LAWS6319 - Fund of the Board & Directors' Duties

This unit explores the role of the board of directors in modern corporate governance and directors’ duties. It provides an introduction to fundamental aspects of boards in Australia (including board size, composition, structure and board diversity in listed companies) and the relationship between management and the board.

The unit also focuses on core principles of directors’ duties in Australia. It examines foundational case law and statutory material in relation to the operation and enforcement of directors’ duties, including: the duty of care; the duty to act good faith in the best interests of the company and for a proper purpose; the duty to avoid conflicts of interest; and directors’ obligations in relation to insolvent trading.

This unit provides practical guidance on how directors can fulfill their legal obligations, and will include case studies to understand a range of critical issues for boards today. The unit is particularly relevant for non-executive directors looking to supplement their corporate law.


  • Class Quiz (20%)
  • Take-Home Exam (80%)


Students who have completed LAWS6810 Fundamentals of Corporate Law prior to 2014 are not permitted to enrol in this unit. The unit is also not available to students who have previously completed LAWS2003, LAWS2014, LAWS5014, CLAW2001, CLAW2201, CLAW6002 or equivalent unit.


Semester 1 Intensive
22, 23 & 29, 30 April 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