Irene-marié Esser is a Senior Lecturer in Commercial Law at the University of Glasgow, a Professor Extraordinarius at the University of South Africa (UNISA) and a Visiting Professor at the Open University, UK. She is also an expert panel member of the EU/Africa Chamber of Commerce. In South Africa she was Professor and Co-Subject Head of Corporate Law at UNISA until March 2013, when she relocated, with her family, to Edinburgh, Scotland. Irene-marié obtained her LLB at Stellenbosch University (2001), her LLM at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland (2003) and her LLD at UNISA (2008). She is also an admitted attorney of the High Court of South Africa
Irene-marié was a contributor of the first edition of the leading textbook Henochsberg on the Companies Act 71 of 2008 and contributes to the company law chapter in the Annual Survey of South African Law. She is also the co-editor of the Corporate Governance Annual Review publication. During 2009 Irene-marié received the ‘Women in Research: Youngest staff member with a doctorate degree’ award at UNISA, as well as the Principal’s Prize for Excellence in Research. During 2016 Irene-marié was awarded, as co-winner, the prize for the best article published in the Journal of Contemporary Roman Dutch Law for the co-authored work: Esser and Delport ‘Shareholder protection in terms of the Companies Act 71 of 2008’. Irene-marié has also been presenting workshops and seminars for professionals working in the field of corporate governance and a 4-day workshop, for eight years, at the University of Johannesburg on board governance. She redeveloped this course extensively during 2015. Irene-marié acted as an external advisor to the South African King IV Report on Corporate Governance. She currently teaches Corporate Governance, Corporate Social Responsibility and Company Law and supervises postgraduate research students in South Africa and the United Kingdom.