The Legal Concept of Money
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The Legal Concept of Money

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This new book analyses the challenge of how money (including coins, notes, credit, and virtual currency) should be defined from both a legal and an economic perspective.

As new electronic payment mechanisms proliferate, this question of definition is likely to become an important issue in global legal, commercial, economic, macro-prudential and fiscal policymaking. The book re-examines money in this context by identifying the role it plays in various transactions and to what extent, for example, cryptocurrencies and quasi-money are interchangeable with, analogous to, or different from traditional monetary systems.

Beginning with a summary of the legal nature of money, the book explains the distinction between money and payment obligations, as well as providing an overview of the fundamental characteristics of money. It analyses how the law identifies money by pinpointing characteristics of particular transactions such as sale of goods transactions, including the position where the exchange of goods is for e-currency.

Other situations or transactions examined include the recovery of stolen money, claims for non-delivery of money, and how obligations to pay operate. The book also considers the role of money in the banking system, exploring how various currencies can be used as claims on financial institutions, examining whether the systemic stability of the industry is threatened by non-traditional currency forms. Finally, the book addresses, and seeks to develop a conceptual framework for how alternative
currencies might work in place of money as a medium for saving.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 256 pages
  • 165 x 240 x 21mm | 542g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0198826397
  • 9780198826392
  • 26,966

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clear and accessible ... the book sheds light on the many intricacies of the subject the world cannot do without and is a vital contribution to the understanding money in its legal context. Prof. Dr. Bob Wessels
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clear and accessible ... the book sheds light on the many intricacies of the subject the world cannot do without and is a vital contribution to the understanding money in its legal context. * Prof. Dr. Bob Wessels *
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About Simon Gleeson

Simon Gleeson is a Partner at Clifford Chance LLP in London, specialising in banking and financial markets law and regulation, clearing, settlement and derivatives.

Simon's experience includes advising governments, regulators and public bodies as well as banks, investment firms, fund managers and other financial institutions on a wide range of regulatory issues. He is described by all of the major legal directories as one of the world's leading experts in financial services and banking regulation, capital markets and derivatives.

In addition to his private practice, Simon is heavily engaged in the development of law and policy in finance. He is generally regarded as one of the intellectual leaders in the post-crisis reform of financial regulatory and resolution law.
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