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Barbara Mescher

Barbara Mescher

BJuris LLB LLM UNSW
Lecturer

Rm 529
H69 - Economics and Business Building
The University of Sydney
NSW 2006 Australia

Telephone +61 2 9351 6633
Fax +61 2 9351 7473
barbara.mescher@sydney.edu.au

Bio

Barbara Mescher was admitted to practice as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales. She worked as a litigation solicitor for medium sized commercial law firms in the areas of company law, contracts, negligence and trade practices.

Barbara began her academic career at the University of New South Wales before joining the University of Sydney in 1995 as a lecturer. Barbara is an enthusiastic teacher. She has an interest in and has developed several new units of study at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. Barbara's research commitments are to corporations law and directors' duties as well as to business ethics and corporate governance; and to the law and ethics of the professions and their impact upon professional practice. Barbara is undertaking a PhD in Law at the University of New South Wales in the area of legal ethics and the profession: finding a new model of legal ethics by examining the legal practice of corporate lawyers.

Guest Lecturer - International

Barbara was a guest lecturer to PhD students and staff at the Law Faculty, University of Bologna, Italy, in 2011 "The Law, Corporate Social Responsibility and Business Ethics" and in 2014 "Professional Ethics and the Legal Profession."

Guest Lecturer - National

In 2013 Barbara was invited to lecture to postgraduate students at the Law Faculty, University of New South Wales "Corporate Lawyers and Professional Ethics."

Legal Profession Engagement

Barbara is a current member of the Corporate Lawyers' Committee of her professional body, the Law Society of NSW.  Barbara was a member for several years of the Ethics Committee of the Law Society and a member of its Education Sub-Committee that developed an ethics study program for legal practitioners as part of their Mandatory Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) obligation. Barbara was appointed a member of the working party to amend the Society's Statement of Ethics.

Business School Engagement

Honours Co-ordinator

Barbara was the Honours Co-ordinator for the Discipline of Business Law for approximately 7 years until December 2013.

BPEG

Barbara assisted in the rewriting the Constitution of the Business and Professional Ethics Group (BPEG).

Publications

2014

4
Journal Article/s

Mescher B 2014 'Applied Ethics and Its Contribution to Lawyers' Professional Ethics', Australian Journal of Professional and Applied Ethics, vol.14:2, pp. 90-98

2013

4
Journal Article/s

Mescher B and Bondfield B 2013 'Corporate Groups and the Duty of Directors : To Act in their Company’s Best Interests', Journal of Applied Research in Accounting and Finance, vol.8:2, pp. 2-12 Link

2012

4
Journal Article/s

Mescher B 2012 'Market Integrity and Disclosure Quality: Financial Forecasts in Prospectuses', Journal of Applied Research in Accounting and Finance, vol.7:1, pp. 23-32 Link

2011

4
Journal Article/s

Mescher B 2011 'The Law, Stakeholders and Ethics: Their Role in Corporate Governance', Macquarie Journal of Business Law, vol.8, pp. 37-53

Mescher B 2011 'Ethics in Business and the Professions', Business and Professional Ethics Group 2010-2011, pp. 15-18

6
Conference Proceeding/s

Mescher B 2011 'Law and Business: The Challenges for Scientists', Proceedings of the Advances in Business-Related Scientific Research Conference ABSRC 2011, Venice, Italy, 3rd June 2011

11
Seminar Paper/s

Mescher B 2011 'The Law, Corporate Social Responsibility and Business Ethics, University of Bologna, Bologna, Italy, 27 May 2011

2010

4
Journal Article/s

Dang MN and Mescher B 2010 'Directors and the Ethics Components of their Duties', Macquarie Journal of Business Law, vol.7, pp. 1-14

Mescher B 2010 'Business Ethics is a Management Concern', Review of Management Innovation and Creativity, vol.3:7, pp. 47-58

Freehafer S and Mescher B 2010 'The Teaching of Business Ethics Part I: Curriculum Development Goals, Topics and Assessment', Review of Higher Education and Self-Learning, vol.3:6, pp. 20-31

Freehafer S and Mescher B 2010 'The Teaching of Business Ethics Part II: Teaching Methods and Assessment', Review of Higher Education and Self-Learning, vol.3:6, pp. 108-118

Mescher B 2010 'A Management Concern: The Important Role of Ethics in Business', Proceedings of Intellectbase International Consortium-Intellectual Perspectives & Multi-Disciplinary Foundations Conference, vol.11, pp. 131-139

5
Conference Paper/s

Mescher B 2010 'Stakeholder Management, Ethics and Business Strategy: Examining the Priorities', 3rd Bergamo-Wharton Joint Conference 2010 - "Stakeholder Theory(ies): Ethical Bases, Managerial Applications, Conceptual Limits", Bergamo, Italy, 2nd July 2010

6
Conference Proceeding/s

Mescher B 2010 'A Management Concern:  The Important Role of Ethics in Business', Proceedings of Intellectbase International Consortium-Intellectual Perspectives & Multi-Disciplinary Foundations Conference, Nashville, United States, 29th May 2010

2009

4
Journal Article/s

Mescher B 2009 'Book Review: Corporate Citizenship, Contractarianism and Ethical Theory: On Philosophical Foundations of Business Ethics’ by Jesus Conill, Christoph Luetge and Tatjana Schonwalder-Kuntze (eds)', Australian Journal of Corporate Law, vol.23:2, pp. 195-200

Mescher B 2009 'Enhancing Ethics in Legal Practice: Applying the Ethical Principles in Lawyers’ Professional Codes', Review of Management Innovation and Creativity-RMIC, vol.2:1, pp. 39-50

Mescher B 2009 'Reflective thinking can be the key to best decisions: The Statement of Ethics and the law in practice', Law Society Journal, vol.47:6, pp. 38-9

Mescher B 2009 'Business Ethics and The Law of Contract', Journal of Law and Financial Management, vol.8:2, pp. 8-12

6
Conference Proceeding/s

Mescher B and Freehafer S 2009 'Business Ethics: The Challenges of Curriculum Development, Teaching, and Assessment', 9th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Business, Honolulu, Hawaii, United States, 15th June 2009

2008

4
Journal Article/s

Mescher B 2008 'The Business of Commercial Legal Advice and the Ethical Implications for Lawyers and Their Clients', Journal of Business Ethics, vol.81:4, pp. 913-26

5
Conference Paper/s

Mescher B 2008 'Ethical Decision-Making in Legal Practice', 3rd International Legal Ethics Conference-Griffith University, Gold Coast QLD, Australia, 17th July 2008

6
Conference Proceeding/s

Mescher B 2008 'Ethics in Legal Practice: An Oxymoron?', Proceedings of Intellectbase International Consortium- Intellectual Perspectives & Multi-Disciplinary Foundations, Las Vegas NV, United States, 19th December 2008

2007

5
Conference Paper/s

Mescher B and Coleman CF 2007 'Taxation Practitioners and Corporate Governance: The role of ethics in taxation advice to directors', Tax Research Network 16th Annual Conference, United Kingdom, 7th September 2007

2006

2
Book Section/s

Coleman CF and Mescher B 2006 'Ethics: An important consideration for Tax Professionals' in Further Global Challenges in Tax Administration, ed. M.McKerchar and M.Walpole, Fiscal Publications, Birmingham, United Kingdom, pp. 135-58

5
Conference Paper/s

Mescher B 2006 'Teaching Ethics to Accounting Students: Meeting the Challenges of a New Discipline', Accounting Educators Forum, Charles Sturt University and CPA Australia, Sydney, Australia, 24th November 2006

Mescher B 2006 'Law: A profession in crisis', Legal Ethics: Professional Ethics and Personal Integrity, Auckland, New Zealand, 25th June 2006

Mescher B and Coleman CF 2006 'Ethics: An important consideration for tax professionals', 7th International Conference on Tax Administration, Sydney, Australia, 21st April 2006

10
Report/s

Mescher B 2006 'Ethics and integrity in tax compliance',

2005

4
Journal Article/s

Mescher B and Howieson B 2005 'Beyond compliance: Promoting ethical conduct by directors and corporations', Corporate Governance Law Review, vol.1:1, pp. 93-113

Mescher B 2005 'Directors and accountants and the obligation to ensure proper accounts are kept', Financial Reporting, Regulation and Governance, vol.4:2

Mescher B 2005 'Company directors and company accounts: Can accountants or accounting standards be trusted?', Butterworths Corporations Law Bulletin:1

5
Conference Paper/s

Mescher B 2005 'Company directors, accountants and company solvency', Australian Accountants and Lawyers Conference, Whistler, Canada, 15th January 2005

2004

10
Report/s

Mescher B 2004 'Submission: Inquiry into Australian Accounting Standards', Parliamentary Joint Committee on Corporations and Financial Services

2002

4
Journal Article/s

Mescher B 2002 'Powers of the takeovers panel and their effect upon ASIC and the court', The Australian Law Journal, vol.76, pp. 119-39

1998

4
Journal Article/s

Mescher B 1998 'Company directors knowledge of the insolvent trading provisions', Insolvency Law Journal, vol.6, pp. 186

1996

4
Journal Article/s

Mescher B 1996 'Personal liability of company directors for company debts', Australian Law Journal, vol.70, pp. 837

1994

4
Journal Article/s

Mescher B 1994 'Regulation of takeovers by the corporations and securities panel: The occurrence of unacceptable circumstances', Australian Journal of Corporate Law, vol.4, pp. 90

1990

4
Journal Article/s

Mescher B 1990 'Promise enforcement by common law or equity', Australian Law Journal, vol.64, pp. 536

Research Expertise

  • Legal Ethics
  • Professional Ethics
  • Business Ethics
  • Directors' Duties
  • Securities Industry Law
  • Financial Service Providers

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