Globalisation, the global financial crisis and the reinvention of the state

15 May 2012


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Keynote speaker: Professor John Farrar

Chair: Dr Robert Austin


Globalisation, the global financial crisis and the reinvention of the state

This event is part of the Ross Parsons Centre of Commercial, Corporate & Taxation Law 2012 Corporate Law Series.

About the seminar:

This seminar will look at the relationship of globalisation, the GFC and the changing role of the state. Globalisation has been a fashionable concept for the last 20 years and filled a gap in US foreign policy after the disintegration of the USSR. The questions now are how does it stand in the light of the GFC and what is the role of the state in the West when facing competition from systems of state capitalism.

Keynote speaker:

Professor John Farrar is an Emeritus Professor at Bond University. He has held chairs at Cardiff, Canterbury, Victoria University of Wellington, Bond and Waikato. He was Dean of Law at the University of Canterbury (1985-88), Bond University (1993-96) and University of Waikato (2004-08). He was Acting Vice Chancellor of Bond University (1995-96) and Chair of Senate (2000-03). He was Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Adelaide (1986) and Parsons Scholar, Sydney Law School (1986 and 1987). He has been Visiting Professor at University of California Berkeley, University of Toronto, University of Western Ontario and Ghent University.
John is the author of a number of books and papers on Company and Commercial Law and Corporate Governance. He has also been active in law reform in the United Kingdom, New Zealand and Australia, and was a member of the Legislation Advisory Committee of New Zealand (2004-08).
In 2008 he was made an Honorary Life Member of the Australian Law Teachers Association for services to legal education in Australia and New Zealand.


Dr Robert Austin taught company law and equity at the University of Sydney full-time from 1969 to 1990, and subsequently he has continued to teach part-time until the present day. He was a partner with Minter Ellison (1990-1998) and was a Judge of the Supreme Court of New South Wales (1998-2010). He has recently returned to legal practice with Minter Ellison.


Registration costs:

Full fee: $77 inc GST

Sydney Law School Alumni $66 inc GST

Sydney Law School Student $44 (inc GST)

Group Booking: $55 inc GST*

*Group Booking applies where 3 or more people from one organisation register for attendance.

Time: Registrations and refreshments from 5.30-6pm. Seminar: 6-7pm

Location: Faculty Common Room, Level 4 Sydney Law School, Building F10, Eastern Avenue, University of Sydney

Cost: See registration details above

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