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

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Rhys Bollen

Monash University - Faculty of Law

Date Written: January 6, 2007

Abstract

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.

Suggested Citation

Bollen, Rhys A., The History and Operation of International Payment System (January 6, 2007). Journal of Banking and Finance Law and Practice, Vol. 18, No. 27, 2007 , Journal of International Banking Law and Regulation, p. 373, 2007, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1756083

Rhys A. Bollen (Contact Author)

Monash University - Faculty of Law ( email )

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Clayton, Victoria 3800
Australia

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