1 x 26-hour lecture per semester
1 x 5-hour excursion per semester
1 36 units of first level topics
2 LLAW2212 - The Constitution and the Australian Federation [International / Comparative I]
Must Satisfy: (1 and 2)
Other requirements
Topic coordinator's final approval required for enrolment.
Enrolment not permitted
LEGL3100 has been successfully completed
Course context
Application form available on the Law School website from October.
Topic description
China has emerged as a major economic power over the last 20 years. What is less well known is that China has also reconstructed its legal system. This topic will introduce you to the history of China's legal system as well as the main institutions of its contemporary legal system. The topic will examine the role and structure of the court system, and the recruitment, training and role of the judiciary, procuracy and legal profession. China's law making process as well as a number of important laws including civil, criminal, administrative and constitutional laws will also be examined.
Educational aims
This topic aims to:

  • introduce the history of China's legal system
  • introduce the main institutions and laws of China's contemporary legal system
  • expose students to China's history and culture that have helped shape its laws and legal system
  • encourage students to think critically about China's legal system and to critically compare it to Australia's
  • enable students to deepen their comparative legal research skills

Expected learning outcomes
On completing this topic students will:

  • be able to explain the main features of China's legal history
  • be able to describe and analyse the key elements of China's contemporary legal institutions and laws
  • be able to compare and evaluate many of the main differences between China and Australia's legal system
  • have undertaken a research project where they deepened their comparative legal research skills