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The Role of Soft Law in the Legalization of International Banking Supervision: A Conceptual Approach


  • Kern Alexander


The process of legalization and the role of international soft law in developing international banking supervisory standards are extremely important for assessing the feasibility of establishing effective international rules for banking supervision. This paper analyses the concept of legalization at the international level and how it may be applied to the development of international 'soft law' principles and rules that shape and constrain state behaviour in international banking supervision. Legalization includes a wide range of normative and institutional arrangements, from binding 'hard' law through various forms of non-binding soft law rules, to arrangements that share some characteristics of hard law but are not legally binding, though they have a normative impact on state practice. An analysis of the concept of legalization is necessary for determining whether non-binding international rules can be effective in reducing systemic risk in the international financial system.

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  • Kern Alexander, 2000. "The Role of Soft Law in the Legalization of International Banking Supervision: A Conceptual Approach," Working Papers wp168, Centre for Business Research, University of Cambridge.
  • Handle: RePEc:cbr:cbrwps:wp168
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    International Baking Law; International Financial Markets; International Economic Order; Banks; International Policy Coordination And Transmission;

    JEL classification:

    • K29 - Law and Economics - - Regulation and Business Law - - - Other
    • G15 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - International Financial Markets
    • F02 - International Economics - - General - - - International Economic Order and Integration
    • G21 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Banks; Other Depository Institutions; Micro Finance Institutions; Mortgages
    • F42 - International Economics - - Macroeconomic Aspects of International Trade and Finance - - - International Policy Coordination and Transmission

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