Fall 2011 Course Schedule

Intl Finance (LAW-653-001)

Meets: 10:30 AM - 11:50 AM (MW) - Room 503

Enrolled: 35 / Limit: 60

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In 1970, 90% of international transactions represented trade in goods and services. On the eve of the latest financial crisis, up to 90% of international transactions reflected movement of capital unrelated to trade. This course examines the evolving legal regime that governs cross-border capital movements in the wake of the crisis. We will consider current issues in international finance from the transactional, regulatory, and policy perspectives – reflecting the different functions of the law in this area. Beyond basic legal concepts relevant to international banking, securities and currency markets, we will address topics including crisis response, international institutions, government debt, foreign assistance and microfinance.
The course assumes no prior background in finance, economics, banking or securities law. It includes an overview of selected national and international legal systems for international financial transactions, and the policy environment in which they take place.

Textbooks and Other Materials

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Eighteenth Edition
Foundation Press 2011
ISBN: 978-1599419756

Public Affairs 2003 *Available in paperback*
ISBN: 978-1586481810

Additional materials will be made available from time to time on MyWCL.

First Class Readings

Welcome to International Finance. The syllabus overview and assignments for the first two sessions are posted on the Registrar’s website and MyWCL. The full syllabus will be posted shortly, when the textbook is printed and the guest speakers have confirmed. . In the interim, we will use excerpts of the preliminary version of the textbook in pdf form, posted on MyWCL.

For the first session, please do the assigned reading and fill out the questionnaire attached to the syllabus and posted separately on MyWCL in Word format.

If you are on the waiting list for the course, please do not hesitate to join the first session, having done the assigned reading.

I look forward to meeting you!


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