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Ian Ramsay is Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor Emeritus at Melbourne Law School, University of Melbourne.  Professor Ramsay has practised law with firms in New York and Sydney and is a member of the Corporations Law Committee of the Law Council of Australia and the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) Consultative Panel.

Former positions Professor Ramsay has held include Dean of Melbourne Law School, Chair of the independent panel appointed by the Government to review the Australian financial system’s external dispute resolution and complaints framework, Head of the Australian Government inquiry on auditor independence, and Consultant to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) for the project facilitating equity crowd funding in the ASEAN region. He is a past member of the Takeovers Panel, the Government’s ASIC enforcement review taskforce, the Government’s Corporations and Markets Advisory Committee, the Government’s Auditors and Liquidators Disciplinary Board, ASIC’s External Advisory Panel, ASIC’s Enforcement Policies, Processes and Decision-Making Procedures Review, the Audit Quality Review Board, the Law Committee of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, the Advisory Committee for the Inquiry by the Australian Law Reform Commission into Corporate Criminal Liability, the International Federation of Accountants taskforce on rebuilding confidence in financial reporting, and consultant to the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Economics, Finance and Public Administration.

Professor Ramsay has published extensively on corporate law, financial regulation and corporate governance issues both internationally and in Australia. He has extensive experience as an expert consultant to government reviews and as a member of government advisory committees.

Professor Ramsay is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law and a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia.

In 2023 Professor Ramsay was appointed as an Officer (AO) of the Order of Australia. The appointment is for “distinguished service to the law, to regulatory bodies, to tertiary education, and to law reform”.

In 2022 the Council of Australian Law Deans awarded Professor Ramsay the Australian Legal Research Awards Lifetime Achievement Medal. The Medal is awarded for “outstanding contributions to legal research” and “recognises individuals who have made a significant and enduring contribution to legal research”.

Further information about Professor Ramsay is available on the Melbourne Law School website:

Research Interests

Directors' duties; Shareholders' rights; Financial regulation; Corporate governance
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