Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject develops in students a socio-legal understanding of dispute resolution in China, with a focus on commercial dispute resolution. Starting with an historical introduction to dispute resolution in traditional China, with a focus on changing perceptions of law and perceived functions of law and legal profession in society, it then examines legal development since 1978 in a politico-economic and socio-legal context and analyses contemporary roles and functions, mechanisms and institutions of dispute resolution in China. Upon these analyses, the subject undertakes a detailed examination of the specific methods of dispute resolution, including negotiation, mediation, arbitration and litigation. The subject aims at establishing a solid foundation for understanding Chinese law and institutional arrangements for dispute resolution. The subject takes a practical approach to examine institutions and rules.

FacultyFaculty of Business, Economics and Law

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorGordon Walker

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Exchange StudentsYes

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2014, Week 42-43, Day


Online enrolmentNo

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Subject Instance Co-ordinatorGordon Walker

Class requirements

Lecture/Workshop Week: 42 - 43
Five 8.0 hours lecture/workshop per study period on weekdays during the day from week 42 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementComments%
class participation10
one 6,000-7,000-word take-home examination90