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Law and Society in China

Organiser:

Finnish China Law Center, Faculty of Law, University of Helsinki

 

Related Degree Programmes:

Master’s Programme in International Business Law, Master of International and Comparative Law

Dates:

8.-18.8.2017

Prices:

690-990 EUR Learn more

Credits:

5 ECTS

Coordinator:

Zhang Yihong

Law and Society in China

Target students

This course is designed to give students practical knowledge about the Chinese legal system. The course is suitable for both law students and students from related disciplines, such as Asian studies, economic sciences, political science and social sciences. Students both with and without prior legal knowledge and study of China are invited to enroll.

Synopsis

This Helsinki Summer School course examines core issues in Chinese law and society. The aim of this introductory course is to provide students with a foundation of the legal system of the People’s Republic of China. Students will learn about Chinese legal institutions, society and governance. By attending lectures given by Chinese law experts and discussing selected papers, students will examine how law is functioning in modern China.

Each session will cover a particular topic in an area of Chinese law. Topics to be covered in the course include the sources of law, the roles of the judiciary and other legal institutions, legal reforms, and the development of company law, labour law, criminal law, civil society and human rights in China.

Students will be required to attend teaching sessions, complete required reading and participate in class discussions.

Learning objectives

After completing the course, students will
•have become familiar with current scholarship on Chinese law and society;
•understand the role of law in Chinese society and Chinese legal tradition;
•have gained a general knowledge of important branches of Chinese law, including constitutional law, company law, labour law and foreign investment law, civil society and human rights, etc.

Course format and teaching methods

The course combines lectures by Chinese and European experts, group work and student presentations. Students will have interactive discussions with lecturers and classmates, on the basis of lectures and pre-class reading.

Means and criteria of assessment

Grading scale: 5 = excellent 4 = very good 3 = good 2 = average 1 = poor 0 = fail.

Assessment will be based on: class participation, including group presentation and discussion (30%) + learning diary of pre-class reading and lectures (70%).

Course Schedule

Location: City Centre Campus

Monday August 7, 2017 
Arrival in Helsinki

Tuesday August 8, 2017 
HSS Opening ceremony & Welcome Party (afternoon)

Wednesday August 9 2017
10:00 – 11:30 Session 1: Introduction

Thursday August 10, 2017
10:00 – 11:30 Session 2: Constitution

Friday August 11, 2017
10:00 – 11:30 Session 3: Criminal Justice System

Monday August 14, 2017
10:00 – 11:30 Session 4: Globalization and Law (1)

Tuesday August 15, 2017
09:00 – 10:30 Session 5: Globalization and Law (2)
14:00 – 15:30 Session 6: Globalization and Law (3)

Wednesday August 16, 2017
09:00 – 10:30 Session 7: Chinese Company Law (1)
14:00 – 15:30 Session 8: Chinese Company Law (2)

Thursday August 17, 2017
10:00 – 11:30 Session 9: Chinese Securities Regulation

Friday August 18, 2017
10:00 – 11:00 Session 10: Foreign Investment Law
11:00 – 12:00 Feedback & farewell

 

Lecturers:
(TBC)
Xi Chao (Professor, Outstanding Fellow of the Faculty of Law, The Chinese University of Hong Kong)
Eva Pils (Reader in Transnational Law at King’s College London Dickson Poon School of Law)
Flora Sapio (Visiting Research Fellow. Centre on China in the World. Australia National University)
Yihong Zhang (Postdoc researcher, UH)

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