General Course Information

1.1 Course details

Course code: LLAW3010
Course name: Business Associations
Programme offered under: LLB Programme
Semester: Second
Designated research course: Not applicable
Specialization: Not applicable
Prerequisite: Commercial Law
Course offered to non-law students: No
Credit point value 6 credits

1.2 Course description

This course introduces students to the law of business associations. The two main forms of business association to be covered in the course are partnerships and companies, with a predominant focus on the latter. Students will acquire an understanding of the basic issues in company law, including company formation, corporate personality, the relationship between the company and outsiders, directors duties, member’s rights in a company, and the dissolution of a company. The focus will be on Hong Kong law.

The course adopts the usual lecture-tutorial format. The tutorials are highly interactive and students are expected to come prepared and to participate actively in tutorial discussions.

1.3 Course teachers

Name E-mail address Office Consultation
Course convenor / tutor Eva Tam esnt901@hku.hk CCT 514 By email
Course tutor Kerby Lau kerbylau@dvc.hk N/A By email
Course tutor Charlie Liu charlieliuyc@gmail.com N/A By email
Course tutor Michael Lok michael.lok@dvc.hk N/A By email
Course tutor John Lowry j.lowry@ucl.ac.uk TB By email
Course tutor Florence Sit florence.sit@linklaters.com N/A By email
Course tutor Tang Lik Hang likhangtang.counsel@gmail.com N/A By email


Learning Outcomes

2.1 Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs) for this course

CLO 1 Know the basics of Hong Kong and English partnership law and company law, including corporate personality, corporate capacity, relationship among shareholders, directors’ duties, shareholder remedies, contracting by the company, corporate governance, and corporate insolvency.

CLO 2 Understand the rationales behind the rules of business associations and how these rules affect the behavior of the various actors within and outside a partnership and a company, in particular, how the law attempts to protect the interests of corporate constituencies and third parties dealing with the company without imposing undue restrictions on corporate management.

CLO 3 Have the requisite background for further study in corporate and financial law.

CLO 4 Improve skills in statutory interpretation and case reading, especially with respect to the Companies Ordinance.

2.2 LLB Programme Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

Please refer to the following link: https://course.law.hku.hk/llb-plo/

2.3 Programme Learning Outcomes to be achieved in this course



3.1 Assessment Summary

Assessment task Due date Weighting Feedback method* Course learning outcomes
In-class participation N/A 20% 5 1, 2, 3, 4
Final in-hall exam 17 May 2024 80% 1, 2, 3, 4
*Feedback method (to be determined by course teacher)
1 A general course report to be disseminated through Moodle
2 Individual feedback to be disseminated by email / through Moodle
3 Individual review meeting upon appointment
4 Group review meeting
5 In-class verbal feedback

3.2 Assessment Detail

To be advised by course convenor(s).

3.3 Grading Criteria

Please refer to the following link: https://www.law.hku.hk/_files/law_programme_grade_descriptors.pdf

Learning Activities

4.1 Learning Activity Plan

Lecture: 2 hours / week for 12 teaching weeks
Tutorial: 2 hours / week for 6 teaching weeks for each tutorial group
Private study time: 9.5 hours / week for 12 teaching weeks

Remarks: the normative student study load per credit unit is 25 ± 5 hours (ie. 150 ± 30 hours for a 6-credit course), which includes all learning activities and experiences within and outside of classroom, and any assessment task and examinations and associated preparations.

4.2 Details of Learning Activities

To be advised by course convenor(s).

Learning Resources

5.1 Resources

Reading materials: Reading materials are posted on Moodle
Core reading list: TBA
Recommended reading list: TBA

5.2 Links

Please refer to the following link: http://www.law.hku.hk/course/learning-resources/