LLAW6127 & JDOC6127

General Course Information

1.1 Course details

Course code: LLAW6127 / JDOC6127
Course name: Current Issues in Financial Law
Programme offered under: LLM Programme / JD Programme
Semester: June
Prerequisites: Law of International Finance 1; plus at least two of Law of International Finance 2, International Securities Law, Securities Regulation 1, Securities Regulation 2, Banking Law or Credit and Security Law
Credit point value: 9 credits / 6 credits
Cap on student numbers: 20 [priority to LLM(CFL) and LLM(CR) students]

1.2 Course description

Current Issues in Financial Law is a reflective and topical course for students nearing the completion of their degree programmes, who will typically have completed Law of International Finance 1, and at least one of Banking Law, Credit and Security Law, International Securities Law, Law of International Finance 2, Securities Regulation 1 or 2.

The course covers ongoing and contentious topics in financial, banking and securities law, and post–crisis reforms in regulation dealing with financial stability, misconduct and codes of business or product conduct. It will examine these and other issues according to events and developments at the time of the course, both locally and at international level.

Issues to be examined include judicial shocks and risks for commercial parties; recent OTC derivatives cases and the choice of arbitration in contract disputes; Hong Kong’s prospects as an international financial centre; recent cases and current concerns in insolvency law; ethics in finance, benchmark reform and financial misconduct; and aspects of gender diversity in financial law; and the ‘reasonable person’ in judicial decisions.

1.3 Course teachers

Name E-mail address Office Consultation
Course convenor Paul Lejot plejot@hku.hk CCT 304 Tue-Fri 1500-1800 by appointment

Learning Outcomes

2.1 Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs) for this course

CLO 1 Students will be expected to apply their insight from topics studied in completed courses in the LLM programmes in Corporate & Financial Law and Compliance & Regulation to current and potential problems in financial or securities markets.

2.2 LLM and JD Programme Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

Please refer to the following link:

LLM – https://course.law.hku.hk/llm-plo/

JD – https://course.law.hku.hk/jd-plo/

2.3 Programme Learning Outcomes to be achieved in this course



3.1 Assessment Summary

Assessment task Due date Weighting Feedback method* Course learning outcomes
Class presentation TBC 35% 1, 2, 5 1
Take home assignment TBC 65% 1, 4 1
*Feedback method (to be determined by course teacher)
1 A general course report to be disseminated through Moodle
2 Individual feedback to be disseminated by email / through Moodle
3 Individual review meeting upon appointment
4 Group review meeting
5 In-class verbal feedback

3.2 Assessment Detail

To be advised by course convenor(s).

3.3 Grading Criteria

Please refer to the following link: https://www.law.hku.hk/_files/law_programme_grade_descriptors.pdf

Learning Activities

4.1 Learning Activity Plan

Seminar: 11 three-hour seminars in an intensive mode in the June semester
Private study time: 9.5 hours / week for 12 teaching weeks

Remarks: the normative student study load per credit unit is 25 ± 5 hours (ie. 150 ± 30 hours for a 6-credit course), which includes all learning activities and experiences within and outside of classroom, and any assessment task and examinations and associated preparations.

4.2 Details of Learning Activities

To be advised by course convenor(s).

Learning Resources

5.1 Resources

Reading materials: Posted regularly at Moodle during the course
Core reading list:
  1. Liu, Lejot & Arner, ‘Finance in Asia: Institutions, Regulation & Policy’, Routledge, 2013.
  2. Arner, Hsu, Goo, Johnstone & Lejot, ‘Financial Markets in Hong Kong: Law & Practice’, 2e, Oxford, 2016.
  3. J. Dalhuisen, ‘Transnational Comparative Commercial, Financial & Trade Law’, Vol 3 (Hart), 7e 2019.
Recommended reading list: N/A

5.2 Links

Please refer to the following link: http://www.law.hku.hk/course/learning-resources/