Legal Aspects of Doing Business in Asia

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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).


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