Course Description/Aims and Objectives: The course aims to introduce students to some of the major areas of the current Chinese legal system and traces their historical and political backgrounds. Major areas covered are constitutional, civil, commercial, administrative and criminal laws, as well as the court system and the legislative process. The Basic Law will be examined in relation to its provisions and its significance to Hong Kong after the change of sovereignty in July 1997.
Tutorial sessions will discuss critically key aspects of the current Chinese legal system development and their relation to current issues of domestic and international politics. Tutorials may include short presentations, online preparation and/or online follow-up discussions, and discussions of additional readings.
Students will have to write an essay to demonstrate their understanding of the structure of the current Chinese legal system. The emphasis will be on a critical reflection of these issues in relation to contemporary political debate. The essay topic(s) will be based on students’ critical discussions in the tutorials.
References: Chen, Albert HY., An introduction to the Legal System of the People’s Republic of China. Butterworths, 2004.
Dobinson, Ian and Derek Roebuck., Introduction to Law in the Hong Kong SAR. Sweet & Maxwell, 2004
Wang, Kui Hua., Chinese Commerical Law. Oxford, 2002.
Syllabus prepared by: Ching Yin CHOW / September 2010