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Asian Corporate Law Forum - ECGI

The world has come to recognize that climate change is an issue of global importance, which may turn out to be the issue of this century. Companies are widely seen to be at the core of both the problems and solutions for climate change. This has resulted in a fundamental rethinking of corporate law and governance in Asia and around the world. This seminar aims to illuminate how the global sustainability movement is reshaping corporate law and governance by drawing on cutting-edge research from several of the foremost thought-leaders on corporate law, governance, and sustainability.

Part 1 focused on watershed global changes that are transforming the understanding of corporate law and governance around the world to address climate change. Although the “corporate purpose” debate is well-known, that the purpose that corporations serve is increasingly determined by laws outside of a corporation’s jurisdiction has been largely overlooked. The fact that emerging climate disclosure regulations are poised to transform the dominant understandings of what “good” corporate governance means is also largely unknown. That “acting in concert rules” are preventing shareholder democracy from being an effective tool for addressing climate change is also a hidden reality that requires change. Each of these issues will be explained based on cutting-edge research in this part of the seminar.

Part 2 examined the interface between directors’ duties and climate change. Increasingly, lawyers, judges and policymakers have been grappling with whether – and, if so, how – directors’ duties should be altered to address climate change. This part of the seminar provided a unique opportunity to gain insights from leading corporate law professors from several major economies in Asia on how their countries have been grappling with this issue.

Seminar time: Thursday, 11 April 2024 | 16:00 – 18:00 SGT 
Location: Level 4, Function Lounge, 55 Armenian Street, Yong Pung How School of Law, Singapore Management University, Singapore
Registration: Click here to register | Fee: There will be a registration fee of SGD50 per person.

Note: This is an in-person event. The recordings will be published on the ECGI website. 

For more information see here.

SILE Accredited CPD Activity
SILE Accredited CPD Activity
Public CPD Points: 2.0
Practice Area: Corporate / Commercial
Training Category: General
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Thursday, 11 April 2024 | 16:00 SGT


Part 1: How Climate Change is Reshaping Corporate Governance Globally

Part 2: The Interface Between Climate Change and Directors Duties

End of Seminar


Dan Puchniak

Singapore Management University, Yong Pung How School of Law
Research Member

Umakanth Varottil

Professor of Law
Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore
Research Member

Steve Kourabas

Deputy Director of Monash Law School's Centre for Commercial Law and Regulatory Studies
Monash University
Representative Member

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Singapore Management University, Yong Pung How School of Law


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