The 2012 Chinese Law Summer Program at Renmin will focus on the legal aspects of China’s evolving market-based economy and the growing opportunities for foreign trade and investment in China. Instruction will be presented within the broader context of China’s legal institutions, including China’s political and constitutional structures, its lawyering system and its dispute resolution mechanisms.
The curriculum consists of instruction in 10 topic areas:
- Overview of the Chinese Legal System. This course is taught by Professor Zhu Jingwen. The course identifies the organization of China’s legal system and governmental institutions. It also examines the relationship between the two at the national, provincial, and municipal levels.
- Lawyering System of China. This course is taught by Professor He Jiahong. The course examines the body of law that governs China’s lawyers—China’s Lawyer’s Law—and the regulation of foreign law firms that seek to practice law in China. It also considers the social and traditional factors that resist the development of a litigious society.
- Constitutional Law of China. This course is taught by Professor Zhu Jingwen. The course focuses on China’s constitutional foundations, particularly those at the intersections of governmental power and individual rights. It also considers the laws applicable to the autonomous regions, such as Hong Kong and Macau, and to minority populations.
- Intellectual Property Law of China. This course is taught by Professor Guo Shoukang. The course surveys China’s patent law, trademark law, copyright law, and aspects of technology transfer. It also identifies the roots of China’s IP law in German law and considers contemporary issues relating to protection of intellectual property rights and compliance with international standards.
- Foreign Trade with China. This course is taught by Professor Guo Shoukang. The course evaluates China’s foreign trade policies. It also examines changes China has made in its foreign trade law and practices to comply with the requirements imposed by membership in the World Trade Organization and other international conventions.
- Foreign Investment and Joint Ventures in China. This course is taught by Professor Zhao Xiuwen. The course describes and compares equity joint ventures, cooperative enterprises, wholly foreign-owned enterprises, foreign-invested joint stock companies, and holding companies. Through progressive changes in law governing these investment vehicles, it is possible to follow China’s need for and openness to foreign capital.
- Labor Law and Labor Arbitration Law of China. This course is taught by Professor Ding Xiangshun. The course examines the evolution of China’s laws and policies with regard to job security, entrepreneurship, and worker’s rights. It also examines laws pertaining to organized labor and the resolution of labor-related disputes.
- Company Law of China. This course is taught by Professor Yin Li. This course assesses the impact of China’s restructuring of state-owned enterprises and the privatization of corporate structures pursuant to China’s Company Law. It also considers the roles and responsibilities of officers and directors in private companies.
- Arbitrating Disputes with Chinese Entities. This course is taught by Professor Zhao Xiuwen. The course examines Chinese attitudes toward dispute resolution, the role of arbitration in the resolution of international disputes in China. It also considers the jurisdiction of the China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission, the largest and most influential arbitration organization in China and one of the most recognized in the world.
- Contract Law of China. This course is taught by Professor Zhang Xinbao. The course surveys China’s new law of contract and commercial transactions. It also addresses the application of that law to both domestic and foreign entities doing business in China.