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Chinese Civil Law: An Overview

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About This Course

This course provides an overview of civil law within the PRC legal system. China is one of the world’s largest economies and is playing an increasingly important role on the world stage. Many companies around the world are taking advantage of China’s success by forging closer links with the China market. In light of this, knowledge of Chinese law can prove to be an advantage for companies hoping to close a deal in China. Legal professionals may also be interested in gaining a broad overview of the legal system in China. The Chinese law system is a civil law system. Therefore in this course our focus is on civil law as it applies to China.

The first two weeks of the course will provide an introduction to the historical development, current legal framework and fundamental doctrines of Chinese civil law. This is complemented in the second half of the course by a more in-depth look at a particular aspect of Chinese civil law: civil subjects, including natural persons and legal persons. The topics are presented through case studies, videos, multimedia presentations, activities and online discussions. Each week’s materials will be assessed by an online quiz.


  • Outline the essential features of the Chinese legal system.
  • Distinguish the main elements embodied in civil law.
  • Identify the fundamental civil law doctrines.
  • Explain the concept of civil subjects.
  • Ascertain the civil capacity of a natural person and a legal person.

Course Staff

Ms Tang Kam Shu Lana

Ms Tang Kam Shu Lana

Ms Tang Kam Shu Lana is the presenter of this course. Ms Tang is a Senior Lecturer in the Lee Shau Kee School of Business and Administration of the Open University of Hong Kong. She holds her Master Degree in Laws from the University of London in the United Kingdom. She also holds another Master Degree in research from Macquarie University in Australia. Ms Tang has research interests in business law, company law and corporate social responsibility.

Mrs Caroline Leung

Mrs Caroline Leung

Mrs Caroline Leung is the instructional designer for this course. She is a Senior Instructional Designer in the Educational Technology and Publishing Unit of the Open University of Hong Kong, where she designs courses for print-based, online and mobile platforms. She holds an MA in Online and Distance Education and her professional interests include instructional design, online learning and educational technologies.

Lee Shau Kee School of Business and Administration, The Open University of Hong Kong (OUHK)

Lee Shau Kee School of Business and Administration is one of the five academic schools of the OUHK which is established by the Hong Kong Government. It offers more than 60 programmes in different learning modes leading to the award of qualifications from bachelor to doctoral levels. The programmes cover a wide range of business disciplines. Being one of the largest business schools in Hong Kong, the School has a total of 5,900 students, comprising about 3,400 full-time and 2,500 part-time students.

The School is active in fostering international collaborations with universities and professional bodies, with partners in mainland China, Australia, the United Kingdom, the United States, European and Southeast Asian countries. The School’s programmes are also recognized by a number of international professional bodies and a range of exemptions has been granted to graduates and students. These professional institutions include the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, the Association of International Accountants, the CFA Institute, the CPA Australia, the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Hong Kong Institute of Chartered Secretaries, the Hong Kong Institute of Human Resource Management and the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators.

李兆基商業管理學院是香港政府成立的香港公開大學之五所學院之一,提供60 多個不同教學模式的學士至博士程度課程,涵蓋不同商業範疇。本學院作為香港其中一所最具規模的商學院,約有5,900 名學生,包括3,400 名全日制及2,500名兼讀制學生。