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Georgia Law Summer Program in China - Curriculum

Introduction to the Chinese Legal System                    

(1 credit) taught by Professor Yu Lingyun and faculty of Tsinghua University School of Law, Beijing, China.

This course examines the basic legal framework and institutions of the Chinese legal system in the context of China’s socialist market economy and its rapidly evolving society. Students gain an overview of key developments in Chinese legal history and insight into the hierarchy of laws in the Chinese system. Additional topics include Chinese constitutional law, administrative and procedural law, as well as the Chinese practice of international law.


Introduction to Chinese Commercial Law

(1 credit) taught by Professor Geng Lin and faculty of Tsinghua University School of Law (Beijing) and Professor Xu Xiaobing and faculty of Shanghai Jiao Tong University Koguan Law School.

This course aims to provide an introduction to aspects of modern Chinese commercial law that are important for international practitioners to understand and challenges faced by multinational companies in China.  Topics include company law (including corporate and antitrust law) and general principles of civil law (including contracts, torts, and property law). In addition, the course will focus on intellectual property law, foreign direct investment law, and international arbitration.


U.S.-China Trade Issues under the WTO

(1 credit) taught by Ambassador C. Donald Johnson, Director, Dean Rusk Center, University of Georgia School of Law

This course examines legal issues surrounding the tremendously important bilateral trade relationship between the United States and China within the framework of their mutual obligations under the World Trade Organization (WTO). It will cover a brief history of the development of U.S.-China trade and China’s entry into the WTO. In addition, students will gain an overview of the WTO legal system and the principal agreements governing the trade relationship between the two countries. Further topics include: obligations and commitments of each country under the WTO; monitoring and enforcement actions since China’s WTO accession; as well as U.S. and Chinese domestic trade law remedies. Distinguished guest experts from Tsinghua University School of Law, the Chinese Ministry of Commerce, and the United States Embassy will enhance the educational experience.


Takings and Expropriation: A Comparative and International Look
(1 credit) taught by Assoc. Professor Christian Turner, University of Georgia School of Law
Foreign and domestic courts and international arbitral panels similarly confront the problem of regulations that deprive property owners of some value or use of their properties. We examine the similarities and differences among nations and the regimes established by trade agreements in their approach to regulatory takings and governmental expropriation.