About Professor Vivienne Bath

Chinese law and comparative analysis; international business and commercial law; the relationship between international and domestic law; trade and investment.

Professor Bath is a full-time and world leading researcher in Chinese law and international business law. My primary research interests are in the areas of trade, business, administrative and corporate law in China, as well as China’s role in the international law (particularly trade and investment law) sector and in the international business law area. Associate Professor in Law, Faculty of Law, University of Sydney, and Director of the Centre for Asian and Pacific Law at the University of Sydney. Prior to joining the Faculty of Law, Vivienne Bath was a partner of international firm Coudert Brothers, working in the Hong Kong and Sydney offices, and specialising in commercial law, with a focus on foreign investment and commercial transactions in the People's Republic of China. I previously practised as a commercial lawyer in New York and Sydney, and worked in the Federal Office of Parliamentary Counsel as a parliamentary draftsman.

I have published widely in the area of Chinese law and am a frequent participant in conferences and seminars focussing on developments in the Chinese legal regime. I have spoken and published widely in the area of Chinese law, both as an academic and as a lawyer working in the area of Chinese law.I joined the University of Sydney at the beginning of 2005, where I took up the position of Senior Lecturer and Director of the Centre for Asian and Pacific Law. I became an Associate Professor in 2010, Associate Dean (International Students) and Chair of the China Studies Centre Research Committee in 2011. My main focus has been building up the Asian law offerings at the Faculty of Law.  I teach International Business Law, and also offer post-graduate courses in Doing Business in China and an Introduction to Chinese Law, as well as an undergraduate course in Chinese Laws and Chinese Legal Systems.I am also the convenor of the Shanghai Winter School, which is a course conducted by Sydney University and the East China University of Politics and Law in Shanghai at the end of each year at both an undergraduate and postgraduate level.During my years of practice in New York, Hong Kong and Sydney, I specialised in corporate and commercial law, with particular focus on foreign investment, mergers and acquisitions, private equity finance and international business and trade law.

My practice area was concentrated on China, although I also worked in Thailand, the Philippines and Indonesia.  I worked on a large number of projects for US, European, Australian and multi-national companies across a broad range of industries, including consumer goods, beer and breweries, electronic appliances and particularly oil and gas.   My work included advising on, structuring and drafting and negotiating the documents in relation to joint ventures (onshore and offshore), natural resources transactions, share and asset sales, and similar transactions.  

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