Article title The Legal Status and Role of an International Financial Organization as an Entity of Foreign Exchange Legal Relations in the Globalization Process

Ph. D., Associate Professor, Associate Professor (Docent) of the International and Europe Law Department Kyiv National Economic University named after Vadym Hetman (Kyiv, Ukraine) ORCID ID: Researcher ID:


Name of magazine Legal journal «Law of Ukraine» (Ukrainian version)
Issue 2/2020
Сторінки [244-259]

The globalization process is underway in all areas of life of the world community in general and in the area of foreign exchange relations in particular. However, the legal status and role of an international financial organization as an entity of foreign exchange legal relations, especially in the globalization context, has been insufficiently explored.

The purpose of the article is to characterize the legal status and role of an international financial organization as an entity of foreign exchange legal relations, especially with regard to globalization processes, with a view to avoiding gaps and misunderstandings in science and in law application practice.

The article examines peculiar features of the legal status of an international financial organization as an entity of foreign exchange legal relations in the globalization context. In particular, the peculiarities of legal personality of an international financial organization, and the privileges and immunities granted to these international financial institutions. The author also elaborates on some current problematic aspects of Ukraine’s cooperation with the International Monetary Fund.

Summarizing the presented material, the author notes that the treaty-making capacity of international financial organizations differs significantly from the treaty-making capacity of States, since international financial organizations are endowed with legal personality derived from legal personality of the States which they are established by. This peculiarity of the legal status of international financial organizations should be borne in mind when cooperating with them. At the same time, international financial organizations are endowed with privileges and immunities typical for international organizations, with certain specifics. Furthermore, it is in the nature of international financial organizations to a certain extent to increase the scope of legal personality enshrined in the constituent documents of these organizations, provided that member States do not object thereto, and the scope of their legal personality may also comprise “quasi-legal” and “quasi-judicial” powers. In general, it can be noted that international financial organizations, depending on their legal personality, play a vital role in the globalization processes currently underway in the world. Thus, they have contributed to the emergence of modern forms of capital export and facilitated the increase of its volumes; they played a part in the ushering of foreign exchange and financial resources to the sectors crucial for social development, at the same time minimizing the risks of cross-border capital movement; furthermore, they have a significant role to play in the process of regulation of payment balances of States, etc. Finally, the author emphasizes that there is no clear, generally accepted and generally recognized name for the term “international financial organization” in science and in Ukrainian legislation. In this regard, the author believes that the term “international foreign exchange organization” would be most consistent with the purpose, essence and legal status of these international financial structures, since this term reflects the main “weight class” in which these organizations function, i.e., currency is the exclusive mediator of all of their financial transactions.


Keywords international financial organization; international foreign exchange organization; legal status; foreign exchange legal relations; entity of foreign exchange legal relations; globalization process; legal personality of international financial organization; privileges and immunities of international financial organization


Authored books

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Edited books

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9. Zavalna Zh ta Starynskyi M, Valiutne pravo Ukrainy: navchalnyi posibnyk [Monetary Law of Ukraine: Study Guide] (Universytetska knyha 2005) (in Ukrainian).