Associate Professor Kath Hall

Associate Professor
LLB(Hons)(Adel) LLM(Lond) GDLP PhD (ANU) Associate Professor
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Dr Kath Hall is an internationally recognised expert on transnational corporate corruption and foreign bribery regulation. During 2017, Kath is
* Deputy Director (Law) of the Transnational Research Institute on Corruption, ANU,
* a Chief Investigator in an ARC research project on reform of private sector whistleblowing laws in Australia,
* delivering training on Psychology and Corruption at the International Anti-Corruption Academy (Vienna),
* Chair of the International Bar Association Anti-Corruption subcommittee on the Drivers of Corruption, and
* member of ISO TC 309 that is working on developing a global standard for best practice whistleblowing processes.

During 2015 - 2016 Kath worked with Standards Australia on the development of ISO 37001 standard on Anti-Corruption Management Compliance Systems, and in 2012 - 2014 she was a non-residential Fellow at Harvard University's Edmond J Safra Center for Ethics, researching the role of global lawyers in the development of transnational regulation.

Kath's practical experience comes from living and working in Asia, including in Hong Kong, Mongolia, Jakarta and Manila. From 2014 - 2016 she was the Co-ordinator (Law) of a Government Partnership for Development between the ANU College of Law and the Department of Law, University of Yangon, Myanmar.

Kath's research reflects a strong theoretical and practical understanding of the complexities involved in regulating global corporations, transnational corruption and global law firms. She is currently writing up research on Corporate Whistleblowing Laws in Australia and Mapping Transnational Anti-Corruption Regulation. Kath has also published extensively on the psychology of corporate misconduct and student wellbeing.

In the ANU College of Law Kath teaches Corporations Law, Transnational Anti-Corruption Law and Corporate Governance. In 2013 she was awarded an ANU College of Law Award for Excellence in Teaching and in 2014 a Vice-Chancellors Commendation for Teaching Excellence.


For 2012-14 Kath was a Non-Residential Fellow at the Edmond John Safra Centre for Ethics at Harvard University. Between 2014 - 2016 Kath is the coordinator of the law component of the Government Partnership for Development with ANU/DFAT Developing Myanmar's research capacity, in collaboration with the Department of Law University of Yangon. Kath is the Deputy Director (Law) of the ANU Transnational Research Institute on Corruption and a member of Standards Australia's Committee advising on the developing an Anti-Corruption Compliance Standard. 

Recent news

Two people shacking hands in corporate setting
Inadequate whistleblower laws have come under scrutiny in a new book which urges sweeping law reform for Australia in a wide range of areas.
Heather Cork
Heather Cork was awarded a Summer Research Scholarship exploring whistle-blowing in the private sector before beginning her Honours semester at the ANU College of Law.
We need a global education campaign to change corporate attitudes that bribery is a necessary part of doing business abroad, writes ANU Law expert Kath Hall.
ANU Law expert Associate Professor Hall argues that while Australia’s regulatory authorities are diligent and conscientious, the deficiencies in corruption regulation have been on show this year.

Past events

World currency
5.30PM to 7.00PM CIPL Seminar
  • International lawyer Stephane Brabant
  • AFP Commander Peter Crozier
  • Dr Kath Hall

Over recent years there has been a flurry of regulatory activity in relation to foreign bribery and corruption. Last year multi-national companies paid over $2.9 billion to resolve cases in the US, and Rolls Royce entered the largest deferred prosecution agreement in the UK for over $1.1 billion. 

Please note, only a small selection of recent publications and activities are listed below.

Research biography

Dr Kath Hall is an internationally recognised expert in Transnational Anti-Corruption and Foreign Bribery Regulation, and Corporate Law. She regularly speaks on these topics to the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime Anti-Corruption Academic Initiative (Vienna and Qatar), the International Bar Association (London and Paris) and the International Anti-Corruption Academy (Vienna). She is the chair of the International Bar Association, Drivers of Corruption Sub-Committee, and a Director of the Transnational Research Centre on Corruption (ANU).

Kath’s research focuses on development of transnational anti-corruption regulation, particularly the drivers of corruption, and the role of global lawyers in the development of transnational law. Her expertise has been recognised through a non-residential Lab Fellowship at Harvard University’s Edmond J Safra Center for Ethics (2012-2014) and a joint ARC grant on private sector whistleblower regulation.

Since 2014 Kath has been the Project Leader for research collaboration between Yangon University, Department of Law and ANU College of Law. Kath has also published extensively on the psychology of corporate misconduct and law student wellbeing.

Currently supervising

  • Doctor of Juridical Science (SJD)
    Topic: The political economy of international financial governance and regulation post-Lehman: Where ethics fails the law prevails.

Current courses

Year Course code Course name
2018 LAWS8009
Class #6859
Transnational Anti-Corruption Laws

Previous courses

Year Course code Course name
2017 LAWS8009
Class #6860
Transnational Anti-Corruption Laws
2017 LAWS2203
Class #2346
Corporations Law
2017 LAWS6203
Class #3718
Corporations Law
Author(s): Kath Hall, Milton C Regan Jr, Georgetown University

This paper examines the growth of transnational governance, and what it means for business lawyers advising multinational corporate clients. The term “governance” incorporates the network of actors, instruments and mechanisms that now govern transnational corporations, separate from the nation state. It is reasonable to expect that lawyers play an important role in advising business clients on how to effectively operate within this system. Indeed, many transnational legal instruments are intended to enhance clients’ business goals by enabling them to engage more efficiently in cross-border commerce. Other forms of regulation, such as human rights regulation, purports to impose requirements on companies that go beyond what is necessary to enhance cross-border commerce. 

In this paper we discuss the transnational governance regime that has arisen to address the adverse human rights impacts of business activities. We focus in particular on the United Nations (UN) Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, which were adopted by the UN Human Rights Council in 2011. We ask what if any role is there for lawyers in fostering acknowledgment and fulfilment of these responsibilities among clients? Is the duty to respect human rights a “legal” obligation in any sense? If a lawyer does provide advice, should it encompass only legal risks to the company that fall within the lawyer’s traditionally defined specialized expertise? Or should it go beyond that to include other concerns?

Centre: CIPL

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