2016 Course Descriptions

Comparative Election Law

Taught by Yap and Tokaji

Cultural Heritage and the Environment

Taught by Gruber and Boer

Entrepreneurship and the Law

Taught by Ward and Shen

FinTech: Legal Issues and the New Paradigms in Financial Services

Taught by Arner and Itzikowitz

Introduction to American Law

Taught by Haagen and Dimond

Introduction to Law and Development

This course discusses the potential connections between law, economic growth, and innovation, particularly in the developing world.  Drawing from a number of historical and contemporary examples, centering around the several industrial revolutions that have driven human economic development over the past two-and-a-half centuries, it considers the socioeconomic consequences of legal and quasi-legal institutions, and asks whether current problems, ranging from poverty to inequality, can be solved by legal solutions.  Paper required, no exam.

Taught by Zhang and Ling


"Being in Hong Kong was an extremely stimulating experience. With the Asian economy still going strong amidst the Global Financial Crisis, it was hard not to get excited just by the dynamic environment of the city, where so many major international deals of the region are executed. The Institute itself was a great experience and in many ways helped me recognize the link between law school and the practice of law. My classes were both timely and practical. However, what I most valued was the opportunity to get to know both my classmates and my professors in a way that is not possible during the regular school year. Living in Robert Black College, which is small enough to create a very familial atmosphere, lent itself to forming genuine bonds with classmates and professors that I will continue to value for a very long time."

— Vivian Chow, participant from Duke Law School