UCL European & International Social & Political Studies


UCL European & International Social & Political Studies


ESPS0009 - Law and Governance in Contemporary China

Course value: 15 credits
Convenor: Dr. Alessandro Spano
Duration: One term (Term 1)
Teaching structure: Two-hour seminars
Assessment: 1 assessed essay of 3,000 words (100%)
Available to: All Years and Affiliates
Module level: Intermediate

Course Description:

The module shall focus primarily on the study and understanding of Chinese law and system of governance as found in the People’s Republic of China since 1979.
The module shall examine, inter alia, the evolution and the main features of China’s legal system and sui generis system of governance, sources of law, law making and court system, and the role of law in China’s economic development. The module shall also examine selected key areas including, constitutional law, legal institutions, business law and competition law. During classes, current affairs will be discussed and analysed. All readings will be in English. The module presumes no prior knowledge of the Chinese language, however, students may be expected to familiarise themselves with Chinese legal terms.