The developments concerning the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA) have generated a high-level of interest, both in Australia and abroad. This paper considers the benefits of ChAFTA in terms of facilitating trade in legal services and examines the claims and expectations in this regard. The paper concludes by suggesting that the benefits of ChAFTA in relation to legal services are qualified and need to be viewed in the context of other significant developments.
Andrew Godwin is Director of Transactional Law, Director of Studies of Banking and Finance Law and an Associate Director, Asian Law Centre at Melbourne Law School, The University of Melbourne.
Timothy Howse is a research assistant, Asian Law Centre at Melbourne Law School, The University of Melbourne.