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The Boundaries of Corporations’ Responsibility

November 10, 2023 @ 8:30 am - 6:00 pm GMT


About this eventThe Symposium’s theme, ‘Boundaries of Corporations’ Responsibility’, relates to the debates regarding corporations’ roles in detecting and preventing mischief/harm caused by third parties to which they are related, for example, in the supply chain, or within a corporate group, business network or alliance. These mischiefs or harms relate to labour/human rights abuses in supply chains, harms to community/environment in relation to climate change, conflict minerals, misinformation leading to harms, such as online harms, etc. These risks, which the Symposium terms as ‘boundary risks’, often take place beyond the firm’s structural or control boundaries, but for which the firm may be regarded as having some extent of responsibility.Pertinent legal frameworks relating to corporations’ ‘boundary risks’ include mandatory corporate due diligence duties, criminal legislation and public enforcement, civil enforcement and corporate liability, including enterprise liability, and the soft law/best practices relating to corporations’ own risk and reputational management. The theoretical debates regarding corporations’ ‘boundary risks’ have often focused on how a corporation is conceived, its purpose/s and private or public orientations. These debates are challenging to reconcile and have deep roots in political and economic ideology. Despite ideological contests, policymakers may make pragmatic choices in relation to corporate law and corporate governance reforms to redesignate corporations’ governance capacity over third parties. The Symposium features a collection of invited papers focusing on the potential ‘shapes and shifts’ for corporate law as doctrine and practice, the implications for corporate advisory work, general counsel, and corporate compliance practice.This is a one-day Symposium, held at Bentham House, UCL Faculty of Laws, on 10 November 2023.View a copy of the programme (Subject to change)Speakers (in alphabetical order) include:Keynote Address: Ernest Lim, Professor of Law and Vice Dean, Faculty of Law, National University of SingaporePaper Presenters:Karin Buhmann, Full Professor in Business and Human Rights, Copenhagen Business School; Full Professor and Director, Centre for Law, Sustainability & Justice, University of Southern Denmark.Silvia Ciacchi, Doctoral Candidate, Erasmus University RotterdamRobert Eccles, Visiting Professor of Management Practice, Said Business School, University of Oxford Vanessa Havard-Williams, Consultant, LinklatersVeerle Heyvaert, Professor of Law and Associate Dean, London School of EconomicsCarsten König, Professor of Law, University of WürzburgHeli Korkka-Knuts, Adjunct Professor, University Lecturer, Criminal and Procedural Law, University of HelsinkiTabea Krauss, Doctoral Candidate, Erasmus University RotterdamSaura Masconale, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Economy and Moral Science, James E. Rogers College of Law, University of Arizona William J Moon, Associate Professor, University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of LawFlorian Möslein, Professor of Law, Phillips-University Marburg – ECGIGiovana Pereira, Researcher, Center for Business and Human Rights, Fundação Getulio Vargas Law School, São Paulo (FGV Direito SP)Simone M Sepe, Chester H. Smith Professor, and Professor of Law and Finance, University of ArizonaSaparya Sood, Doctoral Candidate, Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods, Bonn, Germany – ECGICaitlin W Cerqua, Reward Value Foundation Image by David Mark from Pixabay


November 10, 2023
8:30 am - 6:00 pm GMT
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Bentham House Endsleigh Gardens
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