Instructor(s): Mitchell Wigdor

For graduate students, the course number is LAW2039HS.

This course can be used to satisfy either the Perspective or the International/Comparative/Transnational
course requirement.

Note: The Blackboard program will be used for this course. Students must self-enrol in Blackboard as soon as confirmed in the course in order to obtain course information.

How can governments in emerging markets create an enabling environment that allows business to thrive? This seminar will examine foreign and domestic investment, primarily in Asia, and the mechanisms by which governments can foster growth through their policies, laws and institutions. The course will begin with a brief examination of some of the theoretical and practical challenges faced by the governments of emerging countries. Drawing heavily upon the experience of East Asia, the focus will shift to the specific means employed by governments to stimulate investment and the opportunities and difficulties faced by businesses in those economies. Classes will address individual topics including, foreign direct investment, information technology adoption, human capital development and entrepreneurship. Attention will also be devoted to common issues in negotiating transactions abroad, such as cross-cultural differences.

Evaluation
Class attendance and contribution to discussion (10%), an in class collaborative case study presentation (10%), two short papers (approximately 750 words each) analyzing and discussing readings (15% each) and a 3,500 word final research paper (50%).

At a Glance

Second Term
Credits
3
Hours
2
Perspective course
ICT

Enrolment

Maximum
24

14 JD
5 LLM/SJD/MSL/NDEGS/SJD U

5 MGA students

Schedule

T: 4:10 - 6:00