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LAWS6852: Doing Business in China

2022 unit information

This unit aims to provide an introduction to the legal and practical aspects of doing business in China. The unit will commence with an overview of the Chinese legal, political and economic system and will then move on to an examination of the system of commercial regulation in China, including contracts, land use, regulation of private and state-owned businesses and Chinese companies and securities laws. The unit will focus on Chinese contract law and the foreign investment regime and the related structuring and regulatory issues related to foreign participation in the Chinese market. Areas covered will discuss the principal issues relating to the establishment of a corporate or other presence in China and the related negotiation process. The unit will conclude with an examination of methods of resolution of disputes arising under contracts entered into in China. More specialized topics which may be covered include intellectual property, labour law, regulation of financial institutions and Chinese investment overseas.

Unit details and rules

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Code LAWS6852
Academic unit Law
Credit points 6
Assumed knowledge:
Students who do not hold a law degree from a common or civil law jurisdiction must either have completed or be concurrently enrolled in LAWS6252 Legal Reasoning and the Common Law System before enrolling in this unit

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. Demonstrate a reasonable understanding of the structure and content of the Chinese legal system and its application to investment and other forms of participation in the Chinese trading system, and the ability to apply and continue to develop the expertise gained in the course.
  • LO2. Demonstrate an understanding of the major issues involved in choosing a method of entering into business transactions in China and the primary legal and practical issues arising when doing business in China and with Chinese companies.
  • LO3. Demonstrate some understanding of how to conduct research in the area of Chinese law, including, through the use of problem questions and scenarios in the course, the ability to respond effectively and creatively to issues that arise in relation to business in China and with Chinese companies.
  • LO4. Demonstrate an understanding of the interaction of legal and non-legal issues in the context of Chinese law and the ability to work effectively in applying this understanding.
  • LO5. Demonstrate a reasonable proficiency in advising how certain core aspects of Chinese law apply to fact situations.
  • LO6. Demonstrate an understanding of ethical and professional issues that may arise for Australian and overseas investors in the context of overseas operations, and the ability to advise effectively on these issues.

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Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Intensive September 2020
Block mode Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Semester 1b 2022
Block mode Remote

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Additional advice

Academic Profile: The unit is also available on a Continuing Professional Development basis