Professor Vivienne Bath

BA (Asian Studies) (Hons) LLB (Hons) (ANU) LLM (Harvard)
Professor of Chinese & International Business Law
Director, Centre for Asian and Pacific Law
Chair, Research Committee, China Studies Centre

F10 - Law School (Camperdown)
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9351 0209
Fax +61 2 9351 0200

Website Centre for Asian and Pacific Law
China Studies Centre
Papers on the Social Science Research Network (SSRN)

Biographical details

Vivienne’s teaching and research interests are in International Business Law and Chinese law (particularly Chinese investment and commercial law). She has first class honours in Chinese and in Law from the Australian National University, and a Master of Laws from Harvard University. She is admitted to practice in Australia, New York, England and Wales and Hong Kong and, prior to joining Sydney Law School, was a partner of international law firm Coudert Brothers.

Vivienne has extensive professional experience in Sydney, New York and Hong Kong, specialising in international commercial law, with a focus on foreign investment and commercial transactions in the People's Republic of China and the Asian region.

Representative publications include: Burnett and Bath, Law of International Business in Australasia, Federation Press, 2009; Bath, V, ‘Foreign investment, the national interest and national security – foreign direct investment in Australia and China,’ (2012) 34 Sydney Law Review 5-34; Bath and Nottage (eds), Foreign Investment and Dispute Resolution Law and Practice in Asia, Routledge, 2011. Professor Bath speaks Chinese (mandarin) and German.

Research interests

  • Chinese law with a focus on investment and commercial law
  • International business and commercial law
  • Private international law
  • International economic law, with a focus on investment law and bilateral free trade arrangements

Teaching and supervision

  • Private International Law
  • International Business Law
  • International Commercial Transactions
  • Doing Business in China
  • Shanghai Winter School

Associations

  • Solicitor, New South Wales; Barrister and Solicitor, Australian Capital Territory
  • Attorney, State of New York, United States of America
  • Solicitor, England and Wales
  • Solicitor, Hong Kong
  • Vice-President, NSW Branch of the Australia-China Business Council
  • Member of the International Law Association
  • Member of the American Society of International Law

Selected grants

2014

  • Sydney Law School- National University of Singapore Symposium; McDonald B, Bath V, Brown C, Courtney W, McCracken S, Rolph D, Weatherall K, Tan Kah Heng D; DVC International/IPDF Grant.

2011

  • Legal Reform in the Asian Region - collaborative project between the University of Hawaii Law School and Sydney Law School; Bath V; DVC International/IPDF Grant.

2009

  • Research studies on the organisation and functiong of the justice system in five selected countries (China, Indonesia, Japan, Republic of Korea and Russian Federation); Nottage L, Bath V, Butt S; United Nations Development Programme/Research Support.

Selected publications & creative works

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Books

  • Burnett, R., Bath, V. (2009). Law of International Business in Australasia. Sydney, Australia: The Federation Press.

Edited Books

  • Bath, V., Nottage, L. (2011). Foreign Investment and Dispute Resolution Law and Practice in Asia. Abingdon: Routledge imprint of Taylor & Francis.

Book Chapters

  • Nottage, L., Bath, V. (2015). Asian Investment and the Growth of Regional Investment Agreements (Forthcoming). In Christoph Antons (Eds.), Routledge Handbook of Asian Law. United Kingdom: Routledge.
  • Nottage, L., Bath, V. (2014). ASEAN and the ASEAN Australia New Zealand Free Trade Agreement (Forthcoming). In M Bungenberg, J Griebel, A Reinisch and S Hobe (Eds.), International Investment Law. forthcoming: Nomos.
  • Bath, V. (2014). The Legal System in China and the Handling of Accidents and Disasters. In Simon Butt, Hitoshi Nasu, Luke Nottage (Eds.), Asia-Pacific Disaster Management: Comparative and Socio-legal Perspectives, (pp. 197-216). Heidelberg: Springer.
  • Bath, V. (2013). ASEAN: The Liberalization of Investment Through Regional Agreements. In Leon Trakman and Nicola Ranieri (Eds.), Regionalism in International Investment Law, (pp. 182-213). New York, United States of America: Oxford University Press.
  • Bath, V. (2011). China. In J Du Plessis, A Hargovan and M Bagaric (Eds.), Principles of Contemporary Corporate Governance, Second edition, (pp. 386-415). New York: Cambridge University Press.
  • Bath, V., Nottage, L. (2011). Foreign Investment and Dispute Resolution Law and Practice in Asia: An Overview. In Vivienne Bath and Luke Nottage (Eds.), Foreign Investment and Dispute Resolution Law and Practice in Asia, (pp. 1-24). Abingdon: Routledge imprint of Taylor & Francis.
  • Bath, V. (2011). The Quandary for Chinese Regulators: Controlling the Flow of Investment into and out of China. In Vivienne Bath and Luke Nottage (Eds.), Foreign Investment and Dispute Resolution Law and Practice in Asia, (pp. 68-89). Abingdon: Routledge imprint of Taylor & Francis.
  • Bath, V., Ip, M. (2011). Wealth and loss in changing economic times: Reforms in bankruptcy and consumer protection laws. In John Garrick (Eds.), Law, Wealth and Power in China: Commercial law reforms in context, (pp. 231-250). New York, United States: Routledge imprint of Taylor & Francis.
  • Bath, V. (2009). The WTO and China's Transparency Requirements. In Chen, Chunlai (Eds.), Chinas Integration with the Global Economy: WTO Accession, Foreign Direct Investment and International Trade, (pp. 53-70). United Kingdom: Edward Elgar Publishing.
  • Bath, V. (2007). Les rapports Doing Buiness de la Banque mondiale - Reglementations et reforme en Chine et en Australie: les cas de la creation d'entreprise et de l'execution des contrats (The World Bank Doing Business Reports - Regulation and Change in China and Australia). In Judith Gibson and Bertrand du Marais (Eds.), Refomes du droit economique et development en Asie: Enseignements de la Chine, de l'Indonesie et de la Thailande (Reforms in Economic Law and development in Asia: Lessons from China, Indonesia and Thailand), (pp. 91-114). Paris, France: La Documentation francaise.

Journals

  • Bath, V. (2013). National Security and Chinese Investment Policy. Harvard Business Law Review, 3, 81-91.
  • Bath, V. (2012). Foreign Investment, the National Interest and National Security - Foreign Direct Investment in Australia and China. Sydney Law Review, 34(1), 5-34.
  • Bath, V., Nottage, L. (2012). Introduction: Asian Investment and Finance Law. Sydney Law Review, 34(1), 1-4.
  • Bath, V. (2011). China, International Business, and the Criminal Law. Asian-Pacific Law and Policy Journal, 13(1), 1-35.
  • Bath, V. (2008). Reducing the Role of Government - The Chinese Experiment. Asian Journal of Comparative Law, 3(1), 9-1-9-37.
  • Bath, V. (2007). The Company Law and Foreign Investment Enterprises in the PRC – Parallel Systems of Chinese-Foreign Regulation. University of New South Wales Law Journal, 30(3), 774-785.
  • Bath, V. (2006). The Power of One. The Diplomat, 58(Dec 06).
  • Bath, V. (2003). Corporate Governance in Asia: Recent Developments. The Australian Corporate Lawyer, December 2003, 10-12.
  • Bath, V. (2002). China's New Rules for Fund Management JVs. AVCJ Weekly, 15 August 2002.

Edited Journals

  • Bath, V., Nottage, L. (2012). Sydney Law Review: Asian Investment and Finance Law. Sydney Law Review, 34(1).
  • Bath, V., Nottage, L. (2012). The Sydney Law Review. Sydney Law Review, 34(1).

Conferences

  • Bath, V. (2014). Investment Liberalization and Free Trade Agreements - China, Australia and ASEAN. Sydney Law School - National University of Singapore Symposium 2014, Sydney, NSW: Presentation.
  • Bath, V. (2013). The Chinese Government and Litigation Overseas. 8th Annual Europe-China Law Studies Association Conference (ECLS) 2013: New Approaches and New Questions in Chinese Law, Oxford, England: Presentation.
  • Bath, V. (2010). China: The Interaction of Commercial and Criminal Law. Sydney University – National University of Singapore Symposium 2010, Singapore: Presentation.
  • Bath, V., Nottage, L. (2010). Introduction: Investment Treaties and Foreign (Direct) Investment In and Out of Asia. Investment in Asia Book and Sydney Law Review Project Paper Discussion Workshop 2010, Sydney, NSW: Presentation.
  • Bath, V. (2010). Law, Politics and Business in China. Australian National University College of Law 2010, Canberra, ACT: Presentation.
  • Bath, V. (2010). Legal Issues for Foreign Business in China. Confucius Institute, University of Adelaide 2010, Adelaide, SA: Presentation.
  • Bath, V. (2010). Reform for Innovation and Enterprise – International Trade and Investment. Sydney University Seminar, World Expo 2010, Shanghai, China: Presentation.
  • Bath, V. (2010). Regulating the Development of Energy Resources: the Difficult Relationship Between Domestic Regulation and International Relations. Commonwealth Roundtable on Energy Security and International Trade Law, World Expo 2010, Shanghai, China: Presentation.
  • Bath, V. (2010). Responsibilities of States in Connection with Outbound Investment: the Case of China. 18th Annual Australia and New Zealand Society of International Law Conference (ANZSIL 2010): International Law in the Second Decade of the 21st Century: Back to the Future or Business As Usual?, Canberra, ACT: Presentation.
  • Bath, V. (2010). The Quandary for Chinese Regulators — Controlling the Flow of Investment into and out of China. International Investment Treaty Law and Arbitration Conference 2010: Evolution and Revolution in Substance and Procedure, Sydney, NSW: Presentation.
  • Bath, V. (2010). The Quandary for Chinese Regulators: Controlling the Flow of Investment Into and Out of China. Investment in Asia Book and Sydney Law Review Project Paper Discussion Workshop 2010, Sydney, NSW: Presentation.

Magazine / Newspaper Articles

  • Bath, V. (2004). Developments in PRC Labour Law in 2003. Human Resources Journal, March 2004, pages 37-39.

Report

  • Bath, V. (2007). The World Bank Doing Business Reports – Regulation and Change in China and Australia.

Other

  • Bath, V. (2010), A Response to Rio Tinto – A Different Opinion from Australia.
  • Bath, V. (2010), The Chinese legal system and the Stern Hu case.
  • Bath, V. (2010), The Stern Hu trial – Results and follow-up on the verdict.
  • Bath, V. (2006), Global Asian Survey Asian Corporate Governance: The Power of One.

Research Reports

  • Bath, V., Biddulph, S. (2010). Research Studies on the Organisation and Functioning of the Justice System in Five Selected Countries (China, Indonesia, Japan, Republic of Korea and Russian Federation) - China, (pp. 1 - 276). Vietnam: Judicial Publishing House.

2015

  • Nottage, L., Bath, V. (2015). Asian Investment and the Growth of Regional Investment Agreements (Forthcoming). In Christoph Antons (Eds.), Routledge Handbook of Asian Law. United Kingdom: Routledge.

2014

  • Nottage, L., Bath, V. (2014). ASEAN and the ASEAN Australia New Zealand Free Trade Agreement (Forthcoming). In M Bungenberg, J Griebel, A Reinisch and S Hobe (Eds.), International Investment Law. forthcoming: Nomos.
  • Bath, V. (2014). Investment Liberalization and Free Trade Agreements - China, Australia and ASEAN. Sydney Law School - National University of Singapore Symposium 2014, Sydney, NSW: Presentation.
  • Bath, V. (2014). The Legal System in China and the Handling of Accidents and Disasters. In Simon Butt, Hitoshi Nasu, Luke Nottage (Eds.), Asia-Pacific Disaster Management: Comparative and Socio-legal Perspectives, (pp. 197-216). Heidelberg: Springer.

2013

  • Bath, V. (2013). ASEAN: The Liberalization of Investment Through Regional Agreements. In Leon Trakman and Nicola Ranieri (Eds.), Regionalism in International Investment Law, (pp. 182-213). New York, United States of America: Oxford University Press.
  • Bath, V. (2013). National Security and Chinese Investment Policy. Harvard Business Law Review, 3, 81-91.
  • Bath, V. (2013). The Chinese Government and Litigation Overseas. 8th Annual Europe-China Law Studies Association Conference (ECLS) 2013: New Approaches and New Questions in Chinese Law, Oxford, England: Presentation.

2012

  • Bath, V. (2012). Foreign Investment, the National Interest and National Security - Foreign Direct Investment in Australia and China. Sydney Law Review, 34(1), 5-34.
  • Bath, V., Nottage, L. (2012). Introduction: Asian Investment and Finance Law. Sydney Law Review, 34(1), 1-4.
  • Bath, V., Nottage, L. (2012). Sydney Law Review: Asian Investment and Finance Law. Sydney Law Review, 34(1).
  • Bath, V., Nottage, L. (2012). The Sydney Law Review. Sydney Law Review, 34(1).

2011

  • Bath, V. (2011). China. In J Du Plessis, A Hargovan and M Bagaric (Eds.), Principles of Contemporary Corporate Governance, Second edition, (pp. 386-415). New York: Cambridge University Press.
  • Bath, V. (2011). China, International Business, and the Criminal Law. Asian-Pacific Law and Policy Journal, 13(1), 1-35.
  • Bath, V., Nottage, L. (2011). Foreign Investment and Dispute Resolution Law and Practice in Asia. Abingdon: Routledge imprint of Taylor & Francis.
  • Bath, V., Nottage, L. (2011). Foreign Investment and Dispute Resolution Law and Practice in Asia: An Overview. In Vivienne Bath and Luke Nottage (Eds.), Foreign Investment and Dispute Resolution Law and Practice in Asia, (pp. 1-24). Abingdon: Routledge imprint of Taylor & Francis.
  • Bath, V. (2011). The Quandary for Chinese Regulators: Controlling the Flow of Investment into and out of China. In Vivienne Bath and Luke Nottage (Eds.), Foreign Investment and Dispute Resolution Law and Practice in Asia, (pp. 68-89). Abingdon: Routledge imprint of Taylor & Francis.
  • Bath, V., Ip, M. (2011). Wealth and loss in changing economic times: Reforms in bankruptcy and consumer protection laws. In John Garrick (Eds.), Law, Wealth and Power in China: Commercial law reforms in context, (pp. 231-250). New York, United States: Routledge imprint of Taylor & Francis.

2010

  • Bath, V. (2010), A Response to Rio Tinto – A Different Opinion from Australia.
  • Bath, V. (2010). China: The Interaction of Commercial and Criminal Law. Sydney University – National University of Singapore Symposium 2010, Singapore: Presentation.
  • Bath, V., Nottage, L. (2010). Introduction: Investment Treaties and Foreign (Direct) Investment In and Out of Asia. Investment in Asia Book and Sydney Law Review Project Paper Discussion Workshop 2010, Sydney, NSW: Presentation.
  • Bath, V. (2010). Law, Politics and Business in China. Australian National University College of Law 2010, Canberra, ACT: Presentation.
  • Bath, V. (2010). Legal Issues for Foreign Business in China. Confucius Institute, University of Adelaide 2010, Adelaide, SA: Presentation.
  • Bath, V. (2010). Reform for Innovation and Enterprise – International Trade and Investment. Sydney University Seminar, World Expo 2010, Shanghai, China: Presentation.
  • Bath, V. (2010). Regulating the Development of Energy Resources: the Difficult Relationship Between Domestic Regulation and International Relations. Commonwealth Roundtable on Energy Security and International Trade Law, World Expo 2010, Shanghai, China: Presentation.
  • Bath, V., Biddulph, S. (2010). Research Studies on the Organisation and Functioning of the Justice System in Five Selected Countries (China, Indonesia, Japan, Republic of Korea and Russian Federation) - China, (pp. 1 - 276). Vietnam: Judicial Publishing House.
  • Bath, V. (2010). Responsibilities of States in Connection with Outbound Investment: the Case of China. 18th Annual Australia and New Zealand Society of International Law Conference (ANZSIL 2010): International Law in the Second Decade of the 21st Century: Back to the Future or Business As Usual?, Canberra, ACT: Presentation.
  • Bath, V. (2010), The Chinese legal system and the Stern Hu case.
  • Bath, V. (2010). The Quandary for Chinese Regulators — Controlling the Flow of Investment into and out of China. International Investment Treaty Law and Arbitration Conference 2010: Evolution and Revolution in Substance and Procedure, Sydney, NSW: Presentation.
  • Bath, V. (2010). The Quandary for Chinese Regulators: Controlling the Flow of Investment Into and Out of China. Investment in Asia Book and Sydney Law Review Project Paper Discussion Workshop 2010, Sydney, NSW: Presentation.
  • Bath, V. (2010), The Stern Hu trial – Results and follow-up on the verdict.

2009

  • Burnett, R., Bath, V. (2009). Law of International Business in Australasia. Sydney, Australia: The Federation Press.
  • Bath, V. (2009). The WTO and China's Transparency Requirements. In Chen, Chunlai (Eds.), Chinas Integration with the Global Economy: WTO Accession, Foreign Direct Investment and International Trade, (pp. 53-70). United Kingdom: Edward Elgar Publishing.

2008

  • Bath, V. (2008). Reducing the Role of Government - The Chinese Experiment. Asian Journal of Comparative Law, 3(1), 9-1-9-37.

2007

  • Bath, V. (2007). Les rapports Doing Buiness de la Banque mondiale - Reglementations et reforme en Chine et en Australie: les cas de la creation d'entreprise et de l'execution des contrats (The World Bank Doing Business Reports - Regulation and Change in China and Australia). In Judith Gibson and Bertrand du Marais (Eds.), Refomes du droit economique et development en Asie: Enseignements de la Chine, de l'Indonesie et de la Thailande (Reforms in Economic Law and development in Asia: Lessons from China, Indonesia and Thailand), (pp. 91-114). Paris, France: La Documentation francaise.
  • Bath, V. (2007). The Company Law and Foreign Investment Enterprises in the PRC – Parallel Systems of Chinese-Foreign Regulation. University of New South Wales Law Journal, 30(3), 774-785.
  • Bath, V. (2007). The World Bank Doing Business Reports – Regulation and Change in China and Australia.

2006

  • Bath, V. (2006), Global Asian Survey Asian Corporate Governance: The Power of One.
  • Bath, V. (2006). The Power of One. The Diplomat, 58(Dec 06).

2004

  • Bath, V. (2004). Developments in PRC Labour Law in 2003. Human Resources Journal, March 2004, pages 37-39.

2003

  • Bath, V. (2003). Corporate Governance in Asia: Recent Developments. The Australian Corporate Lawyer, December 2003, 10-12.

2002

  • Bath, V. (2002). China's New Rules for Fund Management JVs. AVCJ Weekly, 15 August 2002.

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