2009 Conferences and Seminars

3 November 2009, Distinguished Speakers Program
Interminable International Tax Reform
Professor Brian Arnold, Goodmans LLP

27 October 2009, Distinguished Speakers Program
Is TOFA finally over? A view from Canada
Professor Tim Edgar, University of Western Ontario

19 October 2009, 5.30 - 7.00pm, Distinguished Speakers Program
The Ross Parsons Address in Commercial, Corporate and Taxation Law
Tax Policy after the Financial Crisis
Professor Alvin C. Warren, Ropes and Gray Professor of Law, Harvard Law School

24 September 2009
Allocating Risk and Uncertainty in M&A Agreements
Guest Speaker: Professor Eric Talley, University of California Berkeley
Commentator: David Freidlander, Mallesons Stephen Jaques

7 September 2009
Corporate Social Responsibility: International Legal Developments and the Global Recession
Guest Speaker:Michael Kerr, Natural Advantage

1 September 2009, Distinguished Speakers Program
Legal Perspectives on Dealing in Art and Objects of Cultural Heritage
Guest Speaker: Professor Deborah DeMott, David F. Cavers Professor of Law, Duke Law School; McWilliam Visiting Professor in Commercial Law, Sydney Law School
Commentator: John McDonald, Art Critic, Sydney Morning Herald

24 August 2009
Extended Cover Clauses in Claims made Insurance Policies: Notification Requirements in Insurance and the General Law of Contract
Guest Speaker: Professor Howard Bennett, University of Nottingham
Commentator: Professor John Carter, Sydney Law School
Chair: Ian Enright, Henry Davis York'

12 August 2009
Are the World Trade Organization Negotiations leading Nowhere? Do We Need to Consider alternative Pathways to Trade Liberalization
Guest Speaker: Andrew Stoler, former deputy director, World Trade Organization (WTO)

11 August 2009
The Supreme Court Annual Corporate Law Conference: Directors in Troubled Times
A half-day conference exploring issues facing company directors in the global credit crisis. Co-sponsored by the Supreme Court of NSW, The Law Society of NSW and the Ross Parsons Centre.
Click here to view the Conference Flier.
Click here to view the Conference Registration Form.

7 August 2009, 2.30 - 5.00pm
19th Australasian Forum for International Arbitration (AFIA) Symposium
Please click here for the Symposium flier and registration form.

4 August 2009, Distinguished Speakers Program
Tax Reform under President Obama
Professor Stafford Smiley, Georgetown Law Center, Washington DC
The slides from this seminar can be viewed here.

3 August 2009,
Book Launch - Investor Class Actions
Federal Court of Australia, Level 18, Law Courts Building, Queens Square, Sydney.
Click here to view the address given by the Hon Murray Wilcox QC to launch Investor Class Actions.

31 July 2009
Current Issues in Insolvency
1-day conference organised by the Commercial Law Association in conjunction with the Ross Parsons Centre. Click here to view the Conference Flier.

12 June 2009, Distinguished Speakers Program
The Ross Parsons Address in Commercial, Corporate and Taxation Law
“Decoupling,” Governance, and the World Financial Crisis
Professor Henry T. Hu, Allan Shivers Chair in the Law of Banking and Finance, The University of Texas Law School

4 June 2009
The Evolution of the Corporation: Organisation, Finance, Knowledge and Corporate Social Responsibility
Professor Peer Zumbansen, University of York, Canada

2 June 2009
International Executive Pay: Current Practices and Future Trends
Professor Randall S. Thomas, John S. Beasley II Professor of Law and Business, Vanderbilt University

27 May 2009,Distinguished Speakers Program
Trends in Tax Administration in Developing Countries
Mr Carson McNeill, International Monetary Fund
The slides from this seminar can be viewed here.

25 May 2009
The Effect of the Financial Crisis on U.S. Pensions – A Perspective on Financial Services Regulatory Reform
Professor Dana M. Muir, Thurnau Professor of Business Law, University of Michigan
The slides from this seminar can be viewed here.

12 May 2009, Distinguished Speakers Program
Tax Reform in the UK: Mirrlees et al
Malcolm Gammie QC, UK

9 May 2009
International Executive Remuneration Workshop - The Moller Centre, Cambridge
Organised by Sydney Law School and Vanderbilt Law School. This is an invite-only 1 day workshop. The program can be viewed here.
Further information about the International Executive Remuneration Workshop can be found here.

6 May 2009
Professor Michael Furmston will present an analysis of the recent house of House of Lords decision in Transfield Shipping Inc v Mercator Shipping Inc (“The Achilleas”) [2008] UKHL 48, the most important decision on the assessment of damages in contract since Hadley v Baxendale.
Professor Michael Furmston, Singapore Management University

30 April 2009
Law School Open Day

As part of the Law School Open Day events, the Ross Parsons Centre presented a Seminar:
Are Companies Capable of Telling the Truth?
A provocative seminar exploring the excesses of executives.
Speakers included:
Professor Richard Vann (Chair), Professor Tyrone Carlin, Associate Professor Barbara McDonald, Saul Fridman and Alan Cameron AM.
The slides from this seminar can be viewed here.

8 April 2009
Fiscal Regimes for Minerals and Petroleum: Issues and Current Trends
Philip Daniel, International Monetary Fund

31 March 2009, Distinguished Speakers Program
Japanese International Tax Reform
Professor Yoshihiroi Masui, University of Tokyo

23 March 2009
Capital Gains Tax Reform: Policy & Rhetoric
Professor John Tiley, University Of Cambridge

20 March 2009
Tort Law Academic Workshop
This is a 1 day (invite-only) workshop being organised for Torts academics in Australia.

19 March 2009, 6.00 - 7.30pm
'Credit Derivatives and the Credit Crunch: a Weapon of Mass Destruction after all?'
JJ de Vries Robbé, Dutch Development Bank FMO, Netherlands
The slides from this seminar can be viewed here.

10 March 2009, 2.00 - 6.00pm
Investor Class Actions Conference
Federal Court of Australia in Sydney and Melbourne

26 February 2009, 5.30 - 7.30pm
Sports Law Seminar on Player Contract Sanctity

15 February 2009, 3.00 - 5.00pm
ANJeL Workshop: 'Who Judges Japanese Law?'
International House Japan, Roppongi, Tokyo

14 February 2009, 9.30am - 1.00pm
ANJeL Australian-Japanese Business Law CLE Seminar
Tokyo Campus, Ritsumeikan University, Japan

14 February 2009, 2.00 - 5.00pm
7th ANJeL International Conference: 'Crisis and the Law in Japan and Beyond'
Tokyo Campus, Ritsumeikan University, Japan

5 February 2009, 12.30 - 2.00pm
Identifying the Corporate Lawyer's Client - Lunchtime Seminar
Joan Loughrey, University of Leeds

Other Conferences and Seminars

“Aspects of Market Integrity – Where Next?”
An afternoon Conference Forum organised by the Discipline of Business Law, Faculty of Economics and Business, University of Sydney
2.30 - 6.00pm, Thursday, 1 October 2009 at the Hilton Hotel, 488 George Street Sydney
Cocktails will take place at the end of the conference

The recent release of the CAMAC issues paper and report on “Aspects of Market Integrity” has evidenced the existence of substantial policy, legal and regulatory concerns relating to capital market conduct, oversight, regulation and enforcement. Additionally, recommendations in the report have significant potential impact on corporate governance, listed company management and industry practice. Issues of directors taking margin loans over company shares, company insiders trading during “black-out” periods, “rumourtrage” – the spreading of false or misleading information and corporate briefings to analysts, are particularly relevant in the context of insider trading, continuous disclosure, market misconduct and corporate governance.

Key participants include:
The Hon Chris Bowen, Minister for Financial Services, Superannuation and Corporate Law
Commissioner Belinda Gibson, Australian Securities and Investments Commission
Mr Malcolm Starr, General Manager, Regulatory and Public Policy, ASX
Mr John Colvin, Chief Executive Officer, Australian Institute of Company Directors
Professor Bob Baxt, Partner, Freehills
Mr Ashley Black, Partner, Mallesons Stephen Jaques
Professor Peter Wolnizer, Dean, Faculty of Economics and Business, University of Sydney
Professor Alex Frino, Faculty of Economics and Business, University of Sydney
Professor Tyrone Carlin, Faculty of Economics and Business, University of Sydney
Ms Juliette Overland, Faculty of Economics and Business, University of Sydney

For enquiries, please contact the conference convenor,
Ms Juliette Overland, Senior Lecturer in Business Law
T: 02 9036 5261
E: j.overland@econ.usyd.edu.au

Details about past events from 2004 to 2008 can be found here.