JJUA55268U China and International Business Law

Volume 2021/2022

The goal of the course is to provide students with a theoretical understanding and practical perspective of the Chinese legal system, China’s transition and its implications for international business. Despite of Chinese long history, the modern Chinese legal system can be attributed to transplantation from Western laws, but with unique Chinese characteristics as a result of development and transformation of society, economy, politics and culture. 


The course will emphasis the understanding of Chinese legal system and Chinese legal culture from a Nordic (European) perspective. As the world's second largest economy, China remains the largest trade partner in Asia for Denmark, it is of importance to explore the growing impact of the mutual economic activities such as trade and investment between China and Denmark (Europe) from a legal perspective. Besides, the latest development of e-commerce and artificial intelligence in a digital age in China will be integrated into the course. 


The course will provide cutting-edge fields of legal studies and research in China, in order to help students who would like to work on comparative legal research related to China. It will also be useful for students who are interested in doing business with Chinese enterprises to have some practical understandings of the modern Chinese legal system and legal culture.


Any students who have completed the BA programme and who are interested in Chinese legal system and Chinese legal culture be encouraged to select this course.

Learning Outcome

The course aims at providing students with a theoretical and practical understanding of international business law and legal themes related to business and economic affairs in China and the EU.


Students should gain knowledge on:

  • basic understanding of Chinese legal tradition and legal culture with a comparison to Western legal culture and tradition;
  • understanding of transformation of Chinese law and development of a socialist market-economy in the Chinese context;
  • business negotiation, business rules and cultural aspects in the Chinese business community;
  • latest development of Emission Trading Systems in the EU and China; 
  • latest development of regulation of digital platforms and e-commerce in the China and the EU. 


Students should gain skills:

  • to develop ability to analyze complex economic and legal issues relevant to China in the global economy;
  • to make the use of Chinese legal system and culture in business negotiation with Chinese partners;
  • to apply and evaluate primary and secondary sources to cope with actual issues of Chinese law.   


Students should gain competences:

  • to describe legal problems and issues in Chinese law;
  • to conduct comparative legal research between Chinese perspective and European perspective; 
  • to evaluate the major means of dispute resolution in China;
  • to carry out legal professional activities related to China. 

Readings will be consisting of mandatory and optional readings (about 750 pages). Articles, book chapters, cases and internal reports will be provided.

The reading materials will be posted in the Absalon. 


Appropriate level of written and spoken English is required
Lectures, student group presentations, interactive discussion among students and between lecturers and students, and study visits.
Guest lecturers will be invited to give talks in class.
  • Category
  • Hours
  • Preparation
  • 356,5
  • Seminar
  • 56
  • Total
  • 412,5
Continuous feedback during the course of the semester
Feedback by final exam (In addition to the grade)
Peer feedback (Students give each other feedback)
Type of assessment
Oral examination, 20 min.
Oral exam based on synopsis, 20 minutes
Exam registration requirements

In order to attend the oral examination, it is a prerequisite to hand in the synopsis before the specified deadline. The deadline is agreed upon with the course lecturer.

Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
External censorship
Exam period

week 50, 2021 - Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday


week 4, 2022 - Wednesday, Thursday, Friday