Contract law provides an essential legal framework for every business transaction. This course provides a unique opportunity to understand and analyse Chinese contract law through the lens of the common law of Australia. The course will focus on a range of selected topics including contract negotiation/formation, fairness regulation and remedies and compare differing judicial solutions offered by Australian and Chinese courts to shared real-life contract problems.

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Associate Professor Qiao Liu

Associate Professor Qiao LiuDr Qiao Liu is currently an Associate Professor in the TC Beirne School of Law, The University of Queensland (Australia). He obtained his DPhil in law from the University of Oxford. Prior to joining the School in 2007, Professor Liu lectured at the University of the West of England (Bristol). He has also taught part-time at the University of Leicester and the Shanghai Institute of Foreign Trade. He was a Lee Ka Shing Visiting Professor at the Faculty of Law, McGill University from January to June 2016, a visiting scholar at the Harvard Law School from July to August 2012 and is an Adjunct Professor of Comparative Law at the School of Law of Xi'an Jiaotong University (China).

Associate Professor Liu teaches and researches in contract, commercial law and Chinese law, with a particular interest in comparative study of Chinese and Anglo-Australian private law. He has published in the Modern Law Review, American Journal of Comparative Law, the Cambridge Law Journal, the Sydney Law Review, Legal Studies, Lloyd's Maritime and Commercial Law Quarterly and University of New South Wales Law Journal (all A* journals according to the 2010 ARC ranking table). His book entitled Anticipatory Breach (Hart Publishing Oxford 2011) was extensively cited as an authority in the area by epic common law courts and has been favourably reviewed by leading scholars in the field.

Associate Professor Liu co-authored a leading contract text with Professor Ewan McKendrick of the University of Oxford, Contract Law (Australian Edition, Palgrave Macmillan, 2015). He also translated Peter Birks' seminal book 'Unjust Enrichment' (2nd edn OUP 2005) into Chinese (Tsinghua University Press, 2012). He serves currently as the Editor-in-Chief of the Chinese Journal of Comparative Law (OUP) and holds membership or executive roles in a number of academic societies in the UK, China and Europe as well as in Australia. He was elected a member of the International Academy of Comparative Law early 2013. He was a member of a small expert group working with the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) Secretariat on the updating of the Digest on the Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods.

Associate Professor Liu has obtained several major research funds in both Australia and China including a highly prestigious ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award, a UQ Foundation Research Excellence Award, and a New Century Excellent Talents Award from the Chinese Ministry of Education.

Course presenter

Mr John McKenna QCJohn McKenna QC

Barrister; President, University of Queensland Law Graduates Association; Chairman, Incorporated Council of Law Reporting for the State of Queensland; Chairman, History and Publications Sub-Committee of the Supreme Court of Queensland Library; Hon Secretary (Qld), Association of Rhodes Scholars in Australia; Editor Queensland Legal Yearbook (from 2011); Author Supreme Court of Queensland: A Concise History (2012, UQP).

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