LAWS5210 Working with China: Business in a Socio-legal Context

6 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
This unit is an interdisciplinary learning experience that offers students specific knowledge of the context shaping the development and application of the law in a very different jurisdiction. The Unit facilitates understanding of the historical,
cultural and economic background of Chinese law and its impact on China and cross-border engagements. It provides: (1) understanding of key social, cultural and economic contexts that are widely ignored or misinterpreted when discussing Chinese law and reforms; (2) details of how changes take place in important branches of Chinese laws; and (3) essential
cultural and risk management skills for advising foreign companies entering into China and for engaging Chinese clients. The unit aims to dramatically broaden students' holistic, independent and critical purview in China knowledge, which has been viewed by top-tier law firms and companies as a crucial but widely absent skill when dealing with Chinese clients.
Students are able to (1) describe major aspects of Chinese laws, including relevant legal, social and economic reforms; (2) evaluate cultural and risk management strategies in advising foreign companies doing business in
China; (3) apply communication, collaboration, thinking and research skills in China-related deals; (4) demonstrate high-level theoretical and practical understanding of how law operates in China through
lectures, independent research and group work; (5) demonstrate intellectual and practical skills to communicate to non-legal audiences with an interest in
Chinese law or business; and (6) critically analyse Chinese law and reforms to create customised and appropriate solutions for clients
doing business in China.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) presentation; (2) essay; and (3) research paper. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Ken Shao
Unit rules
for Juris Doctor (JD) students: LAWS4101 Foundations of Law and Lawyering and 30 points from: LAWS4102 Criminal Law, LAWS4103 Contract, LAWS4104 Property, LAWS4106 Torts, LAWS4107 Land Law, LAWS4108 Foundations of Public Law, LAWS5106 Legal Theory and Ethics
LAWS4109 Legal Theory and Ethics);
Contact hours
This unit will be offered fully online. Pre-reading will commence June 22nd. Interactive classes will run 6-17 July. Further information is available on LMS.
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