Deakin Law School news bites.
The 2016 International Insolvency Studies bronze medal prize has been awarded to DLS PhD student Michael Guihot.The prize is awarded for original legal research, commentary or analysis on topics of international insolvency and restructuring significance and on comparative international analysis of domestic insolvency and restructuring issues and developments. Michael’s medal-winning entry "Cross-border insolvency: A Case for a Transaction Cost Economics Analysis" will be considered for publication in the Norton Journal of Bankruptcy Law and Practice (West) and for inclusion in the Westlaw electronic database.
JD deputy director and Deakin Law School lecturer Dr M. Ehteshamul Bari’s article, titled 'The Natural Death of the Supreme Judicial Commission of Bangladesh and the Consequent Patronage Appointments to the Bench: Advocating the Establishment of an Independent Judicial Commission', has been extensively referred to by the prestigious Dhaka Courier in its recent brief on the superior judiciary of Bangladesh. The brief can be accessed on the Dakha Courier website.
'The announcement today by CSIRO to establish a national climate research centre in Hobart suggests a strong shift in strategic direction. Following close on the heels of the decision by CSIRO Chief, Dr Larry Marshall, to reduce the climate research division at CSIRO, with approximately 275 climate change scientists and research staff at CSIRO losing their jobs, this new centre comes as a welcome relief. It will, of course, need to facilitate significant external collaboration to ensure success. Viewed from a positive perspective, and without in any way negating the devastating impact of the loss of crucial CSIRO researchers, it is to be hoped that this new initiative will fill what has become a gaping hole in climate change research in Australia. A national climate change centre capable of facilitating strong, collaborative, inter-disciplinary research is a crucially important move towards understanding and responding more effectively to the enormous imperatives connected with our climate change future.'
Deakin Law School lecturer, Dr Benjamin Hayward, recently presented a CPD seminar on ‘The Australian Arbitration Framework’ at a seminar series run by the Resolution Institute – a professional alternative dispute resolution body. Dr Hayward’s seminar was well attended by the profession, as well as interested law students, and addressed the legal rules underpinning international commercial arbitration and domestic commercial arbitration in Australia. A copy of Dr Hayward’s paper delivered at the seminar can be downloaded on the Deakin University website.
On Saturday 19 March 2016, Professor Jean Du Plessis, Director, Centre for Comparative Corporate Governance and Professor at Deakin Law School, addressed 350 delegates attending the Rotary District Conference. The conference theme was 'Ethics in Leadership'. Professor Du Plessis focused on the importance of business ethics and, in particular the importance of a code of conduct. He argued that the ethical tone should be set at the top, but the ethical behaviour should be promoted throughout any organisation.
Dan Simmonds, Managing Principal Harwood Andrews Lawyers, chaired the session and emphasised the importance of different types of ethical conduct in different environments as well as the hypothesis of 'What is really the truth?'. Paul Cohen, Acting CEO, Barwon Health, focused on ethical behaviour in a medical and health context, while Stephanie Beard, Human Resources Manager at Harwood Andrews emphasised the importance of strong leadership in an organisation and fair treatment and openness in the workplace to create a friendly and collegial working environment.
Photo left to right: Dan Simmonds, Stephanie Beard Paul Cohen and Professor Jean du Plessis
On invitation from the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC), Professor Sandeep Gopalan, Dean of Law and Head of Deakin Law School and Professor Jean Du Plessis, Director, Centre for Comparative Corporate Governance and Professor at Deakin Law School, recently addressed 48 members of the ASIC Management Investment and Superannuation (IMF) team. The conference theme 'Workforce Diversity', lent itself to a focus on the merits and advantages of board gender diversity and both Prof. Gopalan and Prof. Du Plessis speculated, whether or not the business case for more women on boards should be the main argument for or against better board gender diversity.
The session was chaired by ASIC Commissioner John Price.
Photo left to right: Professor Sandeep Gopalan, Commissioner John Price, Professor Jean Du Plessis and Mr Tim Walker
One of Deakin Law School's core strengths is its focus on course enrichment via the injection of real world experience for undergraduates. On 5 February, DLS students greatly benefited from a visit by Mr Neil Samuel, Managing Director of Dryen Australia Pty Ltd, which holds approximately 20 per cent of the Australian domestic bed linen market.
Mr Samual shared his key insights of conducting business with China, including advice on cultural sensitivities, business negotiation techniques, economic challenges and political awareness.
Over half of babies born at 23 weeks will have a disability, with 17 per cent of 23 weekers having a severe disability. Babies born at this age (extreme prematurity is defined at 24 weeks or less) face an uphill battle to survive.
And if they do, parents and staff often have to face what life looks like with a disability.