Professor George Walker

  • Professor of Financial Regulation & Policy (Law)


George Walker is the Professor in International Financial Law at the Centre for Commercial Law Studies at Queen Mary University, London and at the University of Glasgow. He was Deputy Head of the International Financial Law Unit and Head of the Banking and Finance division. He was Acting Head between 2002 and 2004.

He is a Barrister and Member of the Honourable Society of Inner Temple in London. He is a Member of the New York Bar and was previously a Solicitor in Scotland and England and Wales. He has been a Legal Consultant with Farrer & Co, Solicitors, London and was formerly a Solicitor in Edinburgh and with various major City of London law firms.

He has held a visiting research position at Harvard University for two years and subsequently at Georgetown Law School, Washington DC. He was an external examiner at Hong Kong University and has been a Visiting Academic Scholar at the Law School, University of Tokyo, Japan. He has been a Visiting Professor at Glasgow University and a Visiting Fellow at Edinburgh University. He has been the Senior Examiner for the Chartered Securities and Investments Institute (formerly the London Stock Exchange) in Financial Regulation and Compliance (Financial Services Law) since 2000. He was awarded a highly distinguished Major Research Fellowship with the Leverhulme Trust for 2011-2013 to work in the area of Financial Law and International Financial Law.

He has been a Legal Consultant with the International Monetary Fund, Washington, DC since 1999 and has spent a number of summers working at their head office in Washington. He has acted on a number of significant international law reform projects including with the Fund, World Bank, EBRD as well as with the Asia Development Bank and with various national governments. He has worked on thirty separate country law projects to date including in Eastern Europe, South America, Africa, Asia and China (including on Chinese financial conglomerates and bank insolvency). He has also assisted a separate Working Group on Japanese Financial Conglomerates.

He is author of the leading reference texts International Banking Regulation – Law, Policy and Practice (Kluwer, 2001) and European Banking Law – Policy and Programme Construction (British Institute of International Comparative and Commercial Law (BICCL, 2006).

He is co-author and editor of the new leading UK texts with Michael Blair QC, former General Counsel Financial Services Authority London (FSA), on Financial Services Law (Oxford University Press (OUP), 2006) and Financial Markets and Exchanges Law (OUP, 2007).

He was co-author of the earlier leading UK texts on Banking and Financial Services Regulation (Butterworths, 3rd 2002) and of Blackstone’s Guide to the Financial Services and Markets Act (Blackstones, 2001). He is an Assistant Editor of the Encyclopaedia of Banking Law (Butterworths,5  Volumes, Looseleaf) and of the monthly online Banking Law Update. He is also an Assistant Editor of Butterworths Financial Regulation Services (Butterworths, 7 Volumes, Looseleaf).

He was formerly Executive Editor of the Financial Times, Financial Regulation Report and now Informa, Financial Regulation International. He is co-editor of various book series. He has published a large number of other refereed and other journal articles as well as made numerous chapter and conference contributions.

Research interests

George's current research is focused on a number of key trends in banking and financial law at the UK, European and international law levels. Current major research proposals are in the areas of UK Financial Regulatory Reform and International Capital Standards.


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