BTF5160 - The globalisation of law and development in Asia - 2018

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Business and Economics

Organisational Unit

Department of Business Law and Taxation

Chief examiner(s)

Professor John Gillespie


Professor John Gillespie

Unit guides



  • Summer semester B 2018 (On-campus block of classes)


BTX5160Not offered in 2018


The unit will introduce students to the theories about the globalization of law. Using a series of cases studies it aims to show how global laws are adopted and reinterpreted in key domestic legal systems in Asia. The unit will also demonstrate the local constraints on the globalization of law and offer reasons why legal and regulatory systems in Asian are not necessarily converging with those in the West.


The learning goals associated with this unit are to:

  1. develop an understanding of the historical, economic and political context of domestic legal systems in selected Asian countries (China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Japan)
  2. acquire in depth knowledge and a critical interest in the interaction between global regulation and domestic regulation in developing countries in Asia
  3. gain a greater insight into the role of global regulation in the Asia Pacific region
  4. critically apply acquired analytical legal skills to a research project of the students choice
  5. develop general legal research and academic skills
  6. develop presentation skills, both verbal and written, involving the communication of abstract ideas.


Within semester assessment: 60% + Examination: 40%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. Independent study may include associated readings, assessment and preparation for scheduled activities. The unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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