Corporate Governance Expert teaches Masters course

14 August 2013
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Professor John Farrar of Bond University, an expert on New Zealand and Australian corporate law and governance, is guest lecturer for this semester’s Law School Corporate Governance intensive to be held between 14 and 20 August.

Each year the Law School offers a series of intensive papers for post-graduate study, taught predominantly by high profile guest lecturers from New Zealand and overseas.

These intensives are well-suited for people working in the legal profession and business, providing insights from international experts in their fields. They are generally held over five days, across two weeks, with a weekend break midway., The Corporate Governance intensive will provide a general overview of the current framework of corporate governance in New Zealand and Australia, and the role, duties and powers of directors and managers.

“Professor John Farrar, who is an internationally renowned corporate governance scholar, will engage students in current issues of principle and policy in corporate governance. Following the global financial crisis and with the problems a number of New Zealand companies have confronted recently, arguably caused by inadequate governance, there is much to learn from someone like John who has a deep understanding of the subject ,” says Susan Watson, Deputy Dean and Professor in Commercial Law.

Topics to be covered include legal and self-regulation, directors’ duties, shareholder remedies and the roles of gatekeepers, enforcement mechanisms as well as a comparison of New Zealand and Australian corporate governance.

Professor Farrar is Director of the New Zealand Governance Centre. He is author of numerous books and articles on company and commercial Law, and on corporate governance, including Farrar and Watson (ed), Company and Securities Law in New Zealand and Farrar, Corporate Governance:Theories, Principles and Practice. Professor Farrar has also been active in law reform in the United Kingdom, New Zealand and Australia. He was a member of the Legislation Advisory Committee of New Zealand (2004-2008), and in 2008 was made an Honorary Life Member of the Australian Law Teachers Association for services to legal education in New Zealand and Australia.