Pre-requisites
Instructor Co-Requisites
Recommended Courses
Other Limitations
Instructor permission not required, but please specify if 2-3L, LLM, SIPA or Business School