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Principles of Banking Law

Principles of Banking Law (3rd edn)

Sir Ross Cranston, Emilios Avgouleas, Kristin van Zwieten, Christopher Hare, and Theodor van Sante
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date: 22 March 2023

p. 49717. International Payment Systems and Trade Financelocked

p. 49717. International Payment Systems and Trade Financelocked

  • Ross Cranston, Ross CranstonProfessor of Law at the London School of Economics
  • Emilios Avgouleas, Emilios AvgouleasProfessor of International Banking Law and Finance at the University of Edinburgh; European Banking Authority Stakeholder Group
  • Kristin van Zweiten, Kristin van ZweitenClifford Chance Associate Professor of Law and Finance at Oxford University and a Fellow of Harris Manchester College
  • Theodor van SanteTheodor van SanteBarrister at 3 Verulam Building, Gray's Inn, London
  •  and Christoper HareChristoper HareTravers Smith Associate Professor of Corporate and Commercial Law at the University of Oxford and a Fellow of Somerville College


This chapter discusses two distinct but inter-related issues. The first part considers the general ways in which payment may be effected internationally or across borders in respect of any type of consumer or commercial contract. In many ways, the analysis builds upon the discussion in the earlier chapter dealing with domestic payment systems and limits itself to highlighting the additional issues or concerns that arise when such systems are used to effect an international or cross-border payment. The second part analyses the specialist mechanisms designed to facilitate payment in the trade finance context in particular. Some of the issues surrounding international messaging and transfer systems, such as SWIFT and TARGET, have already been considered.

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