LLM Curriculum

Chinese Law and Investments in Africa


Course Co-ordinator:

Ms Tebogo Lefifi


See Rules for LLM and MPhil Degrees and Postgraduate Diplomas.

Course outline:

People’s Republic of China (PRC) has become Africa’s leading trade and investment partner. Chinese presence will have significant impact on Africa’s economic and policy development. Knowledge of Chinese law is a valuable resource for postgraduate law students, business people and legal professionals who want to understand and navigate China’s emerging role in Africa’s economy.   This course is designed to familiarize students with various aspects of Chinese business law and international investment policies. On completion, the student will develop a balanced and broad outlook on legal aspects of doing business with China, in China and Africa, as well as future developments.

Starting with a brief overview of Chinese legal systems, rule of law and institutions, the course examines key current trends related to Chinese business and commercial law as follows: legal and state enterprises reforms, intellectual property law, settlement of commercial disputes in China, company law, legal culture and case analysis.  Thereafter the focus is directed at Chinese investment in Africa and legal co-operation under the Forum on China-Africa Co-operation (FOCAC) and China Policy for Africa.  Finally, the course explains China’s working foreign investment approval processes and authorities as they relate to outbound investments.


DP requirements:




Coursework: 40%

Examination: 60%