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Course

Weekly Lecture Hours

Credits

Year 1

Common Compulsory Courses (Note 1)

Research Methodology and Legal Writing Seminar

3

3

Comparative Legal Systems

3

3

 

 

 

Specialized Courses (Note 1)

Transnational Law

3

3

WTO and Regional Trade Law

3

3

Dispute Resolution

3

3

 

 

 

Elective Courses (Note 1)

3 courses to be selected from the List of Elective Course

9

9

Sub-Total

24

Year 2

Academic Thesis (Note 2)

-

6

Total

30

Note:

  1. Coursework of the Postgraduate Certificate in International Business Law Program is conducted
     jointly with the Master of Law in International Business Law
  2. Apply only  to Master of Law in International Business Law Program

 

List of Elective Course

Course

Weekly Lecture Hours

Credits

Introduction to Macau Law

3

3

Macau and Comparative Gaming Law

3

3

Advanced Issues of International Trade Law

3

3

Asian Business Law

3

3

Company Law

3

3

Law and Society

3

3

Intellectual Property Law in the Creative Economy

3

3

Money Laundering and Anti-Corruption Law

3

3

Private International Law

3

3

Consumer Protection Law

3

3

Commercial Contracts

3

3

Seminar Series

3

3

Any one of the courses at the Master Level offered by Faculty of Law

3

3

 

Common Compulsory Courses

Research Methodology and Legal Writing Seminar

This course is designed to teach postgraduate students advanced legal research and writing skills. It is taught by a group of law professors mainly from the FLL. Depending on availability, high caliber legal academics from other law schools may also be invited to join the teaching team on a case by case basis. The course covers a wide range of topics of legal research and writing, such as jurisprudence, legal research methodologies, use of library resources, legal reasoning, preparation and writing of law journal articles, preparation and writing of LLM thesis, use of references, formality for legal writing, and critical legal thinking.
Pre-requisite: Nil

Comparative Legal Systems

This course includes aspects of both macro and micro-comparison, and introduction to the  method  of  comparative  law,  based  on  its  constituent  elements  and  practical examples. It also yields an overview over the major contemporary legal systems, “legal traditions”  or  “legal  families”  throughout  the  world,  including,  for  instance,  the Roman-Germanic or Civil Law Systems, Common Law Systems and non-occidental Law Systems, with reference to the Far-East – Chinese and Japanese Law – as well as for the Religious Legal Systems – Islamic and Hindu Law. These will be presented with a special focus on their main features, essential historical elements and study of some of their most significant legal institutions and concepts.
Pre-requisite: Nil

Specialized Courses

Transnational Law
The course offers a close look at the history of the lex mercatoria, its current status as well as the formation of various subcategories, such as a lex petrolea (oil law), a lex maritima (maritime law), lex sportiva (sports law), lex electronica, lex digitalis or a lex informatica (law governing information and communications technologies (ICT). It will also discuss the related problems of economic sanctions and the practice of mixed public-private tribunals.
Pre-requisite: Nil

WTO and Regional Trade Law
This course addresses the regulation of international trade law in the wider context of general public international law. It focuses in particular on the multilateral trade agreements established under the World Trade Organization (WTO) as the successor of the 1947 General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT). Against the backdrop of the dynamics underlying economic integration at the global level, the course also includes a closer look at the increasing practice of Member states all around the world to negotiate regional trade agreements (RTAs), such as the North American Free Trade Agreement   (NAFTA),   the   European   Union   (EU),   the   Asia   Pacific   Economic Cooperation (APEC), the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) or the Mainland and Macau Closer Economic Partnership Arrangement (CEPA).
Pre-requisite: Nil

Dispute Resolution
This course deals with the characteristics of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) on the one hand and with arbitration on the other.  The specific pros and cons of each instrument to settle disputes will be discussed. More specifically, different aspects of International Commercial Arbitration (ICA) will be highlighted, such as: The characteristics of ICA in practice, the arbitration agreement and the applicable Law, arbitrators and arbitration proceedings, and finally the effects and limits of arbitral awards. The students will be accustomed i.a. with the Brussels I-Regulation, the New York Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards (1958), the European Convention on Commercial Arbitration (1961) and other sources.
Pre-requisite: Nil

 

Elective Courses

Introduction to Macau Law
This course covers key topics and features of the legal system of the Macau SAR. The themes may vary but normally should include discussions of the Basic Law and the autonomy of the Macau SAR, the political system, the protection of fundamental rights, and international law issues relevant for Macau. The discussions are contextual and take comparative law into account.
Pre-requisite: Nil

Macau and Comparative Gaming Law
This course focuses especially on the commercial operation of casino games of chance (table games and slot machines) as regulated in the Macau SAR, the world’s largest gaming jurisdiction. The course has an interdisciplinary nature and covers especially the history of gaming in Macau and various issues of administrative and tax law, contract law and criminal law. The course includes a detailed study of the regulation of gaming concessions and of gaming promoters. It also features a comparative element, by which the Macau system will be contrasted with the regulation of gaming in the two main jurisdictions in gaming other than Macau, which are Nevada and Singapore.
Pre-requisite: Nil

 

Advanced Issues of International Trade Law
This course builds on the course on WTO and Regional Trade Law and proposes the discussion of selected, more advanced issues of contemporary relevance in the international trading community. It will thus strongly rely on the discussion of case law, i.e. particularly ongoing disputes of global and regional relevance, and will be based on the assignment of pertinent reading materials. Active class participation in the form of raising questions or partake in group discussions as well as class presentations will be equally given an important role.
Pre-requisite: Nil

Asian Business Law
This course undertakes a comparative approach to the regulation of business in Asia. It first tries to assess possible particularities in the legal and business culture in Asia and focuses inter alia on the areas of commercial law, corporate law and business transactions, securities, intellectual property, and labor law issues To this end, selected jurisdictions, such as those of the PRC, Japan and Korea but also others will be presented and discussed from a comparative and both public-private law perspective. The analysis includes the evaluation of national legal systems in the context of regional economic integration projects based on various bi-, tri- or plurilateral agreements.
Pre-requisite: Nil

Company Law
Based on the regulation of companies in Macau, focusing on private companies and public companies, this course discusses major trends of in company law and corporate governance. All major issues of company law will be covered, including fundamental concepts (types of companies; limited liability; capital maintenance), the creation of companies, the capital, the shares, the organs of companies, the rights and obligations of shareholders, and the dissolution and liquidation of companies.
Pre-requisite: Nil

Law and Society
Taking a multidisciplinary approach, this course deals with a wide set of contact points between law and society. These include first a retrospective look at the significance of various factors or causal elements fuelling the changes underlying the development of societies, such as the invention of new technologies amidst an evolving relationship between politics and economics. It then asks how these numerous changes will influence the processes underlying legal thinking and reasoning as well as the adoption, application, and enforcement of laws in the future. To this end, the discussion will also present new theoretical approaches in law, such as the “law and economics” movement or a political economic, as well as novel concepts, such as “global governance” or “global administrative law”, to try to identify new trends in the field of legal science.
Pre-requisite: Nil

Intellectual Property Law in the Creative Economy
This  course  discusses  the  principal  role  and  main  characteristics  of  intellectual property rights in the context of the regulation of international trade in an emerging global creative economy. Taking into account the rise of a knowledge-based economy, which was accompanied by a rise in creativity, culture and technology, it covers the history and present status quo of the main intellectual property rights, such as copyright, trademarks, patents, geographical indications, and designs. The key international treaties, such as the Berne and Paris Conventions and notably the TRIPS Agreement adopted under the aegis of the World Trade Organization (WTO) will also be analyzed.
Pre-requisite: Nil

Money Laundering and Anti-Corruption Law
This course discusses international trends and legal initiatives for the prevention and repression of corruption, money laundering and the financing of terrorism through the financial system. The discussion covers the international treaties relevant in the field, detailed substantive criminal law issues and the preventive measures required from financial institutions.
Pre-requisite: Nil

Private International Law
This course focuses on Private International Law-provisions that are applicable in cross-border cases. These provisions may be set out in international treaty law, regional laws and domestic Private International Law. The first part deals with questions of jurisdiction, recognition and enforcement of civil and commercial matters, the second with the conflict rules that answer the question which will be the applicable law. The students will be accustomed with i.a. international conventions of which Macau is a contracting party, other regulations on Private International Law, and examples of domestic rules on Private International Law. Basic knowledge of private law (especially contracts & torts) and procedural law (jurisdiction, recognition and enforcement) are desirable.
Pre-requisite: Nil

Consumer Protection Law
This course enquires into the role of consumer protection law in the legal systems of contemporary societies. The inquiry includes a presentation of the laws and organizations at both the national and international level that are entrusted with the protection of the rights of consumers in their commercial transactions. Further issues discussed include the legal concept and definition of the consumer, contractual issues trying to ensure the protection of the weaker party through special contractual clauses, and the relationship and contact points with other legal areas, such as competition law, intellectual property law (e.g. trademarks), and product safety law.
Pre-requisite: Nil

Commercial Contracts
This  is  a  specialized  contract  law  course  covering  various  legal  mechanisms  to distribute goods and services, including the ICC Incoterms, the contract of carriage of goods  by  sea  and  the  various  payment  mechanisms  in  international  trade.  The regulation of international trade agreements by the UN Convention on the International Sale of Goods will be addressed, along with the contracts used for the marketing of goods. The course will cover also various financial instruments and agreements involving banks, namely the term loan, the negative pledge, syndicated lending, securitisation and derivatives.
Pre-requisite: Nil

Seminar Series
This course will consist of a minimum number of 10 seminars offered by the Faculty of Law throughout the academic year featuring notably eminent visiting professors, practitioners or distinguished experts from a great variety of legal and professional backgrounds. Moreover, their active participation is encouraged and will be included in the final evaluation.
Pre-requisite: Nil

 

 

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