Curriculum and Course Offerings

STL’s dual degree J.D./J.M. curriculum offers unmatched depth in complex corporate and regulatory topics, commercial and international dispute resolution, and comparative legal traditions taught by an exceptionally distinguished multinational faculty.  Students are encouraged to pursue their individual interests from the wide variety of courses in STL’s curriculum.

The following are concentrations by subject matter. Clicking on each reveals courses within the concentration.

Business and Commercial Law

China Law and Practice

Core Foundation Courses

International, Foreign, and Comparative Law

Juris Master Courses (in Chinese)

Public Interest Law

Transnational Practice and Dispute Resolution

STL Course Offerings

Course: Accounting for Lawyers
Professor: Terrill Frantz

Lawyers need familiarity with the basic principles of business-related accounting, finance and auditing. The purpose of this course is to prepare law students for judiciously navigating within the business community as it may involve them in their future law practice. Accounting is known as the “language of business” and this course introduces this “language” to students from the perspective of a lawyer, with breadth and depth appropriate in the legal setting. Law-relevant topics in finance, such as valuation, discounted cash flow, and portfolio theory are also introduced as such topics frequently are presented in commercial court settings. The practice, principles, and procedure for financial auditing is also presented in this course.

Course: Advanced Mergers & Acquisitions
Professor: Seth Chertok

Mergers and Acquisitions (“M&A”) law is one of the fundamental building blocks of American corporate law, and by far the most common area of corporate law practice for associates and partners. Although M&A law is impacted from many different angles, Advanced M&A will be taught primarily from the perspective of advanced corporate governance.

The goal of Advanced M&A will be to cover some additional advanced topics that students might encounter in their M&A practice. The course will begin with a deep look at hostile bids and takeovers. Students will analyze all aspects of the fight that ensues between the insurgent and the target board, including the tools at the hands of insurgents used to take control, as well as the arsenal of the board’s takeover defenses.

The class will then consider the corporate governance rights and responsibilities of shareholders in M&A transactions. Sample topics that students will consider include a controlling shareholder’s rights to sell for a premium or oppose a sale that would benefit minority shareholders, as well as a board’s duties and rights to oppose a controlling shareholder’s sale or no sale decisions. Advanced M&A will then conclude by looking at various forms of controlling shareholder M&A transactions that are suspect, and how independent bargaining structures can potentially cleanse such suspect transactions.

Course: Advanced Transnational Law
Professor: Varies

This upper-level required course provides advanced knowledge of transnational law, building upon basic principles studied previously in the first year Transnational Law course, including public international law, comparative law, transnational commercial law and private international law (conflicts of law).  It focuses on aspects of transnational law relating to economic globalization and to dispute resolution mechanisms for both state and non-state actors.

Course: Administrative Law
Professor: Danya Reda

This course examines the law of the administrative state. In the contemporary United States, government is carried out through hundreds, if not thousands, of governmental agencies, wielding power not only over the economy at large but over the lives of every American. Administrative agencies have broad regulatory powers to make rules having the force of law, to adjudicate, to empower individuals as well as to prosecute them. This course is concerned with the law that defines, shapes, and legitimates these powers. The course reflects on how the law manages the tension between “rule of law” values (e.g., procedural regularity, accountability, and substantive limits on arbitrary action) and the desire for flexible, effective administrative governance. The course explores the place of agencies in the U.S. constitutional structure, the source and authority of agency power, the procedures necessary for agency policymaking, and judicial review of agency decision-making.

Course: Ambiguity – The Problem of Bilingual Contracts
Professor: Preston Torbert

This course reviews and discusses many specific examples of ambiguity. Students learn to identify the various forms of ambiguity in bilingual contracts (and English-only contracts) and how to eliminate them. The readings introduce students to the major types of ambiguity and both current and novel suggestions for overcoming them.

Course: Analytical Methods for Lawyers
Professor: Douglas Levene

This course introduces students with little or no quantitative background to basic analytical techniques that attorneys need to master to represent their clients effectively. The class covers decision analysis, games and information, contracting, accounting, finance, microeconomics, and economic analysis of the law.

Course: Banking Law
Professor: Marcus Cole

This course examines the legal and regulatory system governing financial institutions, with an emphasis on banks. It will do so by exploring the underlying economics of banking, and the ongoing efforts around the world to reform financial regulation. Questions addressed will include: Why do we regulate financial institutions? What dangers do we want to avoid? How well do the current regulatory systems achieve what we want to achieve? What alternative approaches can be taken? What are the costs and benefits of the current system, and those of the alternatives?

Course: Business Associations
Professor: Nitzan Shilon

This course surveys the role of legal controls on business organizations, with an emphasis on executives, directors and controlling shareholders of public corporations.  Aspects of the law of agency, partnership, and closely held corporations are reviewed to highlight continuities and discontinuities with the publicly held corporation.  Topics include basic accounting and basic corporate finance, limited liability, creditor protection, shareholder voting, executive compensation, fiduciary duties, shareholder lawsuits, and control transactions.  The emphasis throughout is on the economic analysis of legal rules as a set of constraints on corporate actors.

Course: Capital Market Transactions in Hong Kong
Professor: Norman Ho

This course is designed for students interested in working as corporate attorneys focusing on international capital markets transactions in Hong Kong. The course provides students with a substantive and practical overview of common equity capital markets transactions (e.g., Hong Kong IPOs, block trades) and debt capital markets transactions (e.g., high-yield bond issuances, dim sum bonds, convertible bonds). Students are introduced to common deal documentation in such transactions and learn drafting and negotiation skills that will help prepare them for future careers as transactional attorneys practicing in the region.

Course: China-Africa Dispute Settlement in Trade, Investment and Commerce
Professor: Won Kidane

This course introduces students to the fundamental principles of dispute settlement, especially international arbitration, in international trade, investment, and commercial transactions, in the context of contemporary China-Africa economic relations.

Course: China & the WTO
Professor: Francis Snyder

China’s accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO) in 2001 was an event of worldwide historical significance. This course examines the structure and process of accession, China’s WTO rights and obligations, participation in the WTO, notably in the dispute settlement mechanism, implementation and impact of WTO law, and implications for international trade and global trade governance.

Much of the course is based on WTO litigation involving China and/or case studies drawn from sectors such as toys, textiles, raw materials, automobiles, and high tech industries, and/or from topics such as anti-dumping, environment, food safety, technical standards, intellectual property, and regional integration. The course explores major dilemmas for WTO law today, such as relations between economic globalization and the rise of legal pluralism, conflicts between international integration and national sovereignty, potential contradictions between globalism and regionalism, and the search for fair trade and social justice. By this method, the course aims to understand the opportunities and challenges of China’s participation in the WTO.

Course: China Law & Business
Professor: Varies

The growing importance of China in the global economy demands anyone who aspires to fully understand China law and business to look at the topic from both domestic and international perspectives. This introductory course aims at helping students inside and outside of China to acquire the international perspective by (1) analyzing how foreign investors look at key aspects of the Chinese legal system and business environment in China, and (2) examining Chinese legal rules and principles in selected business-related areas that are of interest to foreign investors. These areas include intellectual property, dispute resolution, foreign investment, mergers and acquisitions, anti-monopoly law, and environment. Through active class participation and analysis of business case studies, students will learn both the law on the books and the law in action in China, as well as strategies that businesses could use to overcome limitations in the Chinese legal system. Leaders from the legal and business communities will be invited to share their experiences and insights.

Course: Chinese as a Foreign Language
Professor: Joanne Gao

This course is designed for students who have no prior experience in learning Chinese or have learnt Pinyin and mastered a small vocabulary, but cannot express in fluent and complete sentences. The emphasis of the course is mainly put on learning Chinese phonetics and basic Chinese grammar, developing listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. By the end of the course, students will be able to speak more than 600 Chinese words and expressions and write over 400 Chinese characters. Students are also expected to be able to make conversations and presentations on simple topics and acquire basic communicative skills in Chinese.

Course: Chinese Judicial Reform from a Comparative Perspective
Professor: Susan Finder

STL, as a law school in Shenzhen, has a unique vantage point from which to consider and monitor the implementation of China’s judicial reforms, because Shenzhen has been selected as the location of one of the Supreme People’s Court’s Circuit Courts as well as for many judicial pilot projects.

This course will consider Chinese judicial reforms in the wider context of judicial reforms of developing economies as well as the context of China’s history, political system, and society. It will give students an overview of the issues involved chance to learn more about the judicial reforms from a variety of viewpoints, including from some of the Shenzhen-based participants themselves. Some of the topics to be covered include the role of the circuit courts, splitting jurisdiction from administrative areas, and judicial autonomy/independence.

Course: Civil Procedure I and II
Professor: Ray Campbell and Danya Reda

This course looks at civil legal procedure – the process through which private legal rights are enforced – with a particular focus on the U.S. Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.  By the end of the course students have a basic understanding of the core provisions of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, as well as a general understanding of the issues related to procedural justice.

Course: Client-Lawyer Interactions
Professor: Elie Vannier

This course puts students through several “real life” experiences and situations of lawyer/client interaction. Students initially tend to be destabilized by the apparent unpreparedness of both clients and lawyers, and the fact that clients might not be transparent or even reliable in their description of facts, circumstances and intentions. Students will learn how to cope with missing or biased information and frustration. They will discover during this course what are the roles, responsibilities and limits of each of the actors.

Course: Commercial Sales: US and International
Professor: Clayton Gillette

This course examines the law governing the domestic (United States) and international sale of goods as regulated by the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) and the UN Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (“CISG”). The course will emphasize the use of statutory default rules to define the commercial relationship and to allocate commercial risks. There will be explicit consideration of how legal doctrines distinguish among different types of commercial relationships and the use of contractual clauses to overcome obstacles to trade. Specific topics include contract formation, acceptance and rejection of goods, contract interpretation in business transactions, warranty liability, remedies, risk of loss, and commercial impracticability. The class will compare and contrast how the UCC and the CISG deal with these issues. The class will also pay particular attention to broader questions such as the way in which legal doctrines facilitate long-distance transactions, the importance of non-legal enforcement mechanisms such as reputation, and the desirability of uniform commercial law.

Course: Commercial Transactions
Professor: Marcus Cole

This course involves a study of the basic structure of the law governing commercial transactions. The course serves as an introduction to debt arrangements, bankruptcy, secured lending and payment systems. Particular attention is given to the use of the law to allocate losses among commercial parties and to promote or disadvantage particular interests. An important objective of the course is developing student skills in dealing with highly integrated statutes, with particular emphasis on the provisions of the Uniform Commercial Code.

Course: Comparative Constitutional Law
Professor: Stephan Jaggi

Based on the idea that comparison broadens the perspective and inspires fresh thinking, this class looks at a variety of important constitutional problems through the prism of different countries’ constitutional orders. What is the purpose of constitutional law? How do revolutions make constitutional law? How does constitutional law work in times of crises? How do different constitutional orders deal with problems of gender discrimination or poverty? These are some of the questions that we approach from the perspective of the U.S., Germany, France, China, Canada, and South Africa, among others. The class includes a strong emphasis on philosophical, political, and legal writings by authors such as Hannah Arendt, Bruce Ackerman, Cass Sunstein, Qianfan Zhang, and some of Professor Jaggi’s own writings on revolutionary constitutional lawmaking in Germany.

Course: Comparative Contract Law
Professor: Whitmore Gray

This is an “advanced contract law course” for both American and Chinese law. It focuses on each country’s implementation and interpretation of the CISG, which serves as a tool for comparative study. It also focuses on the UNIDROIT Principles of International Commercial Contracts, a supra-national source of model contract rules. The different “official language” versions of both of the international texts are used to illustrate the challenges of drafting and doing legal research in different languages. Recent case law and academic writing about both provides substantial source material for serious comparative research and writing.

Course: Constitutional Law I and II
Professor: Stephan Jaggi

The first half of this two-quarter course introduces participants to historical, political, and legal developments in U.S. constitutional law, principally in the areas of individual rights and liberties and judicial review. The second quarter covers Federalism and Separation of Powers. Both provide an introduction to U.S. constitutional history with special emphasis on the historical, political, economic, and social circumstances under which American constitutional law has developed. The course explores some of the fundamental ideas underlying the American Constitution as well as the factors and processes that have shaped and changed American constitutional law over the years. A further dimension of understanding is achieved by referring to comparable developments in European, and in particular German, constitutional law.

Course: Contracts I and II
Professor: Mark Feldman

This two-quarter course examines the formation and interpretation of contractual agreements under U.S. law (common law and Uniform Commercial Code (UCC)) and international law (United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (CISG)). The course also explores issues concerning the avoidance of contractual obligations and remedies for the breach of contractual obligations.

Course: Corporate Finance
Professor: Nitzan Shilon

This course provides students with an understanding of the basic corporate financial concepts and tools that are important for lawyers who practice business law. This course includes studies of the basic techniques used in valuing projects and businesses; the distinctive characteristics of corporate securities; the principles guiding the determinants of capital structure; and the factors influencing decisions to pay dividends and repurchase stock. This course also includes an examination of the impact of theories of finance on legal rules, including portfolio theory, asset pricing models, and efficient market theory.

Course: Corporate Governance from the Global Perspective
Professor: Sang Yop Kang

The first step toward understanding the complicated world economy is to understand a very modern organization: the corporation. Corporate governance studies the conflict between managers and directors, shareholders, and other stakeholders. In every corporation, we see a dynamic power play and “politics” among these constituencies. This course covers two agency problems in the corporate context: (1) managers (and directors) v. shareholders; and (2) controlling shareholder v. minority shareholders.

Course: Criminal Law I and II
Professor: Nicholas Frayn

Through the study of individual cases from multiple jurisdictions, this course develops understanding of the key elements of American criminal law: actus rea, (intent), mens rea (the act) concurrence and causation. The course examines the evidence and factors that courts and juries consider in determining the culpability of a defendant, and possible defenses a defendant might raise to a particular accusation. The course pushes students to think about the principles that have led the U.S. to structure its criminal justice system in the way that it has, and whether or not it is effective in realizing those principles.

Course: Criminal Procedure
Professor: Nicholas Frayn

The course will survey the entire American criminal process from investigation and arrest to sentencing. The course will cover the Bill of Rights and a comparison of adversarial vs. inquisitorial systems and will present a broad overview of criminal procedure, including arraignment, pretrial detention and release, discovery, right to counsel, right to trial by jury, pretrial motions, trial, and the roles of judge and jury. The course will also concentrate on search and seizure, interrogation and confession, and suppression of evidence under the Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution, following the case of a single defendant from arrest to conviction and sentencing.

Course: Cross-Cultural Negotiations
Professor: Ray Campbell

All lawyers negotiate, no matter which practice specialty they choose. They negotiate on behalf of themselves and on behalf of clients. This course reviews the theory related to negotiation and promotes skill development by (i) using a context sensitive model of preparing for and conducting negotiations, and by (ii) working through exercises and mock negotiations that allow the students to put into practice what they have learned.

Course: Deal Documentation
Professor: Douglas Levene

This course teaches the basic elements of a business contract and provides students with writing exercises in which they apply the materials presented. There is one class session each week with Professor Levene; students then meet in small groups sessions with a C.V. Starr Lecturer. In the small group sessions, the C.V. Starr Lecturer goes over the homework assignments and gives additional exercises for the students to practice drafting skills.

Course: Discrimination and the Law
Professor: Stephen Yandle

American law has a peculiar history in regard to discrimination on the basis of an individual’s characteristics (e.g., race, gender, national origin, religion, sexual orientation). This course will examine the history of American law and discrimination from the founding to the current day, looking at discrimination/anti-discrimination in legislative actions (including citizen initiatives), administrative interpretations and judicial decisions. Since the breadth and depth of issues are too great for comprehensive coverage in a single course, the course will focus on discrimination in education as an illustrative microcosm.

Course: East Asian Economic Structures: Law and Economics
Professor: Sang Yop Kang

This course mainly covers economic structures of three East Asian countries (China, Japan, and Korea) from the perspective of law and economics. In addition, this course also covers economic issues of South Asian countries, which are related to the Chinese economy (e.g., overseas Chinese). This course analyzes similarities and differences among three East Asian countries which share culture, philosophy (Confucianism), and history. Ownership structures, corporate groups, financial systems, corporate governance features, and the role of governments in economic development will be examined. In addition, this course analyzes the Asian financial crisis. Moreover, U.S. economic structure and concepts of corporate governance are compared as well.

Course: Economic Analysis of Corporate Law
Professor: Sang Yop Kang

It is almost impossible to understand modern corporate law and securities regulations without understanding fundamental concepts of economics and finance. This interdisciplinary course focuses on the interplay of law, economics, and finance.

Course: Emerging Chinese Evidence Jurisprudence from Comparative Perspectives
Professor: Thomas Man

This course provides an introduction to the emerging Chinese evidence jurisprudence embodied in legislative enactments, judicial interpretations and practices as well as academic studies. This introduction is framed within a broader comparative context of evolving evidence laws and practices in Western legal and judicial systems, particularly the United States and leading European jurisdictions.

Course: Equal Protection Law
Professor: Mark Rosenbaum

This course explores U.S. Fourteenth Amendment jurisprudence in the area of equal rights and liberty. Questions examined include: the meaning of constitutionalism and rule of law; do rights exist and how are they to be determined?; can rights change based on contemporary values?; the relationship between the majority and racial, ethnic, gender and sexual orientation minorities; do protections exist against discrimination?; what is the meaning of liberty and how can liberty be protected and nurtured?; do rights exist if they’re not specified in a constitution?

Course: European Union Law
Professor: Francis Snyder

This course provides a thorough introduction to EU law and institutions, and the main EU policies, including external relations. The course gives special attention to the creation, regulation and management of the EU model of regional integration and to understanding EU law from the “inside” as well as from the “outside.”

Course: Evidence
Professor: Thomas Man

This course focuses on the U.S. Federal Rules of Evidence governing the admissibility of evidence, including problems of relevancy, remoteness, and undue prejudice; the hearsay rule and its exceptions; the offer of evidence and objection; examination of witnesses; competency and privilege of witnesses; expert opinion evidence; judicial notice; burden of proof; and presumptions. Where applicable and as appropriate, the course also introduces students to the ongoing effort in China to develop evidence as an independent discipline of legal study and to codify rules of evidence for Chinese judicial proceedings.

Course: First Amendment Law
Professor: Mark Rosenbaum

This course examines contemporary issues of free speech in the context of U.S. Constitution First Amendment law: the uses and values of free speech; whether certain categories of speech deserve more or less protection; political speech; censorship and discrimination based on content; hate speech and racist speech; obscenity and pornography and feminism; symbolic speech. Students are asked to develop a coherent theory of speech protection and regulation.

Course: Food Safety Law & Policy
Professor: Francis Snyder

This course is an introduction to food safety law and policy, focusing on China, and drawing on domestic, comparative, transnational and international perspectives. It examines Chinese food safety law in theory and practice and uses the Chinese example to illuminate transnational food safety law and related fundamental jurisprudential questions.

Course: From Intent to Letter of Intent: When Law Meets Business
Professor: Elie Vannier

Clients have business issues they want to deal with, but a lack of legal education or, at a minimum, understanding, prevents them from adopting a realistic and holistic approach. There usually comes a time when parties have to sit down and agree on the main terms of their relationships, be it between individuals, individuals and organizations or between organizations. Parties have an intent and several goals. They are rarely identical on both sides of the table. Each party thinks that it has a comprehensive view of what the agreement should contain. In reality, it is the lawyers’ role to challenge and advise the client as to what are the essential components of the potential document reflecting the party’s intentions.

This course aims to teach Law School students how to bridge business goals and value added legal approaches and advice. Students will work in teams on various simulation exercises, from rather simple to sophisticated issues looking at international transactions and complex legal and/or financial instruments. Students will represent hypothetical parties and work on defining the main points of Letters of Intent.

Course: Global Corporate Compliance
Professor: Carole Basri

The course covers fundamentals of being an in-house counsel in a global corporation, including crisis management, corporate compliance, litigation management, conducting internal investigations, and understanding issues of professional responsibility and ethics in the context of having your employer as a client. The course gives special emphasis to issue spotting pertaining to antitrust/ competition Law; environmental law; securities Law; Foreign Corrupt Practice Act (FCPA)/ UK Anti-Bribery Act/ OECD Anti-Bribery Acts; intellectual property law; and employment law.

Course: Human Rights Practicum
Professor: Rachel Jamison

Human rights attorneys often undertake legal writing that is far different from other forms such as memos and briefs. Many human rights attorneys write reports on violations of human rights with the intent to use these reports to advocate for changes in the law, raise public awareness, or bring about international pressure to change a situation. In general, human rights reports encompass three separate functions: 1) provide a record of human rights violations, 2) analyze gaps in legal protection or violations of existing protections 3) make suggestions to international, national, and local decision makers to improve the situation.

In this course, students will learn this style of legal writing and will work together to create a 35-50 page report. There will be two teams of 6 students working on separate issues, in consultation with NGO partners. One team will document challenges LGBTI people face in accessing healthcare in China. The other team will write a report on unconstitutional arrests of sex workers in Sierra Leone. Students will undertake fact-finding research to learn more about the situation and will conduct legal research on relevant international and national laws. They will then draft and peer-review the report.

By the end of the course students will have familiarity with national, regional, and international human rights laws, be able to critically analyze a situation to determine which human rights violations are occurring and what mechanisms exist as remedies. Finally, students will know the structure, tone, and style of writing legal reports and will improve their writing skills.

Course: Individual Income Taxation
Professor: Luca Dell’Anese

This course explores the area of individual income taxation. Topics include gross income, deductions, tax computation, choice of taxpayer, gains and losses on the disposition of property, leverage and deferral, annual reporting, and capital gains and losses.

Course: Insider Trading Seminar
Professor: Douglas Levene

Insider trading remains a controversial area of the law, characterized by strong opinions about the desirability of regulating insider trading and a proliferation of theories for regulation. This seminar concentrates on the leading law review articles staking out positions on insider trading, with a focus on the policy reasons advanced by each side.

Course: Intellectual Property Law
Professor: Lynda Oswald

This course provides a general overview of U.S. intellectual property law, with discussion of relevant international issues as well. The course should be of particular relevance to those students interested in practicing transnational or business law. Topics covered in the course will include: (1) trade secret law (including the Uniform Trade Secret Act, misappropriation, and protective measures); (2) patent law (including general policies and procedures, application processes, and infringement and remedies); (3) copyright law (including ownership and acquisition, infringement, and remedies, and technology issues); and (4) trademark issues (including general principles, federal registration procedures, infringement, dilution, and remedies).

Course: International Anti-Corruption Law
Professor: Matthew Stephenson

This intensive course introduces students to important aspects of international anticorruption law. The main focus is on the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), but the course also covers other aspects of transnational anticorruption law, including other countries’ anticorruption laws, the international anticorruption treaties and conventions, and the role of anticorruption principles in international trade, arbitration, and human rights law. Special attention is paid to how transnational anticorruption law may affect China and lawyers representing Chinese clients or clients operating in China.

Course: International Business Transactions
Professor: Mark Feldman

This course focuses on problem exercises involving hypothetical transactions in a variety of business settings: international sales of goods, agency and distributorship agreements, licensing agreements, establishment of operations abroad, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, development agreements, and international debt instruments. To establish a foundation for analyzing such transactions, the course focuses initially on three topics: (i) the multinational enterprise, (ii) extraterritorial application of national law (antitrust, tax, and anti-corruption law), and (iii) international dispute resolution (litigation and arbitration).

Course: International Civil Litigation
Professor: Paul Stephan

This course reviews the law governing transnational lawsuits, concentrating on the rules applied by U.S. courts. Topics covered include judicial jurisdiction, choice of forum, legislative jurisdiction, choice of law and international judicial assistance.

Course: International Commercial Arbitration
Professor: Varies

International Commercial Arbitration (“ICA”) is the most widely used method for the resolution of international business disputes. It sometimes is supplemented by other alternative dispute resolution methods (ADR), such as mediation or conciliation. ICA mainly involves private parties, but it also can be used for the resolution of economic disputes between a private party (e.g. a transnational corporation) and a state. This course examines the context in which ICA occurs, including the 1958 New York Convention and the differences between institutional and ad hoc arbitrations. The course also compares international commercial arbitration to the special area of treaty-based investor-state arbitration (e.g. ICSID proceedings). Special attention is paid to private arbitration and mediation procedures in Asia, e.g. in Hong Kong, Singapore and Mainland China.

Course: International Criminal Justice
Professor: Michael Greco

The rapid development of a body of international criminal law that imposes responsibilities directly on individuals and punishes violations through international mechanisms is relatively recent; the body of law is not yet uniform, and its courts are not yet universal. The course provides explanation and appraisal of international law and procedure, and focuses on crimes that are within the jurisdiction of international tribunals: genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and aggression. The course also briefly consider terrorist offenses, torture and other crimes not yet within international court or tribunal jurisdiction.

Course: International Financial Regulation
Professor: Douglas Levene

This course focuses on how law and regulation affects international finance. It examines policies and regulation affecting cross-border banking and securities transactions in the three major markets, the United States, the European Union and Japan. In the U.S. the focus is on how post-Enron capital market regulation affects foreign firms, in the E.U. on continuing efforts to build integrated financial markets, and in Japan on the role of foreign firms in rebuilding the Japanese financial system after the “lost decade.” The course also looks at the infrastructure that underlies the global financial system–the U.S. dollar payment system, the Basel Capital Accord, global standards for the clearing and settlement of securities, and rules for different exchange rate regimes. In addition, the course deals with offshore markets–like the Euromarkets and various derivatives markets (including the securitized markets impacted by the subprime crisis), as well as global competition between stock and derivatives exchanges and some key aspects of the emerging markets, for example sovereign debt and project finance.

Course: International Project Finance
Professor: John Niehuss

This course considers the legal aspects of a special type of finance used to fund major projects in the infrastructure (primarily power and transport), oil and gas and mining sectors. It focuses on projects involving cross border investment and finance and concentrates on the legal issues that arise at each stage of a typical project finance transaction, including preparation, structuring, financing, construction, operation and renegotiation.

Course: International Refugee and Migration Law
Professor: Christian Pangilinan

Around the world, increasing numbers of people are crossing borders for migration or to seek refuge. Whether because of war, politics, economic hardship, or climate change, internal humanitarian crises push families and individuals across national borders in the Middle East, North Africa and the Mediterranean, Asia, and other parts of the world. This course aims to provide students with a working understanding of the fundamentals of refugee and international migration law as well as current challenges or controversies faced in these fields. The course focuses on refugee and migration law from the perspectives of national sovereignty and its limits in light of human rights standards and international conventions such as the 1951 Refugee Convention and its 1967 Protocol and international or regional agreements on human smuggling, trafficking, statelessness, and internally displaced persons. Students are exposed to jurisprudence from a range of both national and international courts and tribunals.

Course: Introduction to Legal Theory
Professor: Norman Ho

This course is an analytical survey of some of the major themes and issues in Western legal theory. The class will discuss both descriptive and normative questions in legal theory. Topics to be covered include natural law, legal positivism, Dworkin’s views on law and adjudication, law and society, general jurisprudence, and critical legal studies. The class will also take a comparative approach on some selected topics (for example, comparing certain concepts in Western legal theory with those in Chinese legal theory), and reference will be made to specific real-world legal examples and cases where possible to better see legal theory’s influence in legal practice.

Course: Introduction to Traditional Chinese Legal Thought
Professor: Norman Ho

This course introduces the major themes and issues of classical Chinese legal thought. A basic premise of this course is that Chinese legal history cannot be studied in a vacuum; it is best understood in the context of Chinese political and moral philosophy. The course focuses on selected works by various philosophers and philosophical schools, including Confucius and later Confucian thinkers (including Mencius, Xunzi, and Dong Zhongshu), the Legalists, and the Daoists. By understanding these thinkers and philosophical schools in historical context, students gain an understanding of how law was applied in pre-modern Chinese society.

Course: Islamic Law
Professor: Danya Reda

This course provides a survey of Islamic law in a comparative jurisprudence framework. The course provides a basic introduction to the sources and methods of Islamic legal interpretation, a basic history of Islamic jurisprudence, and a familiarity with Islamic legal reasoning. The course examines the continuities and differences between Islamic legal methods, processes, principles and other major world legal systems. The aim is to gain some foundational knowledge of Islamic law and, with reference to this foundation, to develop comparative legal analysis in order to examine what forms of reasoning, process, and method are central to development of a legal system.

Course: Justice
Professor: Stephan Jaggi

The course looks at different authors and their theories of justice (John Rawls, Roberto Unger, Amartya Sen, Michael Sandel, Bruce Ackerman, Robert Nozick, Hannah Arendt, Immanuel Kant, Karl Marx, Karl Jaspers) and identifies the major differences and similarities of these theories. The course joins substantive ideas of justice with individual rights and government structure in order to emphasize the importance of all three elements for a body politic. The course then examines how different core principles of justice may translate into constitutional law and how these principles are reflected in already existing constitutional law (Do we need constitutional social rights? What are the different concepts of constitutional social rights? What kind of government structure and popular participation is necessary to implement different principles of justice? What principles of justice are necessary to achieve a realistic practice of popular sovereignty and participation? What kind of constitutional control of private political power is necessary in order to implement different concepts of justice?).

Course: Law and Practice of China-Foreign Business Transactions
Professor: Thomas Man

This is a practice-oriented course designed to provide essential legal knowledge and practical skills fundamental to private practice in China-foreign business transactions. It will examine the regulatory framework governing, and major practical issues relating to, business transactions between entities and individuals of China (PRC) and foreign jurisdictions.  Areas to be covered include Chinese-foreign joint ventures, M&A, PE/VC investment, technology transfer, anti-corruption and FCPA, commercial contracts, employment, anti-monopoly, environmental protection and other related fields. Emphasis will be given to the evolution of the ever-changing Chinese regulatory environment and the technical skills in representing foreign business clients in conducting various types of commercial and business transactions, including best practices in understanding, interpreting and communicating ambiguities and uncertainties in Chinese laws and regulations and in reviewing, drafting and negotiating bilingual commercial contracts.

Course: Mergers & Acquisitions
Professor: Seth Chertok

Mergers and Acquisitions (“M&A”) is one of the most fundamental building blocks of American corporate law, and by far the most common area of corporate law practice. This course is designed to help students: (1) learn about M&A contractual deal terms; (2) learn how to read, understand and apply Delaware and MBCA corporate law statutes and cases; (3) learn the business techniques and laws that permit companies to be acquired in hostile and negotiated situations; (4) master the various corporate law legal paths that permit different forms of acquisitions; (5) master corporate governance principles regarding the board’s and controlling shareholder’s rights, duties and responsibilities when either seeks various types of M&A transactions; and (6) hone intuition and knowledge of deal due diligence issues.

Course: Professional Responsibility
Professor: Ray Campbell

Professional Responsibility is a required upper-level course concerned with the ethical standards, professional responsibilities, and regulation of attorneys and judges. The course prepares students to take the Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam (MPRE), as well as providing a basis for making professionally responsible decisions in actual practice. The course draws upon comparative and international material when relevant.

Course: Property I and II
Professor: Norman Ho

This two-quarter course covers the major concepts and issues of Anglo-American property law. Topics covered in the first quarter include the concept of property in Anglo-American property law, forms of ownership of real property, adverse possession, the ownership of personal property, estates and future interests in land, and concurrent ownership and marital property. Topics covered in the second quarter include land use, zoning, planning and other forms of the regulation of real property use and ownership.

Course: Public Interest Litigation Clinic
Professor: Mark Rosenbaum

Students in this clinical program assist Public Counsel of Los Angeles, California with actual public interest impact litigation in the United States seeking to secure fundamental rights for disadvantaged citizens and underserved communities. Students provide remote assistance developing legal theories for the cases, assisting with factual investigations and discovery, and participating in the development of related policy initiatives. Supervision is provided both locally and from California.

Course: Seminar on Corporate & Financial Markets
Professor: Sang Yop Kang

In this course, students will learn how corporate insiders extract corporate value at the expense of other constituencies such as minority shareholders. The role of non-pecuniary benefits (such as fame, reputation, and social influence) will be discussed in depth. In addition, the course will cover insider trading in the capital market, financial crises in Asia and the United States, and issues relating to hedge funds.

Course: Statutory Interpretation
Professor: Matthew Stephenson

This course provides a theoretical and practical introduction to statutory interpretation, focusing on the jurisprudence of the U.S. Supreme Court. The course considers the main schools of thought in statutory interpretation (textualism, intentionalism, and purposivism), issues related to the application of important and controversial interpretive tools (such as legislative history and canons of construction), and general questions about the proper role of courts in interpreting legal texts enacted by legislatures.

Course: Techniques for Drafting Contracts
Professor: Richard Schepard

The object of this course is to familiarize students with techniques used by practitioners for the drafting of contracts (e.g., use of defined terms, the importance of “Whereas Clauses,” how to draft applicable law, dispute resolution, integration and modification of contract provisions, etc.). The course uses as examples an agency agreement, a distribution agreement, a license agreement, a joint venture agreement and an acquisition agreement (or at least a Term Sheet for an acquisition situation). Students are given “Term Sheets” describing various preliminary agreements reached by two parties to a potential transaction and are asked to draft various contractual provisions for the actual final agreement covering the transaction.

Course: Torts I and II
Professor: Seth Chertok

This two-quarter course covers the law of civil injuries and liabilities. The goal of Torts I is to focus in depth on the areas in torts that are the highest-stakes litigation areas, namely the theory of negligence, medical malpractice and emotional harm. Torts II focuses on developing critical thinking skills, so as to provide the intellectual foundation for more advanced torts topics such as products liability, and for new legal areas beyond torts.

Course: Transnational Energy Law & Policy
Professor: Bill Fox

This course examines some of the most important issues in the United States, Chinese and world energy policy and regulation. It recognizes that energy does not exist in a political or legal vacuum but rather demonstrates that there is virtually nothing in energy policy that is not closely tied to and heavily affected by political and legal considerations.

There will be a selected number of case studies to focus class discussion and to illustrate the interaction of politics and law in developing and administering energy policy. The U.S. has probably the most comprehensive set of energy and environmental regulations, so the course will start by looking at U.S. energy and environmental regulation. Because the United States is a federation, the course also examines the role of state and local governments in energy policy making. And because the United States tries to listen to the views and wishes of ordinary people, the class examines the role of the private citizen in this area. The course also will cover issues regarding energy policy and regulation in China and how international law and regulation through the work of international treaties and international organizations affect energy policy.

Course: Transnational Law
Professor: Varies

This course focuses on the growing interaction between national and international legal norms and processes, the importance of transnational corporations (TNCs) in the world economy, and the rise of large global law firms engaged in international practice. The course provides an introduction to basic principles of public international law, comparative law, transnational commercial law and private international law (conflicts of law), and mechanisms of international dispute resolution.

Course: Transnational Legal Practice
Professor: C.V. Starr Lecturers

Transnational Legal Practice helps acclimate students to law school and to the basic tasks required for the first year of legal writing: understanding the relationships between judicial opinions, reading judicial opinions (critically), deriving legal rules from judicial opinions, and applying legal rules to new sets of facts. Students learn the basics of good legal writing, from the contexts in which legal writing is used, to the use of rubrics (IRAC and CREAC) to help structure writing, to the effective use of analogies to construct legal argument.

Course: Transnational Real Estate Transactions
Professor: James Hagy

More than ever, business lawyers are afforded the opportunity – and the challenge – of coordinating and planning projects abroad in markets unfamiliar to them, as well as advising international clients with in-bound investments in the lawyer’s home market. This course addresses the following topics: structuring, transactional goals, due diligence, letters of intent, memoranda of understanding and similar preliminary documentation, and deal implementation.

Course: Treaty Arbitration
Professor: Mark Feldman

From 1980 to 2000, States entered into nearly 1,700 bilateral investment treaties (BITs). This treaty practice has given rise to a sharp increase in treaty arbitration between investors and States. For example, from 1972 to 1996, the World Bank’s International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) registered 38 investor-State cases; from 1997 to 2011, that number increased to 331.

This course will address the rapid growth of treaty arbitration practice and key challenges that have emerged within the practice area. In particular, the course will address the following topics: (i) policy goals driving the formation of over 2000 BITs; (ii) core investment treaty substantive obligations (most-favored-nation, national treatment, minimum standard of treatment/fair and equitable treatment, expropriation); (iii) issues of jurisdiction and admissibility (definition of “investor” and “investment,” time bar, standing, denial of benefits provisions); (iv) arbitral rules (in particular, ICSID and UNCITRAL); (v) arbitral institutions (in particular, ICSID and the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA)); (vi) appointment, challenge, and removal of arbitrators; (vii) annulment and enforcement of awards; and (viii) transparency and amicus participation.

Course: WTO Law
Professor: Francis Snyder

Both a result and a cause of globalization, the World Trade Organization (WTO) is the world’s leading institution for regulating international trade. This course provides a thorough introduction to WTO law and institutions. The course devotes special attention to the WTO as a source of transnational law and as a factor in international economic and legal integration. Topics are selected from the following: legal and economic aspects of world trade regulation; evolution from the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) 1947 to GATT 1994 and the WTO; the WTO dispute settlement mechanism; multilateral agreements on trade in goods, especially GATT 1994; remedies for fair and unfair trade such as anti-dumping, countervailing and safeguard measures; food safety and technical standards; regional trade agreements or environmental protection as exceptions to basic GATT principles; the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS); trade and investment; government procurement; the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS); developing countries and the WTO; and linkages between trade and social policies.

课程名称: 中国民法一 (Chinese Civil Law I)
主讲教师: 茅少伟 (Mao Shaowei)

本课程主要涉及民法学中具有共通性的部分(包括传统的民法总则和部分合同法内容),是学习债权法、物权法和民事特别法的重要基础。课程主要采用讲授和讨论的方式,学生需要课前阅读材料、参与课堂讨论,并完成课后作业。通过本课程的学习与训练,学生应当对民法的体系和范围有基本的了解,对民法思维方法有较为扎实的掌握,对涉及的各项民法制度在法学原理和现行法律规定上有全面的掌握,初步掌握在相关制度问题上针对具体案例寻找法律、解释与适用法律的能力,包括进行政策分析的能力。

课程名称: 中国民法二 (Chinese Civil Law II)
主讲教师: 葛云松 (Ge Yunsong)

本课程的内容包括债权法、物权法的基本制度与理论,是民法学的核心内容,在民法学诸领域中规则和理论最复杂、实用性最强、适用面最广。

本课程的目标是,让学生具备扎实的债权法与物权法基础,对于基本的理论框架、我国现行法上的基本规定有比较深入的了解,熟练掌握针对具体案件寻找法律、解释与适用法律的能力,包括进行政策分析的能力,并初步接触作为律师提供法律意见、草拟合同条款的技巧。

课程名称: 中国民法三 (Chinese Civil Law III)
主讲教师: 茅少伟 (Mao Shaowei)

本课程主要涵盖物权法相关内容(包括物权基础理论、所有权、用益物权、担保物权以及基本的信托法知识)。物权法是民法学课程的重要组成部分,涉及民法学中最基础的概念和理论,与债权法和许多民事特别法都有密切的联系,理论与规范复杂、实用性强、适用面广。本课程的目标,是让学生具备扎实的物权法基础,对于基本的理论框架、我国现行法上的基本规定有比较深入的了解,熟练掌握针对具体案件寻找法律、解释与适用法律的能力,包括进行政策分析的能力。

课程名称: 中国民事诉讼法 (Chinese Civil Procedure)
主讲教师: 刘哲玮 (Liu Zhewei)

本课程旨在传授关于中国民事诉讼法的通识性知识,让学生对民事诉讼程序和相关原理有基本认识。课程目标具体有二:

在诉讼程序方面,学生通过学习本课程,能够基本了解我国民事诉讼法典的结构和内容,理解民事诉讼的一般流程,能运用民事诉讼法解决一般的民事纠纷,基本达到通过司法考试水平。

在诉讼法理方面,学生通过学习本课程,能大致了解民事诉讼法学基础理论,并能够运用某些基础理论分析我国立法和司法解释的问题;部分优秀学生能够综合运用民事诉讼法和民事实体法,解决复杂诉讼的问题。

课程名称: 中国刑法 (Chinese Criminal Law)
主讲教师: 具体授课教师视学院教学安排而定 Varies

通过本课程的教学,使学生全面、系统地掌握刑法学的基本理论,具备运用所学知识分析案例与解决问题的能力,并为今后的进一步学习打下坚实基础。要求学生牢固掌握的内容有:刑法的概念、特点和我国刑法的基本原则;犯罪的概念;刑法的任务;刑法的解释;犯罪构成理论;客观不法构成要件;主观不法构成要件;违法性及正当化事由;错误理论;犯罪的停止形态;共同犯罪;竞合形态;刑罚的概念、目的与我国刑罚的种类;各项量刑制度、行刑制度;刑法分则中的重要犯罪。

课程名称: 中国形事诉讼法 (Chinese Criminal Procedure)
主讲教师: 具体授课教师视学院教学安排而定 Varies

课程是法学核心课程之一。本门课程旨在对刑事诉讼的基本原理、中国刑事诉讼
的基本原则、基本制度和诉讼程序进行理论分析和系统解释。从理论上阐述诉讼法律关系、诉讼主体、诉讼结构、诉讼模式等刑事诉讼基础理论;阐述我国刑事诉讼法的基本原则和主要制度;论述刑事诉讼证据和证明的基本理论和制度;用规范解释方法阐述我国刑事诉讼法规定的主要内容与重要的诉讼程序规范。刑事诉讼法分总论和分论两编,教学内容既以现行法律为依据,又不拘泥于法律条文本身,意在通过现行法文本之解释阐发刑事诉讼的一般理论和基本制度,并结合刑事司法实践解读基础知识和基本理论。课程采取专题讲授和研讨方式进行。

课程名称: 中国行政法 (Chinese Administrative Law)
主讲教师: 金自宁 (Jin Zining)

本课程旨在传授中国行政法学通说,在尽可能覆盖重要知识点的同时,通过实务案例研习训练学生实际应用相关知识的能力,包括行政法的概念、渊源体系、基本原则、行政主体的内涵和外延、行政行为及其成立、生效、无效、撤销和废止、行政立法、行政处罚、行政强制、行政许可与确认相关概念、制度和规则以及行政诉讼受案范围、原告资格、审查标准、裁判方式等。

课程名称: 中国行政诉讼法 (Chinese Administrative Litigation Law)
主讲教师: 金自宁 (Jin Zining)

本课程旨在传授中国行政诉讼法学通说,在尽可能覆盖重要知识点的同时,引导学生探讨相关疑难问题,并通过实务疑难案例研习训练学生实际应用相关知识的能力,课程学习重点包括行政法案例研习方法、我国行政诉讼特色、行政诉讼受案范围、原告、被告、第三人、举证责任与证据规则、司法审查原则和标准、裁判方式等。

课程名称: 中国公司法 (Chinese Company Law)
主讲教师: 朱大明 (Zhu Daming)

本课程主要围绕中国公司法法的内容展开。主要内容包括总论、公司设立、公司治理、公司资本制度等部分。

课程名称: 中国宪法 (Chinese Constitutional Law)
主讲教师: 黄卉 (Huang Hui)

本课程以教授中国宪法(学)的基本框架和主要内容(宪法基本决策、公民基本权利、国家机关、宪法监督和实施)为核心内容,在此基础上,结合相关的宪法案(事)例,培养学生解释和适用宪法规范的技能。 课程要求学生投入阅读和专研时间,进行宪法评注和宪法案例分析的练习。

课程名称: 中国法理学 (Chinese Jurisprudence)
主讲教师: 孔庆平 (Kong Qingping)

本课程试图以贯通中国法系、大陆法系和英美法系的广阔视野,以法律是什么为其核心,进行讲授与讨论,首先,我们将从规范的意义上,从形式上来探讨法律的规范结构,法律体系的构成;其次,从法律运行和适用的角度,来探讨如何寻找、获取、认识和解释法律的理论;最后,我们将探讨法律的正当性及其本质,究竟什么是法律,在人类的生活当中,法律如何来指引和规范人在政治生活中,谋求良好的生活,是实现其权利?还是获得其美德?从中国历史和文化的角度,我们如何理解中国法律的困境,思考如何从中国文化自身衍生出现代法律理论的正当性基础。

课程名称: 国际私法 (Private International Law)
主讲教师: 具体授课教师视学院教学安排而定 Varies

本课程采取专题形式,以讲授为主。大纲主要分为8个部分内容,运用理论联系实际的方法,采取以中国立法与实践为中心,介绍国际私法的基本理论与基本制度,阐述国际私法各个分支的主要原理,反映国际私法的最新研究成果与最新立法,总结、概括我国国际私法立法的成就、不足和问题,同时也要吸收、借鉴外国国际私法立法和国际社会国际私法的立法经验,为我国国际私法的制度完善提供理论与实践基础。其目的是为了让学生掌握冲突法的基本理论和制度,特别是我国《涉外民事法律适用法》等规则制度,培养学生运用学科理论分析思考和解决涉外民事法律冲突的能力与技能,为我国对外经济交往和对外交流服务。

课程名称: 中国高级法律检索与写作 (Chinese Advanced Legal Research & Writing)
主讲教师: 茅少伟 (Mao Shaowei)

本课程主要以我国现行民商事法律制度为基础,通过实例的研习,训练学生准确、全面、有效地进行法律检索和法律研究的能力。课程采用讲授与讨论相结合的方式,学生课前需要阅读相关材料、课上需要积极参与讨论、课后需要完成必要的作业。通过本课程的学习与训练,学生应当对我国的法律体系与法律渊源(尤其是民商事法律)有更全面的了解;能够更准确地识别、界定与描述不同类型的法律问题,并基于不同的研究目的,较为熟练地使用常用的检索工具与检索方法,进行专业的法律检索、分析与写作;同时,在更一般的意义上,对法律思维方法和解释、适用法律的能力有较为扎实的掌握。

课程名称: 民法案例练习 (Case Exercises of Civil Law)
主讲教师: 葛云松 (Ge Yunsong)

本课程希望通过完整、系统的民事案例练习,训练学生形成法律人应具有的民法思维和技能,提升分析实务案例的能力。课程要帮助学生学习各门基础性的法律部门所包含的法律知识和应用能力,如援引、解释和适用法律条文,并训练学生在这个过程中学会利用判例、学说和比较法,还要训练学生对不同的利益进行权衡的能力,对不同法律理由、法律观点进行权衡和评价的能力。从技能的角度,请求权基础方法以及法律解释方法的训练是本课程的重点。

本课程采用作业、讨论、讲授相结合的教学方式。每次课程之前布置一定的阅读材料,并要求学生在课前完成一定的作业。教师在阅读作业后,有针对性地组织课堂讨论,最后总结性地对相关的民法知识进行讲授,并以对法律解释、适用的方法进行总结、深化。教师会对部分作业在课后提供参考答案,供学生参考。

课程名称: 中国高级法律检索与写作 (Chinese Advanced Legal Research & Writing)
主讲教师: 茅少伟 (Mao Shaowei)

本课程主要以我国现行民商事法律制度为基础,通过实例的研习,训练学生准确、全面、有效地进行法律检索和法律研究的能力。课程采用讲授与讨论相结合的方式,学生课前需要阅读相关材料、课上需要积极参与讨论、课后需要完成必要的作业。通过本课程的学习与训练,学生应当对我国的法律体系与法律渊源(尤其是民商事法律)有更全面的了解;能够更准确地识别、界定与描述不同类型的法律问题,并基于不同的研究目的,较为熟练地使用常用的检索工具与检索方法,进行专业的法律检索、分析与写作;同时,在更一般的意义上,对法律思维方法和解释、适用法律的能力有较为扎实的掌握。

课程名称: 中国知识产权法 (Chinese IP Law)
主讲教师: 朱谢群 (Zhu Xiequn)

本课程主要讲述知识产权基本原理以及版权法、商标法、专利法的基础理论与案例。本课程主要采用讲授、讨论的方式,有经典的基础理论,也有国内外代表性案例的评析。通过本课程的学习,学生可以对知识产权法专业方向的主干领域有较深入了解,初步掌握运用知识产权规则的方法,具备观察和解决知识产权领域中理论与实际问题的基本能力。

课程名称: 中国经济法 (Chinese Economic Law)
主讲教师: 朱大明 (Zhu Daming)

本课程主要围绕中国经济法的内容展开。主要内容包括中国经济法总论部分、资本市场监管、市场组织法等部分。

课程名称: 中国环境法 (Chinese Environmental Law)
主讲教师: 金自宁 (Jin Zining)

本课程通过对我国环境法产生发展、基本理念和原则、法源体系、执法机关组织结构、环境规制目标及手段、环境侵害之救济等相关议题以及具体案例的讨论,提升学生在环境法这一具有跨学科特征的部门法领域内的专业知识,培养其在坚
持专业水准的前提下进行跨学科思考、交流和研究的能力。

课程名称: 中国商事法律制度 (Chinese Commercial Legal Systems)
主讲教师: 朱大明 (Zhu Daming)

本课程分为两个部分。第一部分为商法总论,主要介绍商人、商行为等内容。第二部分为商法分论,主要介绍公司法、证券法、保险法等部门法的基本内容.

课程名称: 中国法学方法论 (Chinese Methodology of Legal Science)
主讲教师: 黄卉 (Huang Hui)

本课程为法学方法论兼案例分析课程,将通过案例分析着重训练学生的法律思维(依法裁判的思维)以及区分法律思维与非法律思维的能力。

具体任务为:(1)教授学生了解法学方法论的一般知识框架(法律解释、漏洞补充和法律续造);(2)培养学生查阅法律规范的意识和习惯;(3)培养学生法律解释和法律论证的技能;(4)在此基础上,适当提升法学院学生的批判性思维能力。参与本课程的学生应基本学完民法、刑法、宪法与行政法以及诉讼法等法学基础课程,初步掌握各部门法基本教义学知识体系的法学院学生。

课程名称: 中国民法研讨 (Chinese Civil Law Seminar)
主讲教师: 朱庆育 (Zhu Qingyu)

本课程将在学生已经掌握民法基本原理的基础上,结合案例与实证法,以概念的准确运用为支点,培养并训练学生精准与熟练的民法思维。课程内容包括十个专题,分割为五个单元。具体安排如下:第一单元民法典基础,讨论民法典编纂的一般理论;第二单元负担行为与处分行为,包括两个专题:概念辨析;物权行为理论;第三单元意思表示的解释,包括两个专题:菜单案、韩寒悬赏案;第四单元法律行为的效力瑕疵,包括三个专题:行为能力问题、画家村案、抵押物让与问题;第五单元请求权基础的探寻,包括两个专题:福克斯案、请求权基础方法演练。

课程名称: 中国税法 (Chinese Tax Law)
主讲教师: 王敏 (Wang Min)

本课程教学内容将以税收功能为起点,解析我国税收法治的发展历程,探究立法目的,解读法条并进行案例分析,重点讲解我国目前18个税种中的7个,包括增值税、消费税、营业税、土地增值税、关税、企业所得税、个人所得税,这7个税种的收入占到我国税收收入的90%,同时也会对11个小的税种进行简单介绍,并帮助大家了解国际税制。授课方式以课堂讲解为主,随堂练习和师生互动为辅。希望通过教学,使得学生能够掌握我国税法的总体框架、重点税种的税制设计和征管。

课程名称: 中国企业并购法 (Chinese M&A Law)
主讲教师: 朱大明 (Zhu Daming)

本课程主要围绕中国企业并购法的内容展开。主要内容包括公司合并法制、公司分立法制、股票转移与股票交换、营业转让等部分。

课程名称: 中国行政法专题 (Chinese Administrative Law Seminar)
主讲教师: 蔡小雪 (Cai Xiaoxue)

本课程主要就行政行为的合法性审查及行政赔偿问题进行研讨。一、审查行政行为合法性一般应从五个方面进行审查:1、是否超出了法定职权范围。行政职权一般由职能、层级、地域等职权构成,超出其中任何一项职权就属超越职能职权。2、行政程序是否符合法定要求。行政程序一般由方式、步骤、顺序、顺序、时限构成,方式错误、缺少必要步骤、颠倒顺序、超过时限,均属违反法定程序。3、主要证据是否确凿。即达到了行政行为要求的证明标准。4、适用法律、法规是否正确;5、是否存在滥用职权或者明显不合理的问题。特殊的行政行为还要审查政机关是否履行了法定职责或者义务。二、有关行政赔偿问题。1、赔偿范围,2、行政赔偿请求人和赔偿的义务主体,3、行政赔偿程序,4赔偿方式和数额等。

课程名称: 中国法制史 (Chinese Legal History)
主讲教师: 孔庆平 (Kong Qingping)

本门课程的重点在于,从理解人类社会的治理和秩序的角度,来理解中国的法律、社会和思想文化,我们共同来思考中国法律的形态如何?为什么会有这种形态?这种形态是基于怎样的社会问题、什么样的秩序观念为背景而形成的?在这种形态下造成了怎样的社会?这种社会又产生了怎样的问题?这种问题又如何影响了法律形态的变化?在这种变化当中,不断或相继的确立了怎样的法律原则及法律运行机制?并相应的辅以怎样的治理模式?在这种秩序追求和法律形态及运行中,国家或政府处于一种什么样的地位?社会自身如何构成并遵循怎样的规范运作,在政府与社会之间形成一种怎样的关系?社会自身的规范及纠纷解决依循怎样的原则进行?从上述几个大的方面着手,我们来共同研究中国法律。

课程名称: 国际经济法 (International Economic Law)
主讲教师: 张潇剑 (Zhang Xiaojian)

课程内容:将介绍国际经济法的一些基本理论、基本原则、基本制度、基本规范,并着重研讨国际经济法若干重要领域,诸如国际货物贸易法、国际服务贸易法、国际技术贸易法、国际投资法、国际货币金融法、国际税法、国际商事仲裁法等。

教学方法及目的:任课教师以讲授为主,辅以课堂讨论,结合丰富的国内外相关案例深入浅出地介绍、分析和研究国际经济法各领域的具体问题、难点问题,这不仅使学生学到相关知识和技能,训练并提高自身的逻辑思维能力,还可以使学生们在当今中国经济腾飞、对外交往迅速扩大的时代背景下,及时提升自身的竞争实力,掌握一项促进国际经贸往来、维护自身合法权益的有力工具,以应对现实纷繁复杂的国际(涉外)民商事实务。

课程名称: 中国金融证券法 (Chinese Finance and Securities Law)
主讲教师: 洪艳蓉 (Hong Yanrong)

本课程主要讲述中国语境下的金融法与证券法的基本原理、业务规则及相关案例,采用任课教师主讲、学生做小报告和案例分析互动等多种方式,紧密结合中国的金融法制和当下的金融改革,内容涵盖中国金融监管、业务规范和相关法律责任。通过本课程的学习,学生得以熟悉中国直接金融和间接金融的法律制度概况,掌握金融/证券业务的法律原理、制度规则和监管要求,了解违法违规行为的法律责任,培养从事金融/证券业务的法律思维并掌握相应的法律技能,同时能够开阔视野,加深对金融创新与法律监管二者关系的理解,更好地适应经济社会的发展需要。

课程名称: 中国刑法专题 (Chinese Criminal Law Seminar)
主讲教师: 梁根林 (Liang Genlin)

《中国刑法专题》不仅重点讲授刑法教义学基本理论体系,而且引导学生理论联系实际,学会运用刑法理论、中国刑法规定分析解决实际案件。
本课程教学环节包括学生自学、课堂讲授、案例讨论以及期末考试。学生应当通过自学,系统全面地掌握刑法学基本原理与中国刑法基本规定。课堂讲授采取点面结合的方式,在兼顾体系的基础上着重讲授专题,辅之以提问与互动。期末考试采取写作课程论文的方式,字数要求5000—8000字。

课程名称: 侵权法专题 (Chinese Tort Law Seminar)
主讲教师: 孙维飞 (Sun Weifei)

这门课程针对的对象是已有侵权法基础知识的学生,目的在于进一步加深学生对侵权法中若干关键主题(如侵权法保护的客体、过错与因果关系等)与现行实证法的理解。课程教学主要采用案例研讨的方法,尤其注重培养学生用理论分析解决实务问题的能力。

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