CAS Asian Business Law

Aim of the course

Asian trading partners have become more and more important in the globalized economy. However, many western companies are still unfamiliar with the specificities of the Asian and especially Chinese markets. The newly offered specialization course, which will be taught in English, is designed to give participants the understanding of the regulatory and legal characteristics of Asia's key markets and thus better assess opportunities and risks.

  • Module 1: Institutional & Structural Framework
  • Module 2: Country Specific Legal Aspects of Trade and Investment

The first module deals with basic questions of cross-border issues when dealing with Asia. Beside economic and legal challenges, issues relating to the protection of investments and cross-border finance as well as the importance of free trade agreements are discussed. Furthermore, the "One Belt One Road initiative" and possible investment and trading structures will be examined.

The second module deals with country-specific legal aspects of trade and investment. The focus will be on the following countries: China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Kazakhstan, South Korea, Malaysia and Vietnam.

Target Audience

The CAS Asian Business Law (19 ECTS) is intended for professionals who wish to gain an in-depth knowledge of legal and business aspects of Asian Business Law. The course comprises of two modules:

Module Overview / Topics

Modul 1: Institutional & Structural Framework Dauer Kreditpunkte
  • Asian Trade & Investment Background
    • Economic and Infrastructure Economic Policy
    • Major Free Trade Agreements
    • Investment Protection
  • One Belt One Road Initiative
  • Trade and Investment Structures
    • Government-to-government grants
    • Export credit models (e.g. buyer credits & supplier credits)
    • EPC+F structure (engineering, procurement and construction plus financing)
    • Investment through equity interests
    • Joint Ventures
    • Public Private Partnership model (PPP), especially BOT, BTO, BOO, ROT
70 Lektionen 10 ECTS
Modul 2: Country Specific Legal Aspects of Trade and Investment Dauer Kreditpunkte
  • China
  • Hongkong
  • Indien
  • Indonesien
  • Japan
  • Kasachstan
  • Südkorea
  • Malaysia
  • Vietnam
60 Lektionen 9 ECTS

Application and eligibility

For admission to the program of study, the following requirements must be met:

  • Degree in Law at the Masters level (exceptions will be considered on a case-by-case basis)
  • Professional experience
  • Good verbal and written knowledge of the teaching languages, English.

Teaching language

The entire course is conducted in English. 


The Faculty of Law of the University of Zurich awards successful graduates of the program with a Certificate of Advanced Studies UZH in Asian Business Law (19 ECTS)


Participants must complete either graded examinations, presentations or written paper for each module.

The exams take place one month after completion of the module.

Dates and times

The CAS starts in September 2021 and ends in February 2022 (+ exams afterwards). The course entails approximately 130 lessons (2 modules).

Classes are held Friday afternoons and Saturday mornings.


CHF 9,500* included in the tuition costs are the costs for course materials, examination fees as well as one block seminar (2 days).

* subject to change


Deadline: 30 April 2020 (!)

We ask you to submit the completed application form, together with:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • a copy of your university diploma(s)
  • a copy of your passport
  • an electronic passport photo
  • as well as copies of any relevant certificates


The CAS can be counted towards the LL.M. program.


--> The specialization courses are only offered with a sufficient number of participants.