Legal Aspects of Doing Business in Asia

Level: 
Master's
Course Status: 
Elective
CEU credits: 
2
ECTS credits: 
4
Module: 
VI
Academic year: 
2010/2011
Academic year: 
2011/2012
Academic year: 
2012/2013
Academic year: 
2013/2014
Instructor(s): 
Stefan Messmann

At the beginning of the 21st century, the economic gravity of the world appears destined to return to Asia. Many Europeans think of “Asia” as being a homogenous group of peoples. The reality is, of course, very different. Due to historical reasons Asian nations have developed a number of different legal systems. History also plays a role in the omnipresent political tension, which pervades the vast continent and casts a dark shadow over the economic miracle. A number of regional bodies have been developed to maintain the economic boom and smooth over any political dispute.

The course intends to provide a basic introduction to regional bodies and legal systems present in Asia, discussing both regional bodies (ASEAN and APEC) and national legal regimes (Japan, PR of China, Taiwan, North and South Korea, Vietnam, India, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia).

Literature:

Donald G. McCloud, Southeast Asia. Tradition and Modernity in the Contemporary World, Westview Press1995

Poh-Ling Tan, Asian legal Systems, Butterworth 1997

Alan Guttermann and Robert Brown (eds.), Commercial Laws in East Asia, Sweey and Maxwell Asia, 1997

Ross Garnaut & Peter Drysdale, Asia Pacific Regionalism. Readings in International Economic Relations, HarperEducational 1994

Roman Tomasic, Company Law in East Asia, Ashgate 1999

Trommsdorf/Wilpert (eds.) Deutsch-chinesische Joint Ventures. Wirtschaft – Recht – Kultur, Gabler 1991

Michael Moser (ed.), Foreign Trade, Investment and the Law in the People’s Republic of China, 1984

Investment Climate. Rajin-Sonbong Free Economic Zone, Pyongyang, Korea 1995

Pravin Anand et al., India Investment Manual, Asia Law & Practice 1995

Laurence J. Brahm, Foreign Investment & Trade Law in Vietnam 

Frederick Burke (ed.), Vietnam Investment Manual, Asia Law & Practice 1995  

Le marché chinois: Enjeux et risques. L’expérience de Volkswagen; in: Le marché chinois: Enjeux et risques – Act du Colloque de Pekin, 25-26 Octobre 1993, p. 165-169

Verhandlungen mit chinesischen Partnern, in: Chung/Sievert, Joint Ventures im chinesischen Kulturkreis, Wiesbaden:Gabler, 1995, p. 119-124

Arbeitsrecht und Personalpolitik in China, in: China-Brief  1/1995, p. 9-14, Beilage zu Wirtschaft und Recht in Osteuropa (WiRO) 11/1995

Holding-Gesellschaften im chinesischen Recht, in: RIW/AWR 1996, 312-325

Rahmenbedingungen für Investitionen in China (with RA Michael-Florian Ranft), in: Bernt R.A. Sierke/Karin Dietz (ed.), Wachstumsregion Asien-Pazifik, Chancen - Risiken - Rahmenbedingungen, Schwerpunkt: China und Japan, Gabler 1997, p. 53-66 

Direktinvestitionen in China, VII. Sonderformen (BOT-Contracts et al.) (Co-author) in: Handbuch Wirtschaft und Recht in Asien; München 1999, p. 34-44

Protection of Property in China – Changes under the New Chinese Legislation, Zeitschrift für Chinesisches Recht, Heft 2/2008, 113-212