Faculty of Business and Law

Swinburne Law School

Corporate governance and commercial law

Corporate governance and commercial law is a key research area of the Swinburne Law School.

The evolution and wider global context of corporate governance in Australia acts as a function of social and technological change. We research efficient technological solutions to meet the changing nature of compliance and supervision. We also study the impact of disruption and social change on models of corporate governance.

Linked projects

Board diversity and remuneration

We are aiming to provide new and richer insights into the issue of female representation on ASX listed companies. To achieve this we are undertaking network analysis in these companies in association with the Social Network Research Lab within Swinburne’s Centre for Transformative Innovation and academics from the Swinburne Business School.

Research team: Professor Michael Gilding, Professor Dean Lusher, Dr Peng Wang, Dr Anne Bartoels, Dr Amna Yousef, Helen Bird.

Regulation and public enforcement

This project will provide in-depth insights and understanding into the ways ASIC (companies regulator) and APRA (banking regulator) use their powers and take action against parties who breach the laws they administer. It involves empirical studies of socio-legal analysis of the public enforcement of Australia’s corporate and banking executive accountability laws.

Research team: Helen Bird, Dr Natania Locke, Adjunct Professor Paul Latimer.

AI, technology and data governance in the boardroom

We aim to have greater clarity of the role and impact of new technologies, and pursue opportunities for their development and use. In particular, we are researching the expanding role of AI and technology in corporate governance and data governance.

Research team: Dr Natania Locke, Helen Bird

Disruption and social change

Disruption and social change often lead to a reassessment of corporate governance and commercial law. An ongoing field of research interest of the Swinburne Law School is to consider current manifestations of disruption and social change and its implications for corporate governance and commercial law.

Current issues considered under this focus area include shareholder stewardship (see https://www.kcl.ac.uk/research/global-shareholder-stewardship); social license to operate, legal aspects relating to integrated reporting; and corporate purpose and transnational commercial law.

Research team: Dr Natania Locke; Helen Bird; Dr Alex Wan; Dr Jeremy Kingsley

Commercial law and financial regulation

The Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry (2018-2019) has focused attention on the regulation of banking, insurance, superannuation and financial services. An ongoing field of research interest of the Swinburne Law School is the operation and design of the current regulation, the scope for improvement, and more effective enforcement of corporate regulation and commercial law.

Current issues considered under this focus area include banking, insurance, superannuation and the regulation of financial markets.

Investigators: Adjunct Professor Paul LatimerDr Natania LockeHelen BirdDr Alex Wan

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