Major Courses

Department of Law


The Theory of Financial Laws

Content: Financial Law is one of the basic courses of the financial law majors, as well as financial and insurance majors, atShanghaiFinanceUniversity. Financial law is a body of law, which is an important part of the Chinese legal system for market economy, and includes mainly banking law, monetary law, negotiable instruments law, securities law, trust law, investment fund law, insurance law, and so on.

The course of financial law is a basic course for all students ofShanghaiFinanceUniversity, and the most important Content thereof are as follows: general principles of financial law, law for financial control and supervision, financial institutions law, banking law, monetary law, negotiable instruments law, securities law, trust law, investment fund law, insurance law, and international financial law.


International Economic Law

Content: The course mainly introduces the basic knowledge and theories of the international economic law, including: (1) the outline of international economic law, especially on the introduction of the features and principles of international economic law; (2) rules of WTO, with focus on the introduction of three main agreements of WTO, i.e. GATT, GATS and TRIPS; (3)  international investment law, with focus on the introduction of national law and international treaties of international investment; (4) international financial law, with focus on the introduction of international financial organizations and the rules of international commercial loans; (5) international tax law, with focus on the jurisdiction of taxation and the problems of international double taxation.


International Business Law

Content: The course mainly introduces the basic knowledge and theories of the international business law, including: (1) the outline of international business law, especially on the introduction of the sources of international business law and the legal systems; (2) international sale of goods, with focus on the introduction of CISG; (3) international business customs, with focus on  INCOTERMS 2000; (4) international transport law, with focus on bills of lading; (5) means of international payment, with focus on letters of credit; (6) international protection of intellectual property rights; (7) international products liability law. 


Economic Law

Content: Economic Law is a basic important course in a college or a university, especially for the economics major and management major. It includes all of the laws and regulations referred to market economy, such as business organizations, including corporation law, partnership and other enterprise, contract law, finance law, intellectual property rights law, litigation and arbitration law and so on. It is very important and it can give us an basis to study other economic courses.


Intellectual Property law

Content: The course focuses on the basic concepts of intellectual property, and the objects to be protected, and systematically states theories and various systems of the Copyright Law, Patent Law, Trademark Law, intellectual property rights related to the anti-unfair competition law, and the major international conventions principles and Content on the protection of intellectual property rights. 

In this course of study, students can understand the basic situation of international protection of intellectual property, the status of legal protection of intellectual property rights. Moreover, the students can master key Content of intellectual property legal system inChinaand will be able to use theories to solve practical problems.


Contract Law

Content: Contract plays a very important role in all fields of our economic life. And contract law, as a basic law in the market economy, takes an indispensable position in the socialist legal system. This course aims to enable students to understand the main system, the fundamental theory, and great significance of the contract law. Through a number of common examples, the students will learn how to make a effective contract and how to settle disputes in the implementation of a contract. The course also helps students to protect their own rights by use of contract law and establish the ideas of autonomy, good faith, justice and fairness as well as legal logic.



Jurisprudence is the theory and philosophy of law. Scholars of jurisprudence, or legal philosophers, hope to obtain a deeper understanding of the nature of law, of legal reasoning, legal systems and of legal institutions. As jurisprudence has developed, in the western world, there are three main aspects with which scholarly writing engages: Firstly, natural law, which is the idea that there are unchangeable laws of nature which govern us, and that our laws and institutions should try to align with this natural law. Secondly, analytic jurisprudence, which asks questions distinctive to legal philosophy like, "What is law?" "What are the criteria for legal validity?" or "What is the relationship between law and morality?" and other such questions that legal philosophers may engage. Thirdly, normative jurisprudence, which asks what law ought to be. It is close to political philosophy, and includes questions of whether one ought to obey the law, on what grounds law-breakers might properly be punished, the proper uses and limits of regulation, how judges ought to decide cases. InChina, the jurisprudence and philosophy of law is dominated primarily by Marxist academics.


The Science of Constitution

This course is one of key courses of the Science of Law in colleges and universities. Its main Content usually include Introduction and other three parts. Introduction concerns the concept and the basic problem of the Science of Constitution. The first part, Fundamental Theories of Constitution, respectively expounds the concept of constitution, constitutional forms and structure, constitutional norms and principles, the value and roles of constitution, constitutionalism, the history and development and constitution. The second part, Fundamental Norms and Systems of Constitution, includes State Nature, State Forms, State Organizations, citizen’s basic rights and obligations, election system and the system of political party. The third part, Fundamental Practice of Constitutional, gives the basic frame of constitutional operation including constitutional initiative, constitutional enforcement and safeguard, and the system of unconstitutional review.


Chinese Legal History

The Chinese Legal history is one of the basic course of the law majors, and also one important basic discipline in the realm of law with dual requirements in history and law. The main Content of the course include the legal systems of the Chinese ancient dynasties from Shang Dynasty through the Republic of China, including nearly all dynasties ofChina. Through this Course, the students will learn and grasp the legal thoughts and systems in the history of China, so as to get the ability to do contributions to the modernization of the present legal system of China.