LAW AND DEVELOPMENT IN CHINA
2009/2010, Semester 2
Modular Credits: LL4125 ( 4 ) / LL5125 ( 4 ) / LL6125 ( 4 )
In this course we will examine legal reforms in China from a comparative law and development perspective and in a multi-disciplinary context. In particular, it discusses the role of law in China's economic and political development, focusing on both theoretical and practice issues in China's effort to implement rule of law. It will cover both institutional reforms and particular areas of law, including economic regulation and business law, foreign trade and investment law, political reform and constitutional development, and China's position on certain international law issues. Particular attention will be paid to the way law actually operates in practice, rather than simply examining rules and regulations as they appear on the books.
3-Hour continuous weekly seminar.
This course will cover the following topics to examine the role of law and legal institutions in China's economic and political development:
Introduction: law and development theories, and China as a developmental state
Chinese legal system and legal traditions
Rule and role of law theories on China's development
Law and political reform in China: democracy and constitutionalism
The judiciary and judicial reform in China
The role of lawyers in China
State and business: the emergence of private law (civil law, contract law and property law)
State and business: regulation of foreign trade and investment
State and business: corporate law and ownership transformation in China
State and business: the PRC Anti-Monopoly Law
Law and rights protection
Summary and conclusions
Assessment of this course consists of two components:
Class participation: 20% of the final marks
A written assignment in the form of a research paper: 80% of the final marks.
: Students may choose their own topics for the written assignment, but must seek and obtain the lecturer's approval of the topic before
20 March 2010
. This will leave them one month to complete the assignment. The assignment must be submitted through IVLE at or before
12pm, 16 April 2010
Late submission will be considered as failing to take the examination and no extension of the deadline will be granted.