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Construction Law and Projects in Asia (LAWS90014)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2018
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeLAWS90014
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This subject provides a detailed overview of construction law, projects and practice in five representative Asian jurisdictions: the People’s Republic of China, Taiwan, Hong Kong SAR, Singapore and South Korea. Through detailed explanation, analysis and case studies, students will gain an integrated and advanced understanding of the key features of each jurisdiction, both in isolation and in a comparative context. Students will develop their capacity to operate and advise in and across these jurisdictions as well as deriving lessons for application in their home jurisdiction.

Dr Arthur McInnis is the principal subject lecturer. He is the former head of the Construction Practice Group at Clifford Chance in Hong Kong. He has published extensively and lectured widely on construction topics throughout Asia

The subject provides a detailed introduction to construction law, projects and practice in five Asian jurisdictions, with reference to:

  • The size and importance of opportunities and trends in their construction sectors
  • Their key legal and regulatory frameworks, tender practices and project management norms
  • The principal standard forms of contract in use
  • Recent build-own-transfer, build-lease-transfer and design-build-finance-operate projects, and planned public-private partnerships in economic and social infrastructure
  • Their resource management, financing, innovation and competitiveness on a comparative basis in the development of their construction sectors in the wider Australasian building and projects market
  • Detailed case studies on construction, currently planned to include: the Beijing Metro No 4 Line and Mass Transit Railway (MTR) international projects; planning, financing, construction and appraisal of the Anhwa school project in Korea; recent NEC-procured pilot projects in Hong Kong; tendering, construction, operation and issues surrounding the Taiwan High Speed Rail project; and tendering, financing, construction and operation of the Singapore Sports Hub.

Intended learning outcomes

A student who has successfully completed this subject will be able to demonstrate an advanced and integrated understanding, in respect of the People’s Republic of China, Taiwan, Hong Kong SAR, Singapore and South Korea, of:

  • The law and regulatory environment as applied to construction projects
  • The relative size, sophistication, importance and operation of their construction sectors
  • The nature and characteristics of the standard forms of contract in use
  • The relevant principles for planning for, and tendering, award and administration of, construction contracts
  • Recent representative project experience and future prospects
  • Select methods of project evaluation in current use
  • Notable challenges to construction contracting and project development
  • Critical success factors for construction projects, as well as recognising global connectedness into the region with Australasia and the lessons to be derived from such connections.

Last updated: 29 March 2019