School of Law

Professor Joseph Jude Norton, AB, Providence College; LLB (hons.), University of Edinburgh; LLM, University of Texas; SJD, University of Michigan; Diplôme (droit privé), Hague Academy of International Law; DPhil (Law), Oxford University; LLD (hc) (Stockholm) LLD (London)

Joseph Jude

Honorary Professor

Room Number: Lincoln's Inn Fields


Professor Norton primarily teaches domestic and international business and banking-related courses, along with courses on international economic development law. He was the Sir John Lubbock Professor of Banking Law at the CCLS from 1993-2005, and from 1988-1993 he was the Cameron Distinguished Visiting Professorial Fellow in International Banking Law at the CCLS. While at the CLLS, Professor Norton established and headed up the International Financial Law Unit at the Centre, oversaw the CCLS’ intercollegiate LLM and the PhD programs in international banking and finance and was responsible for the London intercollegiate LLM courses on Legal Aspects of International Finance, Banking Law and Regulation, Emerging Market Law: Finance and Development and International Economic Law. Currently, he holds the James L Walsh Distinguished Faculty Fellowship and Professorship in Financial Law at the Dedman School of Law, Southern Methodist University where he has been a tenured full Professor of Law since 1981 and before an Adjunct Professor since 1973.

In the spring semester 2005, he held the Nomura Distinguished Visiting Professorship in International Financial Systems at the Harvard Law School. In 1999-2001 he held the Vice Chancellor’s Distinguished University Professor of Law at the University of Hong Kong, where he helped co-found the Asian Institute of International Financial Law, of which he remains the Chair of the Academic Advisory Board.  He also currently holds Visiting University Professorships at the Peking University Law Faculty and the Shanghai University of Finance and Economics. He previously has held a chaired Visiting Professorship at the Banking Law Center, University of Johannesburg (RAU) South Africa; a Visiting Professorial Fellowship at the Mandela Institute, Wits University, Johannesburg; and a Professorial Fellowship in Financial Law and Institutions at the British Institute of International and Comparative Law (London). In addition, he held a Visiting Professorship position at the University of Muenster Law Faculty for eight years, and he was a Visiting Professor at Soochow University Law Faculty, Taipei.

He was the Editor-in-Chief on the International Lawyer journal for 14 years; and he is currently Editor-in-Chief of the Law and Business Review of the Americas. He is General Editor of three major international book series; and he sits on the Advisory Boards of five international journals.

In September 2001, he was honored with an LLD degree from the University of Stockholm in recognition of such accomplishments; and in 2005, he was awarded an earned LLD degree from the University of London for his writings from 1996-2001. He also holds a DPhil. (Law) degree in international banking from Oxford University, and an SJD in international and European Community law from the University of Michigan Law School. He has published over 50 books and 150 articles on related subjects; and he has lectured on banking and finance law, international business law, financial sector reform, and corporate/enterprise governance issues worldwide. He has practical experience with international and domestic (US) banking and capital markets transactions; international financial regulatory matters; bank, corporate and asset restructuring; asset securitization; and enterprise governance respecting small, medium-sized, “publicly-held”, and multinational enterprises.

He has consulted with a broad range of governmental and intergovernmental authorities worldwide, including, the World Bank, the IMF, the EBRD, the Korean Government, SADC, the FDIC, the Bank of Thailand, the Bank of England, and the Czech, Estonian and Mauritian banking authorities. He has also served as a member of the World Bank/IMF Core Consultative Group on their Bank Insolvency Initiative and of the London Financial Law Panel; and is on the Banking Panel of CIETAC (China). He also has served as an academic consultant to the Latin American Association of Bank Supervisors and to the International Association of Deposit Insurers, and was an advisor with respect to the Thai, Korean and Indonesian financial crises in the mid 1990s. He has successfully supervised over 40 PHD (Law) students over the past three decades.

He is an elected member of the American Law Institute, of the American College of Commercial Lawyers, and of the International Academy of Commercial and Consumer Law; and he holds the Martindale Hubbell AV (highest professional lawyer) rating. He was a corporate/banking partner (director) of a major Texas law firm and has served as a consultant to several other major Texas law firms, two of which at their London offices; and he has served as a member of the ABA and Texas Banking Committees, as a Council member of the ABA’s International Law and Practice Section, and as a member of the UK/ICC Banking Committee.

He is founder and Director of SMU’s Institute of International Banking and Finance and of the reactivated SMU Law Institute of the Americas; and for ten years was the Director of SMU’s annual Institutes of Banking Law, Commercial Lending and Finance, and of Lender Liability and for four years of the SMU’s Bankruptcy Law Institute. He is a member of the Advisory Board to the Tower Center for Political Studies at SMU. His current research interests concern global and US financial sector reform, the reform of international economic and financial institutions/arrangements, comparative and global corporate governance issues, and inadvertent liabilities in enterprise relationships.




  • Law, Culture and Economic Development: A Liber Amicorum for Professor Roberto MacLean, (British Institute of International and Comparative Law) (2007) (co-editor)
  • A Suggested First Step for Moving Toward a ‘Next Generation’ of Viable and Effective Long – Term Financial Sector Legal Reform: Taking Stock of the ‘First Generation’ of Reform, (Monograph in World Bank (LVP) Series on Legal and Judicial Reform) (2007)
  • Corporate Governance Post - Enron: Comparative and International Perspectives (Volume 7) Studies Series in International Financial, Economic And Technology Law (British Institute of International and Comparative Law) (2006) (editor).


  • Personal Tribute to Professor John H. Jackson, 19(2) Oxford J Int. Economic l 407 (2016).
  • Reflections on ‘In the Best Interest of the Corporation and ‘Corporate Social Responsibility’: An Essay Honouring the Memory of Professor Alan R. Bromberg, 68 SMU L. Rev. No 3, 603-616 (2015)
  • NIFA-II or ‘Bretton Woods II?: The G-20 (Leaders) summit process on managing global financial markets and the world economy-quo vadis?,  12 Journal of Banking Regulation 1-41(2010-2011)
  • The Santiago Principles and the IWG for Sovereign Wealth Funds: Evolving Components of the New Bretton Woods II Post- Global Financial Crisis, 29 Banking and Finance Law Review  1-34  (2010)
  • The Santiago Principles for Sovereign Wealth Funds: A Case Study on International Financial Standard-Setting, 13:3 Oxford Journal of International Economic Law 1-19 (2010)
  • Multinational Companies: of Institutional Spheres of Influence, Corporate Social Responsibility and Meaningful Financial Sector Law Reform for Developing Countries, 20 European Business Law Review 1-62 (2009)
  • Building a Framework to Address Failure of Complex Global Financial Institutions, 39 Hong Kong Law Journal 95-128 (2009) (co-authored)
  • Developing Transnational Network(s) in the Area of International Financial Regulation: The Underpinnings of the New Bretton Woods II Global Financial System Framework, 43 International Lawyer 175-204 (2009)
  • Banking Law Reform and Users-Consumers in Developing Economies: The Critical, Foundational Issue – Creating a Viable (i.e., Accessible and Equitable) Consumer Base from the “Excluded”, 42 Texas International Law Journal 789-818 (2007)
  • Law, Culture and Economic Development: The Provision of Banking And Financial Services in the FTAA Area: Rationalizing The Divergent ‘Cultures of Negotiation’, 18:2 European Business Law Review 265-312 (2007) (co-authored)
  • An Interim Filling the Gap in Multilateral, Regional and Domestic Hard Law Deficiencies Respecting Financial Services in the Americas, 12 Law and Business Review of the Americas 153-178 (2006).

Book Chapters

  • “Architecture and Conceptual Issues”, Chapter 6 in International Law in Financial Regulation and Monetary Affairs (Oxford Univ.Press, Profs T. Cottier, J.H. Jackson and R. Lastra) (2013), pp. 113-133
  • “Evaluating International Financial Crisis Response Mechanisms”, chapter in Crisis Management and the Use of Government Guarantees by D. Arner & J. Norton, (OECD/Palsgrave-MacMillan, 2013 publications ) (23 printed pages)
  • International Responses to the Global Financial Crisis, in Financial Crisis Management (Limited Liability Partnership Press/Informa) (2009) (co-authored)
  • CSR and the Harmony of World Development, in Studies on Corporate Social Responsibility (University of Peking Economic Studies Series, Peking University Press) (2009)
  • Corporate Social Responsibility, the MNC and China, in Proceedings on Beijing Forum - 2008 - The Harmony of Civilizations and Prosperity for All - Diversity in the Development of Human Civilization (Chinese) (University of Peking) (2008)
  • Law, Social Justice, Economic Development and Modern Financial Sector Reform, in MacLean Liber Amicorum, supra (2007)
  • The De Facto and ‘Soft Law’ Financial Services Integration Processes Within the Western Hemisphere, in Festchrift fur Professor Dr. Norbert Horn (Verlag) (2006).