Benjamin Geva

Toronto: 416.865.7987
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LLM, 1975
Harvard University
SJD, 1980
Harvard University
LLB (Cum Laude), 1970
Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Bar Admissions

Ontario, 1982


Benjamin Geva is a leading international legal expert on payment instruments and methods, bank deposits and collections, credit transactions and facilities, and electronic banking.

Benjamin has advised on and drafted key financial sector legislation, mostly in relation to payment and settlement systems, for the authorities of several countries, particularly, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Haiti, Serbia, Cambodia, Afghanistan, Timor-Leste and Sri Lanka. Working mainly in Canada but also in the United States and in the international arena, he has been on legislative committees and drafting working groups examining and proposing reform to payment, securities transfers and personal property security laws. Recently he acted as a Legal Agent of the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada to provide advice on implementing regulatory reforms of the Canadian payments system.


Professional Involvement

Benjamin has been a member of the faculty of Osgoode Hall Law School since 1977. He also practised at a major Canadian law firm and worked for the International Monetary Fund. Additionally, he has held these visiting positions: in the United States at the University of Chicago, the University of Illinois, the University of Utah and Northwestern University as well as in the summer program of Duke university in Hong Kong; in Israel at Tel Aviv University; in Australia at Monash, Deakin, Melbourne and Sydney universities; in Singapore at the National University of Singapore; in Germany at the University of Hamburg; and in France at the faculté de droit et de science politique d'Aix-Marseille. Benjamin has been a visitor at the law faculties of Oxford and Cambridge universities in England and at Max-Planck Institute for Comparative and Private International Law in Hamburg, Germany, as well as a Senior Global Research Fellow at the Hauser Global Visitors Program of New York University School of Law. He has written extensively on payment laws, including a treatise on the law of electronic funds transfers and comparative law book on bank collections and payment transactions, and most recently an article on digital cash and virtual currencies.

He is the founding editor of the Banking and Finance Law Review (BFLR); a member of the Committee on International Monetary Law of the International Law Association (MOCOMILA); Canadian Overseas Editor for the Journal of Banking and Finance: Law and Practice, (Australia); Member of the International Academy of Commercial and Consumer Law; and a member of the Academic Advisory Board and External Professional Fellow of the Asian Institute of International Financial Law of the University of Hong Kong Law Faculty. He was a member of the Regulatory Advisory Group to the Task Force for the Payments System Review, providing advice on regulatory and legal issues related to the payments industry in Canada in 2011.

Other Publications

Benjamin is the founding editor-in-chief of the Banking and Finance Law Review (BFLR) and the author of a treatise, The Law of Electronic Funds Transfer, New York: Matthew Bender, 1992 (annually updated); a comparative law text, Bank Collections and Payment Transactions, Oxford: OUP, 2001; and a legal history monograph, The Payment Order of Antiquity and the Middle Ages, Oxford and Portland Oregon: Hart, 2011.