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Chinese law and investments in Africa - Master's course


Are you interested in Chinese law and investment in Africa, but don’t want to study full-time? Do you only need to brush up on various aspects of Chinese law and policy? Sign up for this UCT master's course, attending only those lectures that interest you!

The course introduces Chinese contemporary law by giving an overview of the development of Chinese law, the Constitution, legal culture and systems in mainland China. The focus of the course is on the distinctive elements of Chinese law and policies as they affect foreign investments. It will provide basic concepts about China needed to understand how to interact with the Chinese legal system, its policy and political interests in Africa.

This nine-lecture course will assist lawyers and other professionals to navigate China's emerging role in the global economy, with a specific focus on China's investments in Africa.

When and where?

The course runs from 3 September to 11 October 2021, 14:00 to 16:00 SAST.

The very first session is introductory and is offered at no cost. All students are encouraged to attend this session in order to orientate themselves in the course.

The final session is for the Masters students to present their group work. External students are welcome to attend this session, although it is not required. This session is also free of cost.

This course will be held remotely, most likely on Zoom - exact details will be sent to registered participants a few days before the course.


Date Lesson Topic Fee
Friday, 3 September Lesson 0 Introduction
About the class
Lecture 1 preparation
Monday, 6 September Lesson 1 China-Africa Relations
Chinese investments in Africa: Economic ties, policies and politics.
Introduction to Forum on China Africa relations (FOCAC) and Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) in relation to Africa
Wednesday, 8 September Lesson 2 Development of Chinese Law
Constitution to Civil code
The paramount law of China and legal system
Explore law with Chinese characteristics
Monday, 13 September Lesson 3 Chinese Investments in Africa: Law and Cooperation 1
FOCAC Legal Forum
China Africa research
Beijing Consensus
Wednesday, 15 September Lesson 4 Chinese Investments in Africa: Law and Cooperation 2
Labour relations
Environmental regulations
Legal issues in Special Economic Zones
Monday, 27 September Lesson 5 China Economic Law
Economic institutions: NDRC, SASAC, CCPIT
Establishment of foreign institutions: SEZ, FIL
Wednesday, 29 September Lesson 6 Alternative Dispute Resolution
Arbitrations Law in China
China Africa Arbitration: CAJAC
Monday, 4 October Lesson 7 Contract Law
(B2B) Business to Business
Contract law
Wednesday, 6 October Lesson 8 Africa-China Contracts
(G2G) Government to Government
Resources for infrastructure  contracts
Monday, 11 October Lesson 9 China IP: Trademark
Trademark law in China
Trademark cases
Trademark squatters risk mitigation
Wednesday, 13 October Lesson 10 Class group presentations Free


Who will benefit from this course?

Lawyers, students, legal practitioners, policy makers, sinologists, negotiators and advisors in offices dealing with China


Tebogo Lefifi holds an LLM in Chinese business law from Hong Kong Open University and is a doctoral candidate in the Centre for Comparative Law in Africa (CCLA) at UCT. She holds a BCom from the University of KwaZulu-Natal and has also completed postgraduate certificates and courses in finance and economics. She spent a decade studying Chinese business, language and law in China. During this time, she worked with universities, corporations and government departments advising on research and regulatory environment in China. She was a chief representative for various organisations in China including the official South African national brand agency 'Brand South Africa' and Stellenbosch University's Centre for Chinese Studies thinktank. She is the executive director of Sino-Afric@Work, an Africa-China advisory company, and serves on advisory boards of various China-Africa businesses and initiatives. She co-founded an applied thinktank, Sino-Africa Centre of Excellence (SACE), which published and carried out the China Business Perception Index in various countries in Africa. Tebogo has become a thought leader on Africa-China relations and featured in key Chinese and African media. She has served on various China-Africa advisory boards. She is a member of the China-Africa Wildlife Conservation Council (CAWCC), an Aspen Institute and Africa Wildlife Foundation initiative. She served on Yale University's Visiting Women's Executive Exchange Program (VWEEP) advisory board as well as the South Africa China Business Association (SACBA). She is a member of the Institute of Directors (SA).

How much?

Each individual lecture costs R1,500. Alternatively you can attend the whole course for R10,000.


A certificate of attendance from UCT

Please note that this course is not credit-bearing and cannot be taken as an elective towards a degree programme.

How to sign up

Download and complete the registration form, and return it to us. We will then send you the payment information. Please note that registrations will not be accepted until payment has been made.

Registrations close three days before the course starts.

Download the brochure.

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