The Ross Parsons Address in Commercial, Corporate and Taxation Law

The Ross Parsons Address in Commercial, Corporate and Taxation Law is an annual lecture where a distinguished researcher in the Commercial, Corporate or Taxation law fields is invited to present a lecture at the Sydney Law School.

2011 Ross Parsons Commercial Law Address – Wednesday 7 September

Breach of warranty of authority: an unusual doctrine
Guest Speaker: Professor Francis Reynolds, University of Oxford
Chair: Professor John Carter, Sydney Law School
The action for breach of warranty of authority, on which there are several Australian leading cases, is an unusual one in imposing liability for certain types of statement causing economic loss, and strict liability at that, well back into the nineteenth century. There is still international disagreement as to whether it is right to do this, and whether the action is rightly classified as contractual rather than tortious (which would have implications for damages as well as liability). Puzzles are also beginning to emerge as to exactly what promise the person concerned makes about the supposed principal, the range of persons to whom the promise is to be regarded as made, and how the doctrine interacts with situations where the principal is unidentified, or does not exist, or where the agent can be said to have been his own principal.
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Date: Wednesday 7 September
Time: 6-7pm (registration from 5.30pm)
Location: Banco Court, Supreme Court of NSW, Queens Square, Sydney
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Phone: 9351 0385

Previous Lectures

3 August 2010
Professor Reinier Kraakman, Ezra Ripley Thayer Professor of Law at Harvard Law School.
Fraud on the Market in the US - Can it be fixed?


12 June 2009
Professor Henry T. Hu, Allan Shivers Chair in the Law of Banking and Finance at the University of Texas Law School.
'Decoupling', Governance, and the World Financial Crisis

19 October 2009
Professor Alvin C. Warren, Ropes & Gray Professor of Law at Harvard Law School.
Tax Policy after the Financial Crisis

In 2008, the Ross Parsons Address was delivered by Professor John C. Coffee Jr, Adolf A Berle Professor of Law, Columbia University Law School. Professor Coffee's Address was titled 'Financial Crises 101: What Can We Learn From Scandals and Meltdowns - From Enron to Subprime'. The Address was given as the keynote lecture of the Third Annual Supreme Court and Law Society of New South Wales Conference on Corporate Law 2008 on The Credit Crunch and the Law.
The Address was recorded as a podcast and can now be downloaded on the Sydney Law School website.

Professor Coffee's lecture can also be found in the monograph - The Credit Crunch and the Law which includes all the presentations from the above conference with additional essays on the Credit Crisis.

In 2007, the Ross Parsons Address was presented by Professor John Tiley, Professor of the Law of Taxation, University of Cambridge and Director of the Centre for Tax Law. The title of Professor Tiley's lecture was Death, Taxes and Policy: Recent UK Experience. A copy of this lecture can be found here.


In 2005, the Ross Parsons Address was presented by Professor Charles Rickett, Sir Gerard Brennan Professor of Law, University of Queensland. The title of Professor Rickett's lecture was ‘Liability for gains made in breach of contract’.

In 2004, the Ross Parsons Address was presented by Professor Paul L. Davies, Cassel Professor of Commercial Law, London School of Economics and Political Science. The title of the address was 'Disclosure, Auditor and Executive Remuneration: A Eurocentric View'. A copy of this lecture can be found here.

In 2003, the Ross Parsons Address was presented by Professor H. David Rosenbloom, James S. Eustice Visiting Professor of Taxation, New York University. The title of the address was 'The characterisation of related party debt'.

In 2002, the Ross Parsons Address was presented by Professor Geoffrey P. Miller, Max E. Greenberg Professor of Law, New York University. The title of the address was 'The Global Regulation of Banking and Insurance: From HIH to Enron'.

In 2001, the first Ross Parsons Address was presented by Professor John Prebble of Victoria University Wellington. The title of the address was ‘Income taxation, a structure built on sand’ subsequently published in (2002) 24 Sydney Law Review 301.