This course will serve as an introduction to the legal aspects of doing business in the People's Republic of China. After a brief overview of the historical context and the basic structure of the Chinese legal System, we will explore the business, legal, and social/cultural issues U.S. companies typically encounter in conducting businesses in China. Specifically, we will examine the Chinese legal system including an exploration into sources of law and courts in China. We will also examine forms of foreign investment and intellectual property protection. Finally, we will look at business negotiations and business ethics specifically within the context of U.S./China business relationships. Most of the readings for this course will be primary sources of law combined with current business/legal articles discussing how China's legal system and laws impact American companies doing business in China.
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