Doing Business in Emerging Markets in 2010

3 February 2010

Professor Paul Stephan from the University of Virginia Law School is teaching a new postgraduate course at the Law School in 2010 on doing business in emerging markets.

The subject examines common commercial, tax and regulatory issues that arise from cross-border investment into emerging market economies. Topics to be examined include:

  • the special challenges of investing in emerging market economies
  • organisational forms commonly used in emerging market economics
  • financing options
  • host state regulatory regimes and limits on the activities of foreign investors
  • dispute resolution systems, and sovereign risk issues
  • tax issues in developing countries
  • home state regulatory issues, including domestic anti-corruption measures, money laundering and human rights regimes.

The course has a special focus on issues associated with investing into former Soviet Union countries, and the famous Yukos case will be considered.

Professor Stephan is the John C Jeffries Jr Distinguished Professor of Law and Elizabeth D and Richard A Merrill Professor of Law at the University of Virginia, and an expert on international business law. He has special experience dealing with former Soviet Union countries and has worked on projects for US Treasury and international organisations involving the Russian Federation, countries in central and eastern Europe and in the Middle East. During 2006-07 he served as counsellor on international law in the US Department of State. His latest book Doing Business in Emerging Markets was published by Foundation in 2009. He has taught at M√ľnster University, Lausanne University, Melbourne University, the University of Pantheon-Assas Paris and at Sciences Po.

The unit is available to study through the following Sydney Law School degree programmes:

Candidates can also enrol in the subject on a Legal Professional Development (LPD), Single Unit Enrolment or Cross-Institutional basis.

For further enquiries or to apply or enrol, please contact the Postgraduate Team.

The course will be taught in an intensive format, 5-11 May 2010