Associate Professor Kath Hall

Associate Professor
LLB(Hons)(Adel) LLM(Lond) GDLP PhD (ANU) Associate Professor
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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.

Appointments

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

19
Dec
2016
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.
17
May
2016
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.
11
Apr
2016
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.
17
Dec
2015
Three ANU law students have won the opportunity to spend their holiday break studying with academics from the ANU College of Law through the Summer Research Scholarship.

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
2017 LAWS2203
Class #2346
Corporations Law
2017 LAWS6203
Class #3718
Corporations Law
2017 LAWS8009
Class #6860
Transnational Anti-Corruption Laws
04
Jan
2016
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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