Re: The Corporation
Re-Thinking, Re-Forming, Re-Imagining
Sunday 3 July - Tuesday 5 July 2022
It is our great pleasure to announce that the 2022 conference of the Society of Corporate Law Academics will be hosted by the School of Law and Society, University of the Sunshine Coast. The conference will run in blended/hybrid mode, with the options for in-person or virtual participation for all sessions.
In the matter of the corporation
The global need for us to live sustainability into the future, keep pace with technological development and respond to social and economic inequalities (exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic) have given rise to multiple calls to re-think, re-theorise, re-construct, re-configure, re-define, re-conceptualise, re-purpose and re-invent the corporation. These calls accompany diverse proposals: imbuing existing legal frameworks with a new emphasis on corporate virtue, ethical standards, a social licence to operate or corporate purpose; minor or major reforms of national and global legal frameworks; moving beyond existing legal frameworks and emphasising non-legal forms of norm-creation; or progressing alternatives to the shareholder-dominant corporation (co-operatives, benefit corporations, digital platforms). The emphasis of the prefix ‘re’, in each of these calls, however, encapsulates a return, a do-over, a need to perform a task again, which extends at times to a process of literally re-forming the corporate form, imagining alternative possibilities and thinking it anew.
This conference, the first under the association’s new name emphasising its commitment to leading scholarship in corporate law across Australia, New Zealand and the region, asks for papers to critically, conceptually and pragmatically engage with these calls that re-think, re-form and re-imagine the corporation. It sees the processes of thinking and re-thinking, imagining and re-imagining, the corporation and its regulation as central to the task of both reform and the corporate law scholar.
Paper and panel proposals could include consideration of:
- Which Comes First – Reimagining the Corporation or Reimagining Capitalism?
- Past, Present and Future projects to re-think corporate governance and regulation
- Re-form-ing the Corporation: From Co-operatives to Benefit Corporations, Incorporated Associations to Digital Companies
- Reimagining Corporate Purpose: From Profit to Sustainability and Beyond
- Rethinking the Role of the Shareholder – Individual, Activist, Institutional, Defunct
- Corporate Law Reform, where to from here?
- State and Corporate Sovereignty in Pandemic Times
- (Re)imagining a Decolonised Corporation
- Digital Futures for the Corporate Form and Corporate Governance: Blockchain and AI as New Possibilities or More of the Same?
- Re-thinking Attribution and the Criminal Corporation
- Reforming Complexity: the ALRC and Simplifying the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth)
- Any other papers related to corporations, corporate law and regulation
Note: the Call for Papers is now closed.
Professor Sundhya Pahuja
Professor Sundhya Pahuja is ARC Kathleen Fitzpatrick Laureate Professor, and Director of the Institute for International Law and the Humanities at the Melbourne Law School.
Professor Bronwen Morgan
Professor Bronwen Morgan is a Professor of Law at University of NSW, and co-founder of the New Economy Network of Australia. Her research explores creative ways of re-imagining the economy to respond to contemporary challenges.
Plenary Panel One
"Thinking and Re-Thinking the Best Interests of the Corporation: From Shareholder to Entity Primacy, Stakeholder Capitalism to Corporate Purpose"
Professor Susan Watson
University of Auckland
Dr Tim Connor
University of Newcastle
Professor Rosemary Langford
University of Melbourne
Plenary Panel Two
“Reforming the Corporation: Past, Present and Potential Futures for Corporate and Financial Services Law Reform”
Associate Professor Andrew Godwin
Australian Law Reform Commission
University of Melbourne
Mr Matthew Corrigan
Australian Law Reform Commission
Professor Elise Bant
University of Western Australia
Professor Penny Crofts
University of Technology Sydney
Proudly Sponsored By
(closed 20 June 2022)
- HDR / Postgraduate student / Unwaged A$250
- Early Career Researcher rate A$300
- Full registration A$495
- One day registration (nominate the day - Monday or Tuesday) A$250
SCOLA 2022 Conference will be held fully online if in-person attendance is not permittable due to a Queensland Health COVID-19 directive. Refunds of the balance between in-person and online registrations will be provided.
In-person registration can be converted to online registration up to 20 June 2022. After this date, registration can be converted to online registration due to a Queensland Health COVID-19 directive only. Please contact email@example.com. A refund of the balance between in-person and online registration will be provided.
(register by 17 June 2022 to receive conference pack)
- Single online rate A$160
Online registration includes a special conference pack that will be mailed out prior to the conference. Registration is available up until Thursday 30 June. To ensure pack arrives prior to conference start, please register by 17 June 2022.
The conference will be held from Sunday 3 July to Tuesday 5 July 2022 availability for in-person and online attendance.
There will be a conference dinner for in-person attendees.
In-person: USC Sunshine Coast Campus
USC Sunshine Coast campus
90 Sippy Downs Drive
Sippy Downs Queensland 4556
Online: via Zoom
Delegates will be sent information on using Zoom and all session links a few days prior to conference start.
The conference will be held at the USC Sunshine Coast campus and via online.
The Sunshine Coast is a fast-growing regional area of South East Queensland approximately 1 hour north of Brisbane; Queensland’s capital and largest city.
How do I get there?
There is all day paid parking $5 at USC Sunshine Coast campus. Please see the USC Sunshine Coast campus map for details.
By public transport
Travel to the Sunshine Coast from Brisbane can be planned on public transport through Translink, South East Queensland’s public transport provider. Destination: USC Station.
You can fly directly to the Sunshine Coast. Flights to and from Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, and Auckland are serviced by the Sunshine Coast Airport. Alternatively, you can fly into Brisbane airport. See Con-X-ion shuttle bus option from Brisbane airport to the Sunshine Coast or Sunshine Coast Airport to Mooloolaba.
Where should I stay?
The Sunshine Coast is a coastal suburb located 97km north of Brisbane. There are a range of hotel, apartment, resort and AirBnB accommodation options available in Mooloolaba, Alexandra Headland and Maroochydore. Each of these are approximately a 10-15minute drive to USC Sunshine Coast and approximately a 15 minute drive to the Sunshine Coast airport.
There is a special conference rate available at the Holiday Inn Express & Suite Sunshine Coast, 42 First Avenue and Fairway Drive, Maroochydore. The rate is $154 per night and is available for Saturday 2nd, Sunday 3rd, Monday 4th and Tuesday 5th July, subject to availability.
To book and gain access to the conference rate, please use the the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Sunshine Coast, SCOLA 2022 Booking link and search for the relevant dates.