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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 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.
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 should be able to:
- Examine and interpret the law and regulatory environment as applied to construction projects in the People's Republic of China, Taiwan, Hong Kong SAR, Singapore and South Korea,
- Appraise the relative size, sophistication, importance and operation of the construction sectors in these jurisdictions,
- Analyse the nature and characterics of standard forms of contract and apply the principles for construction contract planning, tendering, awarding and administration,
- Critically reflect upon recent representative project experiences and future prospects,
- Survey and recommend methods of project evaluation in current use,
- Identify notable challenges to construction contracting and project development and conceptually recognise critical success factors for construction projects, including the lessons to be derived from global connectedness into the region.
Last updated: 10 November 2023