2019 Comparative Corporate Governance Conference

Chris Symes, Wai Yee Wan, Casey G. Watters

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In the modern global market, the impact of corporate governance does not
stop at national borders. As the current financial crisis forces a re-examination
of corporate governance policies and mechanisms, this special issue
showcases scholarship on governance issues in multiple jurisdictions. The
issue contains articles developed and presented at the 2019 Comparative
Corporate Governance Conference organised by Singapore Management
University’s (‘SMU’) Centre for Cross-Border Commercial Law in Asia, the
University of Adelaide Regulation of Corporate, Insolvency and Taxation
(‘ROCIT’) research unit and the Singapore Academy of Law. The conference
planning began in 2017 and one of the aims of the local conference organizers,
Wai Yee Wan (SMU) and Casey Watters (SMU) was to invite many notable
Australian and other international scholars to join Singaporean practitioners
and local academics in active debate and deep thought. Another aim was to
seek the Australian Journal of Corporate Law’s (‘AJCL’) involvement to
publish articles following the conference and so co-editor Christopher Symes
joined the organising committee for this purpose. The conference presenters
included Professor Jean du Plessis from Deakin University on ‘The good, the
bad and the ugly: Calls for regulating “corporate culture” and the Gupta and
Steinhoff case studies’, Professor Joan Loughrey from the University of Leeds
on ‘Corporate lawyers, their ethics and corporate clients’, Professor Suzanne
Le Mire from the University of Adelaide on the ‘Algorithm as director: The
future of corporate governance?’, Dr Vivien Chen from Monash University on
‘The state-business nexus and corporate governance in Malaysia’, Associate
Professor Anil Hargovan and Professor Pamela Hanrahan from the UNSW
Business School on ‘Law reform in India: Revisiting the concept of
independent director’ and Dr Jiang Huiqin from the University of New South
Wales on the ‘Foreign government investment in Australia: Corporate
governance concerns from the Australian government.’
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-3
Number of pages3
JournalAustralian Journal of Corporate Law
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2020


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