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In recent decades, China has become an active participant in, and even a leader of, the international economic law system. It joined the World Trade Organization and has negotiated numerous trade agreements and investment treaties. In both trade and investment, China has been a party to many disputes, and plays an important role in broader issues of global economic governance. In the domestic arena, it has become a leading practitioner of "trade remedies"; its agricultural and industrial sectors, and related policies, have become similar to those of Western countries; and its intellectual property and antitrust regimes have become more sophisticated.
This course focuses on the nature and evolution of China's involvement in the international economic law system. It covers the following subjects: trade in goods, trade in services, intellectual property, trade remedies, government procurement, foreign investment into and by China, investment protection, treaty negotiations, disputes, and institutional issues.
Principal topics include:
- History of China's international economic relations
- China's WTO Accession
- Tariff and non-tariff barriers
- Intellectual property
- Trade in services
- Trade remedies: Anti-dumping, subsidies and countervailing duties, and safeguards
- Government procurement
- Foreign investment in China
- Trade and investment negotiations
- Trade and investment disputes
- China's role in WTO governance
- Participation in other international economic institutions
- China's domestic trade institutions
Intended learning outcomes
A student who has successfully completed this subject will:
- Have an advanced and integrated understanding of how trade and investment law are made and enforced in and by China
- Be able to critically examine, analyse, interpret and assess legal issues related to trade and investment law in China
- Understand and be able to engage with contemporary and controversial issues relating to Chinese trade and investment law
- Have the cognitive and technical skill to independently examine, research and analyse complex legal issues relating to various aspects of trade and investment in China
- Have the communication skills to clearly articulate and convey complex information regarding various aspects of the trade and investment law to relevant specialist and non-specialist audiences.
Last updated: 11 February 2021