General Course Information

1.1 Course details

Course code: LLAW3153
Course name: China Investment Law
Programme offered under: LLB Programme
Semester: First
Designated research course: Yes
  • Chinese law,
  • Commercial, corporate and financial law
  • International trade and economic law
Prerequisites / Co-requisites: No
Course offered to non-law students: No
Credit point value: 6 credits

1.2 Course description

The course provides a comprehensive analysis of the legal, policy and business aspects of foreign direct investment in China. We will learn the evolution of Chinese foreign investment law since 1970s, from the opening-up policy to the newly enacted Foreign Investment Law, as well as China’s outbound investment policies (such as the Belt and Road Initiative) and investment treaties. Areas covered include: policies and priorities underlying China investment law; market access and the national security review; organization, operation and liquidation of foreign-related business entities in China; relevant regulatory issues; investment dispute resolution.

1.3 Course teachers

Name E-mail address Office Consultation
Course convenor Ying Zhu yingzhu@hku.hk CCT 713 By email

Learning Outcomes

2.1 Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs) for this course

CLO 1 Understand the current legal regime of China on foreign direct investment and its application to practical problems and legal disputes.

CLO 2 Appreciate the evolution of Chinese investment rules and policies in the context of domestic legal modernization and globalization.

CLO 3 Recognize the complexity and dynamicity of foreign investment regulation with multiple legal sources and governing agencies.

CLO 4 Analyze and appraise foreign investment rules of different countries with a comparative perspective.

CLO 5 Comprehend the interaction between domestic and international investment regimes, and  the interface between foreign investment law and public interest governance.

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
Class participation N/A 20% 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Research paper 15 Dec 2023 80% 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
*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

Seminar: 3 hours / week for 12 teaching weeks
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/