Master of Laws (LLM) in Chinese Business Law​

The LLM in Chinese Business Law Programme provides students with a structured course to study the principles, processes, institutions and methods of civil and commercial law in China in the context of an evolving political, economic and social environment. It is designed to enable students to develop a broad intellectual outlook on the legal aspects of doing business with China.

The LLM in Chinese Business Law (CBL) provides a structured and specialized programme of advanced study in the civil and commercial law of the PRC in the context of its socio-economic reform. We proudly offer a stimulating learning environment for you to explore and examine the legal principles, rules, processes, and institutions to acquire specialized knowledge and skills of Chinese business law. We have attracted highly qualified applicants in large numbers each year since the launch of the programme in 2006, and we are truly grateful to all our students who have significantly enriched and energized the CBL programme with their intellectual contributions and diverse experience in training. Thank you for being one of them.

We look forward to welcoming you to CUHK LAW in September!

Yours sincerely,


Professor Yuhong ZHAO
Deputy Programme Director (LLM Chinese Business Law)

Medium of instruction: English
How and when to apply: Applications for 2022 intake are now invited. You may apply through our on-line application system at the University’s Graduate School webpage.
Admission requirements:

All applicants must fulfill the General Admission Requirements and the English Language Proficiency Requirement prescribed by the University’s Graduate School.

In addition applicants must have:

  • a qualification to practise law in the jurisdiction of the student’s residence; or
  • a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree or a degree of equivalent standing; or
  • a Bachelor’s degree in a non-law subject with substantial law-related working experience.

As many areas of professional activity are related to law, we welcome applications from applicants who work in the areas of commerce, accountancy, social work, public administration, and similar relevant fields.

Applicants whose undergraduate studies were not conducted and assessed in English are required to take an appropriate English language proficiency test and achieve a sufficient score, such as a score of 570 or above in TOEFL (Paper Based Test), 88 or above in TOEFL (Internet-Based Test); Band 6.5 or better in IELTS; or equivalent. The test results must be obtained not more than two years prior to the date of applying to join the LLM Programme.

Duration:

Full-time: one year (normative study period) – two years (maximum study period).

Part-time: two years (normative study period) – three years (maximum study period).

Campus: The CUHK Graduate Law Centre, 2/F, Bank of America Tower, Central.
Programme requirements:

24 units: including 12 units of required courses and 12 units of elective courses. Students should pass all the assessments with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 in order to be recommended for graduation.

Study Sequence:

Full-time mode (1 year)

Year 1
Term One
  • Legal System and Methods in China
  • Chinese Civil Law
  • Chinese Contract Law
  • Elective
Term Two
  • Chinese Company Law
  • Elective
  • Elective
  • Elective

Part-time mode (2 years)

Year 1
Term One
  • Legal System and Methods in China
  • Chinese Civil Law
Term Two
  • Elective
  • Elective
Year 2
Term One
  • Chinese Contract Law
  • Elective
Term Two
  • Chinese Company Law
  • Elective
Delivery mode:

A 3-unit course will usually have three teaching hours per week.

Classes are held during daytime and evenings of weekdays and daytime on Saturdays.

Classes will incorporate a mix of lectures, seminars, tutorials, presentations and class discussions.

Study options:

Students may take elective courses offered in other LLM Programmes and the JD Programme offered by CUHK LAW subject to availability of places.

Course Exemptions

Additional learning &
development opportunities:

The Sir TL Yang Society

Mooting

Exchange Programmes

Tuition fees:

HK$5,880 per unit* for a total of 24 units within the normative study period.

Students will be billed at the beginning of each term based on the number of units for which they have registered. Extra fees may be charged for students studying outside the normative study period.

*subject to annual review

Further study options: Master of Philosophy in Law (MPhil) or Doctor of Philosophy in Laws (PhD)
Student housing: There is a shortage of on campus student accommodation for non-local postgraduate students. When relocating to Hong Kong students are advised they will need to rely on (readily-available) private off-campus accommodation during their studies.

Required Courses:

  • Chinese Civil Law
    • This course provides an overview of the key concepts, doctrines, and methods of contemporary Chinese civil law. With a focus on the general provisions of the Civil Code, it examines the application of civil law principles and doctrines in selected areas including personality rights, marriage and family, succession, and torts. Students will acquire a sound understanding of Chinese civil law in the socio-political and economic contexts of China since the reform era.
  • Chinese Company Law
    • The PRC Company Law was enacted to serve as a legal regime for business entities established in Mainland China in the form of companies limited by shares and joint stock companies. This course will give students an advanced understanding of the historical development of the PRC company law system in its cultural, political, and socio-economic context. It analyses the differences of available company types in Mainland China as well as their practical significance.
  • Chinese Contract Law
    • This course provides an overview of the fundamental concepts, doctrines and methods of Chinese contract law. It examines the general theory and concepts that underpin modern contract law in China and studies them in the context of China’s legal development since the reform era. The course focuses on a comparative understanding of Chinese contract law, especially in relation to common law and international uniform law.
  • Legal System and Methods in China
    • This course provides an overview of the history, structure, and basic principles of the legal system and method in the PRC. It examines the historical and cultural origin of contemporary Chinese law, the special characteristics that distinguish Chinese law from other major legal systems of the world, and the role of law in modern Chinese economy and society. The course serves as a foundation course for the study of more advanced courses on Chinese law.

Elective Courses:

  • Chinese Accounting and Law
  • Chinese Banking Law
  • Chinese Civil Procedure Law
  • Chinese Commercial Law
  • Chinese Constitutional and Administrative Law
  • Chinese Economy and Law
  • Chinese Employment Law
  • Chinese Environmental Law
    • This course introduces environmental legal concepts, principles, and mechanisms in Chinese law. It examines the development and operation of Chinese environmental law with a focus on law-making, regulation, enforcement, and adjudication since the Reform era. The course further investigates China’s contribution to global environmental governance in response to climate change and ozone depletion among other great challenges facing the world today.
  • Chinese Finance and Law
  • Chinese Financial Law
    • This course examines the history, structure, and development of Chinese financial legal system; considers the historical, political and economic context in which Chinese financial law has evolved and operated. Students will acquire a sound understanding of the role of financial law in China’s economic development and learn the skills essential to the study and practice of Chinese financial law, such as those for statutory interpretation, case analysis, legal research, and dispute resolution.
  • Chinese Foreign Trade and Investment Law
  • Chinese Intellectual Property Law
    • This course approaches Chinese intellectual property law from a comparative perspective and in the light of the civil law approach to property and civil wrongs. It examines the principles underlying Chinese law with respect to registered trademarks, domain names, copyright, patents, design patents, trade secrets, and other sui generis legislation. Students will gain a critical understanding of these areas of the law and their place in modern Chinese society.
  • Chinese Investment Law
    • Investment law offers a rich and multidimensional perspective on the evolution of China’s post-Mao legal system in its broader economic, social and political context. This course is designed to provide a nuanced and contextualized overview of the law and practice of Chinese investment law, with a focus on the key doctrines, principles, institutions, policies, rules and practices of investment law that affect cross-border investments, both inward and outward.
  • Chinese Law and Society in an Age of Digital Technologies and Artificial Intelligence
  • Chinese Law Internship
  • Chinese Politics and Law
  • Chinese Practice on International Law
  • Chinese Securities Regulation
    • This course introduces students to different types of securities as well as economic and legal concepts governing capital markets. It analyses the development of the Mainland Chinese securities system. It also discusses special topics including restrictions that have been imposed on foreigners’ and foreign invested enterprises’ participation in the mainland capital markets and the procedure and practical significance of securities-related disputes in Mainland China.
  • Chinese Tax Law
    • Tax law often plays a very significant role when it comes to making business decisions in all jurisdictions including Mainland China. Students will acquire an in-depth understanding of the Mainland Chinese tax system. They will come to understand the historical development of the different PRC tax regimes and the political, cultural, economic, and social factors that have shaped and continue to shape the enactment and the implementation of related rules in practice.
  • Criminal Justice and Society in China
  • Dispute Resolution in China
  • Global Issues in Law
  • Private International Law in China
  • Property Law in China

Students may select the above CBL electives or any other electives offered by other LLM streams or by the JD programme such as the course Chinese Law on Corporate Finance.

  • This course studies the laws governing corporate financial transactions. While students will mainly learn about Chinese corporate law, regulatory rules, and tax law on these transactions, the course takes a comparative perspective and introduces similar rules in the United States, Europe, and Japan. Students will also explore how law affects the ownership structure of corporations and the basic logic of finance among many other theories of corporate finance.
Students who would like to undertake an independent research project in an area of significant personal interest may choose Independent Research or Independent Research Dissertation. The offering of an elective course in any term will depend on teacher availability and sufficient student interest.

Professor Hu specializes in international economic law, public international law, transnational law, and Chinese business law. She is currently working on the international governance of state enterprises. Before joining the faculty, Dr. Hu graduated from Peking University (LL.B. and Ph.D. in Law) and Yale Law School (LL.M). During her J.S.D. study at Yale, she had served as an editor for Yale Journal of International Law and a Teaching Fellow on China studies. Professor Hu’s teaching expertise includes Legal System and Methods in China.

Professor Huang is an expert in corporate law, securities regulation, financial law, commercial dispute resolution, and foreign investment, with a particular focus on Chinese and comparative law issues. He has published in some of the top-rated journals including the American Journal of Comparative Law, Arbitration International, the Delaware Journal of Corporate Law, Securities Regulation Law Journal, Journal of Corporate Law Studies, Journal of Business Law, Company and Securities Law Journal, Australian Journal of Corporate Law. He is author of the book Fintech Regulation in China: Principles, Policies and Practices (CUP, 2021) and has published with many other reputable publishers. Professor Huang’s teaching expertise includes Chinese Company Law and Chinese Securities Regulation.

Professor Lee is an expert in intellectual property law and law and technology. He has published on intellectual property and internet law in academic law journals including the Wake Forest Law Review, Oregon Law Review, Columbia Journal of Law & the Arts, Virginia Journal of International Law, Vanderbilt Journal of Entertainment & Technology Law, and European Intellectual Property Review (EIPR). He is co-author of the book Intellectual Property Law in China (2nd ed.) (Wolters Kluwer, 2021) (with Peter Ganea, Danny Friedmann, and Douglas Clark), and co-editor of Artificial Intelligence and Intellectual Property (OUP, 2021) (with Reto M. Hilty and Chung-Chung Liu). Professor Lee’s teaching expertise includes Chinese Intellectual Property Law.

Professor Miao specializes in criminal law and Chinese legal system. She has published on the intersections between the domains of criminology, human rights, socio-legal studies and international law. Her recent scholarship focused on the administration of criminal law and policies in China and the United States. She studied post-reform capital sentencing process in mainland China. Her research extended to recent populist backlashes against the European Court of Human Rights in England in the field of criminal justice. She has authored book chapters and published in British Journal of Criminology, Theoretical Criminology and International Journal of Law, Crime and Justice. Professor Miao’s teaching expertise includes Legal System and Methods in China.

Professor Wang specializes in comparative tax law and fiscal policy, with a focus on Hong Kong and China. She has published on Chinese tax law reform, information exchange, tax administration and Hong Kong tax policies in academic law journals including Hong Kong Law Journal, the British Journal of Criminology, the Journal of Comparative Law, British Tax Review, and Australian Tax Forum. She obtained her PhD and LLM from King’s College London and her LLB from the East China University of Political Science and Law. Professor Wang’s teaching expertise includes Chinese Tax Law.

Professor Xi is an expert in comparative corporate law, securities regulation, and financial regulation, with a particular focus on the case of China. He has published extensively in leading peer-reviewed international journals, including the Banking and Finance Law Review, European Business Organization Law Review, Journal of Business Law, and Journal of Comparative Law, Statute Law Review, and Tort Law Review. He is author of the book Corporate Governance and Legal Reform in China (London: Wildy, Simmonds & Hill Publishing, 2009) and co-author of Doing Business in China (3rd ed) & (4th ed) (London: Routledge, 2009 & 2016) (hardback and paperback) (with Tim Ambler & Morgen Witzel). Professor Xi’s teaching expertise includes Chinese Financial Law and Chinese Investment Law.

Professor Zeng specializes in Chinese and comparative corporate law. He has published on corporate law, financial regulation, and law and economics in academic law journals including the International Review of Law and Economics, American Bankruptcy Law Journal, European Business Organization Law Review, Peking University Law Journal, Hong Kong Law Journal, the University of Pennsylvania Journal of International Law, Columbia Journal of Asian Law, and Review of Banking and Financial Law. His doctoral dissertation, State Ownership as a Substitute for Costly Regulation, was supported by the Oscar M. Reubhausen Fund at Yale Law School. Professor Zeng’s teaching expertise includes Chinese Law on Corporate Finance.

Professor Zhang specializes in Chinese energy law, climate law and comparative environmental law. He has published on renewable energy, emissions trading and China’s energy sector reform in academic law journals including Journal of Sustainable Finance and Investment, Chinese Journal of Environmental Law, Climate Law, European Law Journal, Energy Policy, Journal of World Trade and Investment, Asia-Pacific Journal of Environmental Law, Journal of Environmental Law, and Transnational Environmental Law. He is co-editor of the book Climate Change Law in China in Global Context (Routledge, 2020) (with Xiangbai He and Alexander Zahar). Professor Zhang’s teaching expertise includes Chinese Energy Law and Chinese Contract Law.

Professor Zhao specializes in Chinese and comparative environmental law. She has published on circular economy, soil contamination, environmental enforcement, environmental dispute resolution, environmental impact assessment, and climate law and policy in academic law journals including Journal of Property, Planning and Environmental Law, Journal of Comparative Law, Journal of Environmental Law, Journal for European Environmental and Planning Law, China-EU law Journal, Carbon and Climate Law Review, Hong Kong Law Journal, and the University of Pennsylvania Asian Law Review. She is author of the book Chinese Environmental Law (CUP, 2021). Professor Zhao’s teaching expertise includes Chinese Environmental Law and Chinese Civil Law.

Students of the CBL programme will have opportunities to visit local legal institutions including the Court of Final Appeal, the Independent Commission Against Corruption and the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre. In the past, some of the CBL students had joined the Summer Study Abroad Programmes at Tsinghua University and the University of Sydney.

APPLICANTS

Yes. However, you can only study one programme at a time. Therefore, if more than one of your applications are successful you must choose only one programme.

No. The application fee once paid is not refundable.

Yes. Any application received without the payment of the application fee will not be processed until the application fee is received.

Yes. Students may apply for admission before completion of a Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) provided that they are in the final year of study. In this situation any offer will be made subject to the condition that all requirements for graduation in the Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) and for admission to the LLM programme are satisfied prior to commencing the LLM programme.

Yes. You can apply for admission to join a LLM programme before fulfilling the English Language Proficiency Requirement, but you must fulfill the Requirement and provide documentary proof prior to commencing the LLM programme. Any admission offer will be made conditional on you fulfilling the English Language Proficiency Requirement.

No. The Hong Kong Immigration Department has advised that in general it is unlikely that they will issue student visas to non-local applicants who intend to study part-time in Hong Kong. Therefore non-local students are strongly advised to study full-time in order to facilitate their student visa applications.

Your official university transcript and confidential recommendations should be sent directly from your university and referees to CUHK LAW in sealed envelopes.

CUHK LAW selects applicants on the basis of academic merit. CUHK LAW welcomes applications from applicants around the world based upon the philosophy that diversity enriches the learning environment.

No. However, applicants who do not possess a Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) obtained in Hong Kong or in an English-speaking country are required to fulfill the English Language Proficiency Requirement of the LLM programmes.

SUCCESSFUL APPLICANTS AND NEWLY-ADMITTED STUDENTS

No. On receipt of formal offers students will need to make their own arrangements for the payment of the deposit should they wish to accept.

Meanwhile, eligible local applicants may apply for financial support under Non-means-tested Loan Scheme from the government.

Overseas students may check with organizations, government authorities etc, of their home countries if there is any financial support available.

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Application materials are disposed of after the end of each admission exercise. New applications will be processed independently.

Newly admitted students are required to pay the tuition fees on or before the payment due date stated in the debit note in the admission package. Current students will receive a debit note at the beginning of each term, and are required to settle the tuition fees on or before the payment due date.

Students who have not completed the programme requirements within the normative study period may apply to postpone the expected graduation date by submitting the Application Form for Change of Expected Graduation Date to CUHK LAW. The maximum extension is up to one year. The application is subject to the approval of CUHK LAW. The academic status of those students studying outside the normative study period will become “continuing”. Extra tuition fees may be charged for continuing students and the fee level for continuing student is subject to annual review.

Applicants should refer to the website of the Immigration Department for details concerning employment during study.

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