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Intl Finance (LAW-653-001)
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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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Title: Internatinal Finance: Transactions, Policy, and Regulation
Author(s): Scott and Gelpern
Publisher: Foundation Press (19th Ed 2012)
Title: The Chastening
Author: Paul Blustein
Publisher: Public Affairs (2003)
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