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Comparative Corporate Governance
Last Updated Date:   23 July 2021


4 Credits,  Semester 1

Course Description:
This course will examine systems of corporate governance from a comparative perspective. Corporate governance refers to the means by which corporations are directed and controlled. It focuses on the interests and relationships among shareholders, the board of directors, corporate management, and other stakeholders such as customers, employees, creditors, the environment and local communities.

This seminar should be taken by those interested in comparative corporate law, business management, and economic and political development.

In considering the allocation of responsibility among corporate actors, we will focus on the following: (i) internal corporate governance mechanisms, particularly the function and duties of the board of directors, (ii) external market pressures, including institutional investors and the market for corporate control, and (iii) the corporate purpose dilemma and the appropriate role and consideration of non-shareholder stakeholders. Our study will begin with an overview of the fundamental concepts and theories of corporate governance. We will then continue to discuss emerging issues in corporate governance and discuss how different jurisdictions are responding to these challenges.

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Course Convenor: Visiting Prof Poonam Puri

Co-teacher(s): NA

Module Codes: LL4065 / LL5065 / LL6065 / LLJ5065

Contact Hours: 9 session over 3 weeks: Three 3hr weekly seminar

Workload: Intensive course: Wk 1 - 3; Dates: *9- 27 Aug 2021 [Mon, Wed: 6.30 - 9.30pm; & Fri: 2.30 - 5.30pm] [*make-up seminars for Mon, 9 Aug on Sat, 14 Aug (1-4pm)]

Mode of Assessment: Class Participation - 20% & Research Paper (5000 words, excluding footnotes) - 80% [Due: Fri, 1 Oct 2021 (9pm)]

Preclusions: Not opened to students who have taken or are taking (1) Singapore Corporate Governance [LL4162/LL5162/LL6162; LL4162V/LL5162V/LL6162V]; (2) Corporate Governance in the US and UK [LL4229/LL5229/LL6229; LL4229V/LL5229V/LL6229V]; (3) Comparative Corporate Law [LL4173/LL5173/LL6173/LLJ5173; LL4173V/LL5173V/LL6173V/LLJ5173V]

Prerequisites: (a) NUS Compulsory Core Law Curriculum or common law equivalent. (b) Company Law [LLB2008/LC2008] or its equivalent in a common law jurisdiction (may be taken concurrently).

Examination Date: Different Mode of Examination

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