Program

Sunday 11 February

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12:00 pm12:30 pmConference registrations open
12:30 pm2:00 pmCorporate law teachers association
2:00 pm4:00 pmTeaching Session: Lets Make Teaching Great Again
This session is focused on how people are responding to the imperatives of University teaching and learning reforms: what people are doing when they reform their offerings in line with University suggestions/requirements.  Examples are flipped classrooms, blended learning, digital uplift and so forth.  It is not designed to be a critical session, rather a sharing of information, techniques, responses and outcomes.
4:00 pm5:00 pmAfternoon tea

Monday 12 February

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9:00 am9:30 amFormal Conference opening
9:30 am11:00 amPlenary session: Prof Paddy Ireland
Is corporate law really about enterprise and its functional needs, as traditional presentations of the discipline suggest?  Paddy Ireland suggests not, arguing that it is better understood as a historical construct arising out of the rise of joint stock companies and the needs of passive rentier investors.  This, he suggests, would enable corporate law scholars and students to make better sense not only of corporate law's peculiarities, but of ‘financialization’, contemporary capitalism, and the continuing shareholder/stakeholder debates
11:00 am11:30 amMorning tea
11:30 am1:00 pmParallel session 1
1:00 pm2:00 pmLunch
2:00 pm3:30 pmPlenary workshop: solving director duties
This is an interactive working session, coordinated by Rosemary Langford from the University of Melbourne.  Panel members will include Paddy Ireland and Charles Yablon (our plenary speakers) and Jean du Plessis.  The session will present some of the problems with the current scheme of directors' duties (particularly the clash between statutory and general law duties) and brainstorm/seek comments on the way to resolve these (possibly by codification). The objective of the session is to come up with a CLTA position on the matter, even if that is simply to outline the issues.  This position would then be published on a CLTA website and comments invited.
3:30 pm4:00 pmAfternoon tea
4:00 pm5:30 pmParallel session 2
7:00 pm11:00 pmDinner at Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium

Tuesday 13 February

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9:00 am10:30 amPlenary session: Prof Charles M Yablon
“Dynamic” economic models that  focus on innovation and economic growth pose a challenge to traditional “static” models of corporate law which emphasize efficient use of existing resources. Accordingly, the greatest danger current corporate law and corporate finance pose to the innovation process is neither  investor activism nor managerial inefficiency, but rather conformity of viewpoint within the financial community. Viewing debates around this dichotomy from the perspective of innovation leads to a caution against overgeneralization and a recognition that innovation and growth will be best served if unusual investing activity is considered on a case by case basis, with a nuanced set of rules that reflects different levels of deference to managerial discretion in different settings.
10:30 am11:00 amMorning tea
11:00 am12:30 pmParallel session 3
12:30 pm2:00 pmLunch
1:00 pm1:45 pmCorporate law teachers association annual general meeting
2:00 pm3:30 pmParallel session 4
3:30 pm4:00 pmAfternoon tea
4:00 pm5:00 pmParallel session 5