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2018 Law Oration: Human Rights and Good Corporate Governance

Are wrongs lawfully committed good corporate citizenry?

Following on from last year’s successful conference on freedom of navigation in the Indian Ocean, the Law Oration returns to Deakin Edge in Melbourne’s Federation Square on Thursday, 22 February 2018.

Established by Deakin Law School (DLS), the annual Deakin Law Oration is typically delivered by a leading expert on a topic of relevance to the national and international legal community. This year’s oration titled, “Human Rights and Good Corporate Citizenry”, will be delivered by Professor Mervyn King SC.

Professor Mervyn King is a Senior Counsel and former Judge of the Supreme Court of South Africa.  He is Professor Extraordinaire at the University of South Africa on Corporate Citizenship, Honorary Professor at the Universities of Pretoria and Cape Town and a Visiting Professor at Rhodes. He has an honorary Doctorate of Laws from the Universities of the Witwatersrand and Leeds, is Chairman of the King Committee on Corporate Governance in South Africa, which produced King I, II, III and IV, and Chairman of the Good Law Foundation.

Professor King is Chairman of the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC), Chairman Emeritus of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) and a member of the Private Sector Advisory Group to the World Bank on Corporate Governance. He chaired the United Nations Committee on Governance and Oversight and was President of the Advertising Standards Authority for 15 years. Being a Senior Counsel member of the Supreme Court of South Africa and Professor of both the University of South Africa and Universities of Pretoria, Professor King brings a wealth of experience and knowledge in human rights and corporate governance.

With such an accomplished and experienced profile, Professor King will bring with him a wealth of knowledge on human rights and corporate governance to enlighten the audience at this year’s oration.

In his address, Professor King will explore the accountability of organisations’ business model in its impact on the economy, society, environment, and the rights inherent to all human beings.

Professor King will point out that although International law recognises crimes against humanity, the wrongs lawfully committed by companies’ adversely impacting individuals and society as a whole is overlooked. Professor King will question whether such acts constitute as being a good corporate citizen and investigate the consequences of such acts for the company and those who manage its business.

Given today’s severity in human rights and corporate governance, the topic is of significant relevance for legal practitioners, lawyers, law students and the wider community.

Find out more about the importance of corporate governance and the interrelationship it has with human rights at this Law Oration. Register today for the oration and be part of a learned gathering of legal practitioners and business professionals. To secure your spot at this prestigious event, register your details via the registration page. For more details, please visit the 2018 Law Oration webpage

Event Details

Thursday 22 February 2018

5.30 PM – 7.15 PM (AEDT)

Deakin Edge
Federation Square
1 Flinders Street
VIC 3000

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