China Law - Summer
LAW 595 - 85
This course provides a comparison of the environmental legal systems that exist in both China and the United States. The course will place particular emphasis on laws affecting water ecosystems, habitats, and resources. We will compare the major environmental laws of both nations and consider how the various levels of local, state/provincial, and national systems function together in each country. Students will analyze the strengths and weaknesses of each country’s laws and what each country can learn from the other about environmental protection. The course will also examine possible future directions in those laws and areas of challenge, including environmental justice concerns, climate change, and how the systems strain to balance environmental protection alongside economic opportunity and growth.
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Comparative Environmental and Renewable Energy Law - 2.0 Credits
The Renewable Energy portion of the course will focus on highlighting the differences and similarities between the renewable energy industries in the two countries. Particular attention will be paid to the following:
- The laws and policies supporting (and, in some cases, limiting) the development of renewable energy in both countries
- The interaction between the two industries, particularly in the area of free trade (the US is a big market for Chinese wind turbine and solar cell manufacturers)
- Lessons learned from the US renewables experience that can inform the development of the more nascent Chinese industry
- Environmental drivers of renewable energy development in both countries
- Transmission constraints that bedevil both industries
Comparative Antitrust Competition and Consumer Protection Law - 2.0 Credits
This course offers a detailed introduction to the United States, Chinese, and European competition regulations and enforcement programs, with special emphasis in the areas of cartels and horizontal market agreements; monopolization; and consumer protection. Both historical and current cases are reviewed, discussed, and analyzed. The students participate on a daily basis in teams that work through practical competition and antitrust problems, and make presentations to the entire class. Such problems include student role-playing as executives at large international corporations. On the final day of the course, the students, broken into six groups, try (in a mock trial setting with flexible rules) three different famous antitrust cases, including a current monopolization case under China’s 5-Year AML.
Comparative Business Organizations Law - 2.0 Credits
This course covers the various legal forms that our law provides for the organization of a business. To understand how to choose among those entities, some basic tax considerations are necessary. As further background the course also provides the students with some elemental accounting principles. These areas of study will be compared with their doctrinal counterparts in Chinese law.
The course will also cover fundamental aspects of American business law such as limited liability and the problems that go with the defective formation of these various business entities, an introduction to the law governing corporate finance including the rights and properties of diverse financial instruments, a rudimentary examination of the laws covering their issuance and trading and the corresponding regulatory regimes in Chinese law, and structures of the different American business organizations with a particular emphasis on proper corporate governance. The course concludes with a perspective on how all this impacts global commerce.