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The Commercial Law short courses are suitable for those who wish to access opportunities where business and law meet and are applicable both to the current law practitioner and those in other fields.

Learning from internationally respected experts with an extensive and wide range of experience, you will develop a sound understanding of the legal aspects of finance, sales, shipping and other commercial transactions.

All of the following short courses are part of the UWA Law Masters program and participants study alongside those engaged in a full degree program.

China-Australia Relations: Trade, Finance and Law

This short course provides professionals with

  • key social, cultural, legal and economic contexts that are widely ignored or misinterpreted when discussing Chinese law and legal and political reforms;
  • details of the changes in important branches of Chinese laws such as the labour contract law and judicial independence; and
  • essential cultural and risk management skills for advising foreign companies entering into China and for engaging Chinese clients.

Event type: Four day short course
Date: Friday-Monday, 21-24 July 217
Unit Coordinator: Professor Ken Shao
Fee: TBA
Registration will be enabled mid-January 2017
More information  (assessment is for enrolled postgraduate students only)

Corporate Governance for Resources Companies

This unit examines the fundamentals of corporate governance with a particular focus on listed resources companies.  Module 1 (21-22 August) examines general corporate governance principles. Topics covered include the general principles of good corporate governance, the applicable duties of directors, stock exchange rules, the role of board committees, accounting and solvency issues. Module 2 (23-24 August) topics covered include resources and reserves issues, raising capital, common accounting problems for resources companies, dealing with the life cycle of projects and risk management.

Event type: Four day short course
Date: 21-24 August 2017
Unit Coordinator: Professor John Chandler
Fee: TBA
Registration and more information

Foundations of International Commercial Law

The unit covers key core aspects of international commercial law as an introduction to the specialised master's degree/graduate diploma. It looks in depth at the globalisation of regulation, harmonisation and unification of commercial laws, as well as regulation of commerce, the nature of commercial rules, and other important foundation subjects for studying commercial law in depth.

Event type: Five day short course - held twice, February and July
Date: 27, 28 Feb and 1,2, 6 March 2017
 31 July, 1,2,3 and 7 August 2017
Unit Coordinator: Professor Camilla Andersen
Fee: TBA
Registration will be enabled mid-January 2017
More information (assessment is for enrolled postgraduate students only)

International Commercial Arbitration

This unit considers commercial arbitration in international transactions. Among the topics discussed are advantages and disadvantages of arbitration; availability of arbitration; drafting of arbitration clauses; arbitration proceedings (including problems respecting the law governing procedural and substantive questions); judicial review of arbitral awards; and enforceability of awards. Key readings are distributed, with references to internet publications. 

Event type: Five day short course
Date: 3-7 July 2017
Unit Coordinator: Mr Kanaga Dharmananda SC
Fee: TBA
Registration will be enabled in mid-January 2017
More information (assessment is for enrolled postgraduate students only)

International Trade Financing

This short course explores in depth the financial aspects of commerce including globalised banking, sales finance (documentary letters of credit, bills of exchange, etc.) and investigates principles of documentary compliance, fraud exemptions to autonomy of banking instruments and other key issues. 

Event type: Five day short course
Date: Monday-Saturday, 1-6 May 2017
Unit Coordinator: Professor Bruno Zellor
Fee: TBA
Registration will be enabled mid-January 2017
More information (assessment is for enrolled postgraduate students only)

International Sales Law

This unit allows in-depth study of the heart of commercial activity, namely international sales. It explores the regulatory framework for sales, including commodities and other commercial sales transactions. The unit focuses on the 1980 Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (CISG) as the applicable law to two-thirds of the world's trade contracts, but also looks at parallels to the UK and Australian Sales of Goods Act.

Event type: Nine day short course
Date: 15, 16, 17, 18, 22, 23, 24, 25, 29 May 2017, from 9am to 12pm
Unit Coordinator: Professor Camilla Andersen
Fee: TBA
Registration will be enabled mid-January 2016
More information (assessment is for enrolled postgraduate students only)

International Shipping Law

This unit covers the basic principles of shipping goods commercially under a sales contract. It focuses on the carriage of goods by sea, but also considers other forms of transportation including multimodal transportation. The main regulatory framework examined is the Hague-Visby Rules, as applied in Australia and other contracting states, but competing international frameworks for shipping is covered in a comparative context (Hamburg, Hague, Rotterdam).

Event type: Six day short course
Date: 16-21 October 2017
Unit Coordinator: Professor Bruno Zeller
Fee: TBA
Registration will be enabled mid-January 2017
More information (assessment is for enrolled postgraduate students only) 

Practical Issues with Chinese Contracts & Commercial Laws

This short course provides professionals with

  • an overall discussion of how the contract law works in China;
  • an overall discussion of how the company law works in China; and
  • an overall discussion of other Chinese commercial laws such as banking law, anti-monopoly law, environment protection law, foreign investment approval, and Shanghai free trade zone.
Event type: Four day short course
Date: Saturday-Tuesday, 8-11 July 2017
Unit Coordinator: Professor Ken Shao
Fee: TBA
Registration will be enabled mid-January 2017
More information (assessment is for enrolled postgraduate students only)