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Run in Beijing in conjunction with Tsinghua University Law School, this course provides an introduction to the legal system of the People's Republic of China. Emphasis is placed on modern developments in China’s commercial law, international business and economic law, and other important legal areas.

China opened up its economy to market forces only in the late 1970s. When it did so, law and the legal system lost the pariah status they had been given during the Proletarian Cultural Revolution. The course examines the role law plays in modern China by reference to its historical antecedents. It looks at particular areas of development, not only for their own sake, but also as indicators of the changing role of law in Chinese society. Areas that are the subject of particular attention include: elements and institutions of the Chinese legal system; the role of law in Chinese society from the perspectives of legal history and philosophy; contract law; intellectual property law; foreign investment law; corporate and securities law; foreign trade law; and mediation, arbitration and civil enforcement procedures.

In addition to classroom teaching, there will be field trips to Chinese legal institutions, such as a Chinese court, the Supreme People's Procuratorate, an arbitration commission, and/or a Chinese law firm.

Main Topics

  • Chinese Society and Chinese Law
  • Introduction to Chinese Business Law
  • Chinese Civil Procedure
  • Chinese Company Law
  • International & Chinese Intellectual Property Law
  • Chinese Securities Law
  • Chinese Banking Law
Faculty Faculty of Law
Study Level


Offering Terms

Term 2



Indicative contact hours


Conditions for Enrolment

Prerequisite:Academic Program must be either 9200 or 9201 or 9231.

Course Outline

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