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Monash Law’s Centre for Commercial Law & Regulatory Studies (CLARS) - University of Auckland Waipapa Taumata Rau Business School - Queen’s University - ECGI

The History of Business Law and Governance Workshop

CLARSProgramme | Speakers' Bios

Thursday, 18 January 2024
08.30 - 15.40 AEDT
Boardroom, Monash Law Chambers, 555 Lonsdale St, Melbourne CBD, Melbourne
Jennifer Hill (Centre for Commercial Law & Regulatory Studies (CLARS), Monash University and ECGI)
Susan Watson (University of Auckland and ECGI)
Victoria Barnes (Queen’s University Belfast)

This event was an invitation-only workshop with limited seating, Presentations were recorded and can be viewed here.

About the Event

The History of Business Law and Governance Workshop examined the trajectory of business law and governance and the various theoretical and doctrinal twists and turns it has taken along the way. The Workshop explored the historical underpinnings of a range of key contemporary corporate governance issues including the nature of the corporation; fiduciary law and the role of corporate officeholders; institutional investors and shareholder engagement/activism; insider trading; corporate social responsibility and ESG; and executive compensation. The Workshop analysed these issues against the backdrop of some major themes in contemporary business law and governance, such as legal origins; convergence versus path dependence; and international versus jurisdictional governance pressure points.

Read the conference report and summary here.

The Workshop, which was held at Monash University’s City Chambers at 555 Lonsdale St,Melbourne, was convened jointly by Monash Law’s Centre for Commercial Law and Regulatory Studies (CLARS); University of Auckland Waipapa Taumata Rau Business School; and Queen’s University Belfast, in collaboration with the European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI).


MONDAY, 18 JANUARY 2024 | 09:00 AEDT

Arrival and registration


Session 1 | A History of Corporations and Corporate Fiduciaries


Tamara Wilkinson

Coffee break


Session 2 | Corporate Theory, Shareholders and Stakeholders


Steve Kourabas



Session 3 | Regulating Business in Different Contexts Around the World


Rosemary Langford


Jennifer G. Hill

Bob Baxt AO Chair in Corporate and Commercial Law
Monash University
Research Member

Susan Watson

Dean, University of Auckland Business School, Professor of Law, University of Auckland Faculty of Law
University of Auckland
Research Member


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