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Unit Overview


This is a compulsory unit of the Graduate Diploma in Chinese Business Law (20390). It provides students with (1) a comprehensive discussion of trade related laws and/or issues in cross-border trading/transactions between China and Australia; (2) an overall discussion of China–Australia economic relations; and (3) may include a discussion of various key issues such as dispute resolution and CHAFTA.

This unit is specifically designed for those who are interested in understanding cross-border transactions, investments and legal issues concerning China and Australia.

6 points

Students are able to (1) demonstrate an integrated knowledge of the problems existing in China–Australia transactions and investment in key industries; (2) demonstrate an integrated knowledge of the ethical issues and risk inherent in cross-border transactions, and advise clients accordingly in an ethical and professional manner; (3) develop skills relevant to dispute resolution and other skills important to China–Australia cross-border negotiations; (4) contextually evaluate the changing future of China–Australia economic relations; (5) enhance their ability to work in a group and conduct independent research; (6) develop unique practical skills in interacting with China and engaging Chinese clients on issues of trade; (7) enhance their ability to work in a group and conduct independent research; and (8) organise and structure time and resources in the efficient pursuit of academic excellence and skill building.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) presentations and (2) research paper. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Ken Shao
Contact hours
Students must attend every day of the intensive period Saturday 14 to Tuesday 17 July. Refer to the timetable website for exact times and locations.
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  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.