Distinguished Speakers Program 2009: Professor Deborah DeMott, Duke Law School

1 September 2009
Professor Deborah DeMott
Professor Deborah DeMott

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Guest Speaker - Professor Deborah DeMott, Duke Law School

Commentator - John McDonald, Sydney Morning Herald art critic, formerly Head of Australian Art at the National Gallery of Australia and author of Art of Australia.

Legal Perspectives on Dealing in Art and Objects of Cultural Heritage

Professor DeMott will explore the complex and sometimes ambiguous role of the intermediary in art dealings. Biographies and memoirs of artists, collectors and dealers provide many examples of intriguing incidents where the writer was often not awareof the legal ramifications and salience of the relationships between the key players. From her background as an expert on the law of agency, Professor DeMott will explore and contrast relationships of legal agency with other more informal relationships of influence and mediation between artists or owners of cultural objects and the market.

About the speaker

Professor DeMott served as articles editor of the New York University Law Review, and began her professional career with a judicial clerkship in a federal court in New York City, later practicing with a large law firm before joining Duke University's Law School in 1975. In 1989, she received the Scholar/Teacher of the Year Award from Duke University.

Professor DeMott has held a secondary appointment as Centennial Visiting Professor in the Law Department of the London School of Economics, and has also taught at the Universities of Sydney, Melbourne, Texas, Colorado, San Diego, the Hastings College of Law of the University of California, and at Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, Toronto. In 1986 she was a Fulbright Senior Scholar at Sydney and Monash Universities in Australia. In Spring 1996 Professor DeMott held the Hurst C. Huber Visiting Chair at the University of Florida College of Law. In Spring 1998 she was the Scholar in Residence at the Frances Lewis Law Center, Washington and Lee University School of Law. In Spring 1999 she was in residence at the University of Auckland as the New Zealand Legal Research Foundation Visiting Fellow. She is the author of a treatise, Shareholder Derivative Actions, published in 1987 and a casebook, Fiduciary Obligation, Agency and Partnership, published in 1991. Her other writing concerns corporate law, takeovers and acquisitions, and fiduciary obligation.


The University Art Gallery has kindly agreed to extend its opening hours for this occasion to 5.30pm on the 1September to allow visitors to view the current exhibition: Collecting Passions: A century of Modernism from the home of Justice Roddy Meagher prior to the seminar. The Gallery is housed in the Quadrangle, a short walk from the law school. For further information regarding the exhibition please click here.

This event is part of the Sydney Law School Distinguished Speakers Program 2009. Click here for more details.

This seminar is also part of the Ross Parsons Corporate and Commercial Series for 2009.Details regarding the Ross Parsons Corporate and Commercial series are included in the series brochure. To view the brochure, pleaseclick here.

Time: 5.30-7.00pm (Registration and refreshments: 5.30pm. Seminar: 6-7pm)

Location: Sydney Law School, Building F10, Eastern Avenue, University of Sydney

Cost: N/A

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