LLAW6279 & JDOC6279

General Course Information

1.1 Course details

Course code: LLAW6279 /JDOC6279
Course name: Comparative Corporate Law and Theories
Programme offered under: LLM Programme / JD Programme
Semester: Second
Prerequisites / Co-requisites: No
Credit point value: 9 credits / 6 credits
Cap on student numbers: 30

1.2 Course description

This course examines corporate law from comparative and interdisciplinary perspectives. In the course students will be introduced to the fundamental legal principles relating to limited liability, corporate contract, voluntary and/or mandatory nature of corporate law, directors’ duties, shareholder protection and external finance, disclosure, insider trading, takeover, shareholder value maximization or stakeholder theories, convergence and divergence of corporate law, and corporate social responsibility. Readings will be drawn from legal and social science literature, including works from economics and finance. This course is theory-based and has a significant research component.

The course will be conducted in a seminar format.

1.3 Course teachers

Name E-mail address Office Consultation
Course convenor Guanghua Yu ghyu@hku.hk CCT 808 By email

Learning Outcomes

2.1 Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs) for this course

CLO 1 Acquire a basic knowledge of the fundamental corporate law principles.

CLO 2 Evaluate corporate law issues from a comparative perspective.

CLO 3 Analyze corporate law principles from an economics perspective.

CLO 4 Draw implications from the readings of the course for law reforms in Hong Kong and China.

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
Class participation N/A 10% 1, 2, 3, 4
Study report TBA 20% 1, 2, 3, 4
Research paper 8 May 2024 70%  1 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 / by Moodle
3 Individual review meeting upon appointment
4 Group review meeting
5 In-class verbal feedback

3.2 Assessment Detail

To be advised by convenor.

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 the 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/