US Corporate Law

4 April 2011

Applications are still open for this first semester intensive unit of study, which takes place between 13-14 and 20-21 April 2011.

US Corporate Law explores the history and structure of corporate law in the US.

Topics covered include:

  • The central role of Delaware
  • The race to the bottom vs race to the top vs the race to the top hypotheses
  • The US approach to veil-piercing
  • The governance role of shareholders under US law
  • Directors' duties, including the duty of care and the duty of loyalty
  • The operation of the business judgment rule
  • Derivative litigation
  • The law relating to closely held corporations
  • Judicial review of tender offer defences

Jennifer Hill is Professor of Corporate Law at Sydney Law School and a Director of the Ross Parsons Centre of Commercial, Corporate and Taxation Law.

She writes widely in the areas of corporate law and comparative corporate governance, with a particular focus on Australian and U.S. corporate regulation.

Her recent research includes:- a comparison of Australian and U.S, executive contracts (with Professors Randall Thomas and Ron Masulis); regulation of executive remuneration and international regulatory responses to the global financial crisis; differences in the balance of power between shareholders and management across common law countries; an analysis of schemes of arrangement; comparative research on takeovers and takeover defences.

Jennifer has strong professional connections in the United States and Europe.

She has been a Visiting Professor at Vanderbilt University(2003-2010), University of Texas at Austin (1999); University of Virginia (1998) and Cornell University(1994), and a Visiting Fellow at the European University Institute(2007).

She is a Research Associate of the European Corporate Governance Institute, and a member of the editorial board of International Corporate Law and Financial Regulation,Cambridge University Press.

Her research has been influential in law reform both in Australia and internationally, and has been cited judicially, including by the Delaware Court of Chancery.

Jennifer is also a past President of the Australian Corporate Law Teachers Association (2004-2006), and is a current member of the Law Council of Australia, Corporations Law Committee, and of the Corporations and Markets Advisory Committee (CAMAC), Legal Sub-Committee, which advises the Australian federal government on law reform.

The unit is available to study through the following Sydney Law School degree programmes:

Candidates can also enrol in this subject on a Legal Professional Development (LPD), Single Unit Enrolment or Cross-Institutional basis.

For further enquiries or to apply or enrol, please contact the Postgraduate Team.

Further information on the 2011 Sydney Law School Postgraduate Program

Contact: Greg Sherington

Phone: +61 2 9351 0202

Email: 212353281c323a17353c5e3120393b07422030063c214422515e170206