Day 2 Program

Hosted by the Centre for Business Law and Practice, School of Law Leeds
in partnership with Centre for Comparative Corporate Governance (Deakin Law School)
and financial support by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation

University of Leeds

2018 ICGL Forum
15-16 January 2018

Boards of Directors: Composition and Process

Tuesday 16 January 2018
09:15–10:45 Session 5: Boards and Human Life

Prof. Charlotte Villiers (University of Bristol, UK)
Why compassion is relevant in debates about board composition and process

Prof. Kent Greenfield (Boston College Law School, US)
Corporate boards and human life

Prof. Beate Sjåfjell (University of Oslo, Norway)
Between a rock and a hard place: The right and the emerging duty of the corporate board go beyond profit maximisation

10:45 – 11:00 Refreshments
11:00 – 12:30


Session 6: Board Composition and Processes

Dr Felix Steffek (University of Cambridge)
A normative theory of corporate law and board composition – Nominee directors and the cost of capital

Dr. Roger M Barker and Prof. Iris H-Y Chiu (University College London, UK)
Corporate governance and innovation in companies

Dr Barnali Choudhury (University College London)
A third wheel no longer: Board obligations in light of expanded parent company duties

12:30 – 13:30 Lunch
13:30 – 15.45 Session 7a: Board Accountability and Liability

Prof. Gill North (Deakin University, Australia)
The role and accountability of corporate boards for corporate disclosure and communication

Prof. Afra Afsharipour (Davis School of Law, University of California, US)
Board processes and oversight in M&A transactions

Prof. Andrew Keay and Dr Jingchen Zhao (University of Leeds, UK)
Guanxi and accountability in Chinese corporate governances: A critical analysis

15.00-15.15 Refreshments
15:15-16:15 Session 7b: Board Accountability and Liability

Prof. Chee Keong Low (Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), Business School)
Should We Enact a Business Judgment Rule For Hong Kong?

Prof. Andrew Keay and Prof. Joan Loughrey (University of Leeds, UK)
Directors’ business judgments: Judicial deferment, intervention or both?

16:15 – 16:50 Session 8:  Panel Discussion
16:50 – 17:10 Forum Closing Remarks