Cancelled China and International Business Law

Course content

The goal of the course is to provide students with a theoretical understanding and a practical perspective of international business law, with a focus on the role of China's trade and investment policies and practice from a European perspective. As the world's second largest economy, China remains the largest trade partner of the EU; it is of importance to explore the growing impact of the mutual economic activities enabling the digital and green transition in China and the EU from a comparative perspective.


The course will mainly focus on three aspects:

1.  Basic concept of Chinese law and international business law, latest development of EU-China Comprehensive Agreement on Investment, China’s Belt and Road Innitiative (BRI) investment and sustainability policies, and China’s trade practice at the World Trade Organization;

2.  A Sino-European perspective is to be applied to analyze regulation of the global carbon market and investment opportunities in the two largest carbon markets towards low carbon societies;  

3.   Latest development of digital platforms and data compliance regulations in China and its implications for the EU in the business context.  


The course will provide cutting-edge fields of legal studies and research in carbon and digital markets in China and the EU, in order to help students who would like to work in such fields in global markets. It will also be useful for students to gain hands-on experience in doing business with China, and to have practical understandings of the modern Chinese legal system and legal culture.


Any students who are interested in China and international business law, global carbon market, data compliance and regulation of digital transactions in China are 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 in 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;
  • China’s strategy and policies for international investments, including the energy sector and sustainability demands;
  • latest development of regulations on the global carbon market including the EU and China; 
  • latest development of data compliance regulations and e-commerce regulations in China, with a focus on implications of Personal Information Protection Law and Data Security Law in the business context.    


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. 

Lectures, student group presentations, interactive discussion and in-class exercises, and study visits to public institutions and/or private firms.
Guest lecturers from international/public organizations, companies, and law firms will be invited to give talks in class.

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. 


It is illegal to share digital textbooks with each other without permission from the copyright holder.

Commercial awareness skills, Excellent communication skills, Organizational and planning skills

The course is fully embedded in the agenda of the research group SHIELD (Study Hub for International Economic Law and Development) and iCourts at the Faculty of Law. It is offered in direct connection with the S. C Van Foundation Research project.

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.
Type of assessment details
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

Single subject courses (day)

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Preparation
  • 356,5
  • Seminar
  • 56
  • English
  • 412,5


Course number
Programme level
Full Degree Master
Full Degree Master choice

1 semester

  1. Students enrolled at Faculty of Law or holding a pre-approval: No tuition fee
  2. Professionals: Please visit our website  
Please see timetable for teaching time
Contracting department
  • Law
Contracting faculty
  • Faculty of Law
Course Coordinator
  • Wen Xiang   (9-7b6972327c6d65726b446e7976326f7932686f)
Saved on the 24-07-2023

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