Students are expected to learn through reading the textbook and completing the assignments. Course notes are mainly used to supply background information and guidelines that would help students to read the textbook so as to improve their knowledge and understanding of the Hong Kong Business Law. Feedback from the instructor is an integral part of this course. Students will receive constructive feedback from the instructor after they complete the assignments.
* Students are required to purchase the textbook on their own. For details, please refer to the column 'Required Textbook' below.
As the editor Mr D K Srivastava points out “Business law covers a vast segment of legal materials and is ever changing. While old principles and rules are being amended, new ones are being added to cater for the emerging business environment. Business law principles are becoming more technical, if more interesting.” This course is designed to provide students with an overview of the framework of Hong Kong business law, how it operates and the basic principles upon which our daily lives are based. It identifies the functions of the law and legal relationships in business, and those situations where it is important to obtain professional legal advice. It also examines new developments in Hong Kong law as they affect the business community. It is hoped that this course will encourage students to think of law as a living subject, not a mysterious body of difficult Latin Rules. Armed with basic legal knowledge, students should be better able to identify and react to legal issues before they become problems.
Part I. A Summary of the Hong Kong Legal System 1. The Background to the Hong Kong Legal System 2. The Sources of English and Hong Kong Law 3. The Law-making Process 4. Categories of the Law 5. The SAR Legal Machine 6. Corruption and the Role of the Independent Commission Against Corruption 7. The New Law Merchant and the Internet Revolution 8. CEPA and the New Legal Landscape for Business
Part II. Introduction to Hong Kong Contract Law 9. Introduction to the Law of Contract 10. The Elements of a Binding Legal Contract 11. The Terms of a Contract 12. Types of Clauses in Contracts 13. Discharging and Enforcing Contracts 14. Types of Business Contracts
Part III. Business Contracts in the Sale of Goods and Agency 15. Sale of Goods:Consumer Protection 16. Sale of Goods:Guidelines for Business Contracts 17. The Law of Agency
Part IV. Tort and Employment Law 18. Introduction to the Law of Tort 19. Problems for the Employer 20. Introduction to Employment Law 21. The Duties of the Employee 22. Breach of the Employment Contract
Part V. The Law and Some Specific Business Relationships 23. Introduction to Insurance Law 24. Introduction to Banking Law 25. Bankers and the Banking Contract 26. The Law Relating to Guarantees 27. The Sole Trader and the Partnership 28. Introduction to Company Law 29. Introduction to Insolvency Law