The History and Operation of International Payment System
Journal of Banking and Finance Law and Practice, Vol. 18, No. 27, 2007
Journal of International Banking Law and Regulation, p. 373, 2007
33 Pages Posted: 7 Feb 2011
Date Written: January 6, 2007
In many ways, international payments are similar to domestic payments. They involve a payer using the services of one or more intermediaries to transfer value to a payee. However, they tend to involve a number of additional complexities as a result of the distance between the parties, the different time zones and currencies, and the need for additional intermediaries. This has led to the development of unique payment facilities specially catering for the needs of users of international payments. This article will consider the history of international payments, and their current role and scope. It will describe a number of common retail, wholesale and institutional payment systems and examine their legal structure. It will go on to examine the inter-bank infrastructure supporting the international payment system. The next article will examine the legal structure of international payments in detail. It will analyse international payments from a legal perspective, looking at a number of key issues in depth such as payment mandate, finality and revocability.
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