Are you interested in Chinese law and investment in Africa, but don’t want to study full-time? UCT Law@work is pleased to offer a unique opportunity for you to join a two-week master's class in Chinese law, and earn a UCT certificate of completion.

The course aims to provide law graduates, legal professionals and practitioners with the necessary cultural framework to understand Chinese legal culture and phenomena, and, more specifically, to provide some knowledge about present-times’ Chinese law and Chinese Investments in Africa.

This ten-lecture course will assist lawyers and other professionals to navigate China's emerging role in the global economy, with a specific focus on China's investments in Africa.

When and where?

This course consists of ten lectures, which are spread over two weeks:

Monday 28 August to Friday 1 September and Monday 11 to Friday 15 September 2023

All days: 10:00 to 14:00

The lectures will be held in-person at UCT. Venue details will be sent to registered students a few days before the course starts.

Course outline

The course will be presented with a combination of lectures, guest lectures and discussions.

Lecture 1: Africa-China relations

Lecture 2: China’s Belt and Road Initiative and Africa & lending practices

Lecture 3: Chinese investments in Africa: Labour and environmental issues

Lecture 4: Digital authoritarianism, and China’s policing and military investments in Africa

Lecture 5: U.S-China “Derisking” and “Decoupling” and Its impact on Africa

Lecture 6: Development of Chinese law

Lecture 7: China economic laws

Lecture 8: China contract law

Lecture 9: China-Africa legal cooperation

Lecture 10: Student presentations

Who will benefit from this course?

Lawyers, students, legal practitioners, policy makers, sinologists, negotiators and advisors in offices dealing with China


Tebogo Lefifi holds an LLM in Chinese business law from Hong Kong Open University and is a doctoral candidate in the Centre for Comparative Law in Africa (CCLA) at UCT. She holds a BCom from the University of KwaZulu-Natal and has also completed postgraduate certificates and courses in finance and economics. She spent a decade studying Chinese business, language and law in China. During this time, she worked with universities, corporations and government departments advising on research and regulatory environment in China. She was a chief representative for various organisations in China including the official South African national brand agency 'Brand South Africa' and Stellenbosch University's Centre for Chinese Studies thinktank. She is the executive director of Sino-Afric@Work, an Africa-China advisory company, and serves on advisory boards of various China-Africa businesses and initiatives. She co-founded an applied thinktank, Sino-Africa Centre of Excellence (SACE), which published and carried out the China Business Perception Index in various countries in Africa. Tebogo has become a thought leader on Africa-China relations and featured in key Chinese and African media. She has served on various China-Africa advisory boards. She is a member of the China-Africa Wildlife Conservation Council (CAWCC), an Aspen Institute and Africa Wildlife Foundation initiative. She served on Yale University's Visiting Women's Executive Exchange Program (VWEEP) advisory board as well as the South Africa China Business Association (SACBA). She is a member of the Institute of Directors (SA).

Christopher Edyegu is the Africa editor at the China Global South Project (CGSP), a leading independent multimedia organization dedicated to exploring every aspect of China’s engagement with Africa and the Global South. He is also an analyst at Africa Risk Consulting (ARC), which specialises in political intelligence, country briefings and assessments, market intelligence and anti-bribery and corruption consulting. Christopher is finalizing his Ph.D. at the University of Cape Town (UCT), South Africa, and is a holder of a Master’s Degree in international relations from UCT. Additionally, from Stellenbosch University, Christopher holds a bachelor’s in international studies, an honours degree in history, and a postgraduate diploma in marketing. He has a combined 9 years of working experience in African risk consulting, Africa-China foreign policy, academia, and non-governmental organization (NGO) sectors.

How much?

R15,500 per person


A certificate of completion from UCT will be issued to those who pass the assignment.

Please note that this course is not credit-bearing and cannot be taken as an elective towards a degree programme.

How to sign up

Complete and submit the registration form. You will then be given the payment information. Please note that registrations will not be accepted until payment has been made.

One or two days before the course, we will send you the venue details.

Registrations close three days before the course starts.

Download the brochure.