LLAW6225 & JDOC6225

General Course Information

1.1 Course details

Course code: LLAW6225 / JDOC6225
Course name: PRC Shipping Law
Programme offered under: LLM Programme / JD Programme
Semester: Second
Prerequisites / Co-requisites: No
Credit point value: 9 credits / 6 credits

1.2 Course description

The course aims at promoting students understanding of the legal framework governing shipping and maritime trade in mainland China.

Topics include: ships and crew; contracts of sea carriage; bills of lading and charterparties; multimodal transport; sea towage contracts; collision of ships; salvage at sea; general average; marine insurance; limitation of time and liability for maritime claims; maritime dispute resolution. The PRC Maritime Code and relevant legislation will be covered.

The course will be taught in Putonghua and examined in Chinese. The examination answers can be written in either English or Chinese as selected by the student. Problem-solving approach with case studies will be adopted.

1.3 Course teachers

Name E-mail address Office Consultation
Course convenor Zhu Zuoxian TBA N/A By email
Course convenor Cao Xingguo TBA N/A By email
Course convenor Han Lixin TBA N/A By email

Learning Outcomes

2.1 Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs) for this course

CLO 1 To understand the legal framework of transport and carriage in mainland China.

CLO 2 To grasp and apply the legal principles of the relevant PRC legislation (e.g. The Chinese Maritime Code) and important maritime court judgments.

CLO 3 To develop the skills of problem-solving, document analysis and legal writing in the Chinese language.

2.2 LLM and JD Programme Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

Please refer to the following link:

LLM – https://course.law.hku.hk/llm-plo/

JD – https://course.law.hku.hk/jd-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
Take home exam 20 May 2024 100% 1 1, 2, 3
*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:
  • Chinese Maritime Law (Edited by Professor Si Yuzhuo of Dalian Maritime University, Latest Edition)
  • Chinese Maritime Law: Cases, Materials and Comments (Edited by Professor Si Yuzhuo of Dalian Maritime University, Latest Edition)

5.2 Links

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