LAWS6318 - Corporate Innovation and Abuse

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LAWS6318 - Corporate Innovation and Abuse

This unit will cover the recent and dramatic changes in the operation and regulation of multinational corporations. Both private and regulatory innovations have made corporations simultaneously more efficient and potentially more dangerous.

Initial topics include the modern theory of the firm and the role of financial innovation, derivatives, off-balance sheet transactions, accounting treatment, compensation, the aftermath of the recent financial crisis, and the role of credit ratings and credit rating agencies, as well as the major modern corporate abuses, frauds, and pyramid schemes.

Then the course will turn to the increasing importance of politics in corporate governance, and a range of new global public law issues that have shifted the role of the corporation in society. The unit will conclude by covering the major policy issues confronting boards of directors and managers, with a particular focus on the tensions between shareholder value and various important stakeholder rights.


  • General Class Participation and Specialised Seminar Discussions (20%)
  • Written Class Quiz to be held on Day 4 (20%)
  • Essay or Exam (60%)
    (choice of research mode to be discussed with students)


Semester 1 Intensive
2-5 June 2014

The timetable is subject to frequent changes. Please refer to the latest version of the Postgraduate Timetable.

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

You can credit this unit towards Continuing Professional Development (CPD). Units of study that are part of Sydney Law School’s Postgraduate Program meet the necessary Mandatory Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) of the Law Society of New South Wales and the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) requirements of the New South Wales Bar Association. You may complete this unit of study by enrolling on a non-degree basis or on an audit basis only with no assessment via Single Unit Study.

Courses this unit is available in

Master of Laws | Master of Global Law | Master of Business Law | Graduate Diploma in Law | Graduate Diploma in Commercial Law | Graduate Diploma in Corporate, Securities and Finance Law | Graduate Diploma in International Business Law