Chinese Corporate Law and Securities

Subject LAWS70408 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 7 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2016.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: The total class time is between 24 and 26 hours.
Total Time Commitment:

The pre-teaching period commences four weeks before the subject commencement date. From this time, students are expected to access and review the Reading Guide that will be available from the LMS subject page and the subject materials provided by the subject coordinator, which will be available from Melbourne Law School. Refer to the Reading Guide for confirmation of which resources need to be read and what other preparation is required before the teaching period commences.

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge:

Applicants without legal qualifications should note that subjects are offered in the discipline of law at an advanced graduate level. While every effort will be made to meet the needs of students trained in other fields, concessions will not be made in the general level of instruction or assessment. Most subjects assume the knowledge usually acquired in a degree in law (LLB, JD or equivalent). Applicants should note that admission to some subjects in the Melbourne Law Masters will be dependent upon the individual applicant’s educational background and professional experience.

Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

The Melbourne Law Masters welcomes applications from students with disabilities. The inherent academic requirements for study in the Melbourne Law Masters are:

  • The ability to attend a minimum of 75% of classes and actively engage in the analysis and critique of complex materials and debate;
  • The ability to read, analyse and comprehend complex written legal materials and complex interdisciplinary materials;
  • The ability to clearly and independently communicate in writing a knowledge and application of legal principles and interdisciplinary materials and to critically evaluate these;
  • The ability to clearly and independently communicate orally a knowledge and application of legal principles and interdisciplinary materials and critically evaluate these;
  • The ability to work independently and as a part of a group;
  • The ability to present orally and in writing legal analysis to a professional standard.

Students who feel their disability will inhibit them from meeting these inherent academic requirements are encouraged to contact the Disability Liaison Unit:


For more information:

Phone: +61 3 8344 6190

Subject Overview:

Given the increasingly strong economic tie between Australia and China, there is an ever-growing need to have an advanced knowledge of Chinese laws, in particular those concerning the company and securities market.

This specialist subject is designed to provide students with an opportunity to study key issues of Chinese corporate and securities laws in greater depth than is often the case in the typical introductory Chinese law course. To this end, it examines not only the law on the books but also the law in action, as well as recent developments in the area.

This subject is developed and delivered on the basis of the expertise of Dr (Robin) Hui Huang, who is one of the well-respected scholars in corporate and securities law with a particular focus on Chinese issues at the international level. It is a highly valuable subject for students intending to do business and invest in China.

Principal topics will include:

  • Introduction (providing background information about China and the Chinese legal system)
  • Chinese financial markets and regulatory framework
  • Incorporation and corporate personality (including foreign investment enterprises)
  • Corporate governance issues
  • Fundraising and disclosure regime
  • Market misconduct
  • Takeover of listed companies
  • Cross-border merger and acquisition.
Learning Outcomes:

A student who has successfully completed this subject will:

  • Demonstrate a deep understanding of the Chinese company law and securities law relevant to the topics covered in the subject;
  • make use of rules and regulations issues by the regulatory bodies when assessing the state of the law;
  • identify and analyze the legal issues that typically arise in the subject area;
  • evaluate legal rules in this area from a comparative perspective.

10,000 word research paper (100%) on a topic approved by the subject coordinator

Prescribed Texts:

Core subject materials will be provided free of charge to all students. Some subjects require further texts to be purchased. Details regarding any prescribed texts will be provided prior to the commencement of the subject.

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Links to further information:

This subject has a quota of 30 students. Please refer to the website for further information about the management of subject quotas and waitlists.

Related Course(s): Graduate Diploma in Asian Law
Graduate Diploma in Corporations and Securities Law
Graduate Diploma in Legal Studies
Master of Commercial Law
Master of Laws
Master of Public and International Law

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