Centre for Commercial Law

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The ANU College of Law Centre for Commercial Law is a centre of excellence in private and government commercial law reform, advice and policy evaluation, and a leader in commercial law research and teaching. It also provides a national forum for academics, practitioners and regulators working in private and government commercial law.

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1.45pm Monday 16 April 2018

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Pauline Ridge

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9
Mar
2017
Hugely successful Women in Commercial Law Forum brings together four ANU Law alumni

The Women in Commercial Law Forum presents four ANU Law alumni, each a leader in her field, speaking candidly about the rewards and the challenges of working as women in the area of commercial law.

Photos from the evening can be viewed on Flickr.

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2018
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The Australian National University (ANU) has reaffirmed its position as a leading global university with the latest rankings listing four subjects in the world's top 10, and 13 subjects listed in the top 20 in the world.
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Pop culture can have a major influence in shaping a law student’s outlook towards legal practice.
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ANU Honours student Alice Dawkins has been selected from over 4,000 applicants worldwide as a Schwarzman Scholar for 2018/2019.
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Nov
2017
Professor Stephen Bottomley, Mary Spiers Williams and Professor Kim Rubenstein at the 2017 ANU Staff Excellence Awards
Awards season is underway at the Australian National University and many of our colleagues in the ANU College of Law have been recognised for the important contribution they make.
28
Nov
2017
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The relationship between legal ethics and morality.

In the Media

15
Mar
2018

Who are South Africa's 'persecuted' white farmers?

Jolyon Ford interviewed by SBS News

28
Nov
2017

Zimbabwe: new Finance Minister named

Jolyon Ford speaks to ABC The World Today

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04
Sep
2017

College in focus – ANU College of Law

Stephen Bottomley On Campus

22
Mar
2017

Everything you need to know about changes to the Racial Discrimination Act

Dilan Thampapillai, Margaret Thornton speaks to News.com.au

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22
Oct
2016

Business for Peace: Who profits in the long run?

Jolyon Ford interviewed by ABC 666 Breakfast

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Upcoming events

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Past events

05
Oct
2017

Foreign bribery and corruption: Are we making a difference?

World currency
5.30PM to 7.00PM
  • 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. 

08
Sep
2017

40th Anniversary of the Federal Court of Australia

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9.00AM to 1.00PM

The ANU Centre for Commercial Law and Centre for International and Public Law are proud to announce a conference to mark the 40th anniversary of the establishment of the Federal Court of Australia. 

06
Jun
2017

Data protection regulation in the EU: Impact on Australia and non-European jurisdictions

Lee Bygrave
11.30AM to 1.00PM
  • Professor Lee A. Bygrave, University of Oslo

The European Union’s regulatory framework for protection of personal data is undergoing major reform. It is a framework which many regard as setting a benchmark for “best practice” globally, significantly shaping the regulatory policy of non-European countries, including Australia.

08
May
2017

Wellbeing in the Law Week - Mon 8 to Fri 12 May

Wellbeing week
12.00PM to 5.00PM

The ANU College of Law is committed to health and wellbeing in the law, for all our students and academic and professional staff. This is the inaugural Wellbeing in the Law Week, presented by the ANU College of Law Wellbeing Initiative and the ANU Law Students' Society.

09
Mar
2017

Women in Commercial Law Forum

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5.30PM to 7.00PM

Careers in commercial law – whether in legal practice, business, government or academia – can be rewarding, intellectually challenging and exciting. Many ANU Law graduates go on to have highly successful commercial law careers. But how many are women? 

The ANU College of Law Centre for Commercial Law is a centre of excellence in private and government commercial law reform, advice and policy evaluation, and a leader in commercial law research and teaching. It also provides a national forum for academics, practitioners and regulators working in private and government commercial law.

We host an annual conference as well as regular seminars and workshops. Our members also run consultancies for legal practitioners, government and the business community on commercial law issues, particularly as they affect government commercial practice.

Our researchers specialise in emerging commercial law areas, particularly corporatisation, privatisation, government contracting, globalisation and international aspects of commercial law. 

Research and projects undertaken at the Centre also cover 'traditional' areas of commercial practice such as bankruptcy and insolvency, companies, securities, contracts, equity, intellectual property, personal property securities, trade practices and taxation.

The Centre was established in 1998 and its current director is Pauline Ridge.

Directors


Pauline Ridge
Professor

Members


George Barker
Honorary Associate Professor

Pauline Bomball
Lecturer

Stephen Bottomley
Professor

Alex Bruce
Associate Professor

Jolyon Ford
Associate Professor

Kath Hall
Associate Professor

Darryn Jensen
Senior Lecturer

Victoria Lambropoulos
Senior Lecturer

Anne McNaughton
Senior Lecturer

Cameron Roles
Senior Lecturer

Peta Spender
Professor

Daniel Stewart
Senior Lecturer

Michael Tarlowski
Associate Lecturer

Dilan Thampapillai
Senior Lecturer

Barry Yau
Lecturer

Higher degree research students


Harriet Gray
PhD Candidate

Affiliates

Lecturer
Research School of Accounting, ANU College of Business and Economics
The Australian National University
Canberra, Australia
Associate Professor and Reader
The Australian National University
Canberra, Australia
Russell Miller
Consultant
Minter Ellison
Sydney, Australia

Members of the Centre for Commercial Law are involved in teaching a variety of courses at both undergraduate and postgraduate level at ANU Law.

The ANU Master of Law offers a flexible coursework structure which enables students to undertake a variety of courses. Most courses are taught intensively over periods of two to six days.

Courses may also be studied as a single subject without being part of a full award program or degree. You can take any one of our 80+ Masters courses as a single subject with assessment. This is called ‘non-award study’.

Courses in the Masters Program can also be undertaken on a Professional Development basis where students attend the intensive days but do not complete the assessment nor receive a grade for the course.

Members of the Centre are also available to supervise research students in commercial law topics. For further information, see the Higher Degree Research page.

01
Mar
2016
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This article considers fragmented property systems – the phenomenon of contested, separated or overlapping sub-systems within a national property jurisdiction. One example is circumstances of property despite law. Globally, as many as a billion people claim de facto property without recognition by law in urban informal settlements and agro-pastoral or forested areas. Another example is property without transition to law. Many households in the developing world regulate land markets through local mechanisms notwithstanding opportunities or requirements to use law.

The article provides a conceptual frame for the emergence of property system fragmentation based on the private coordination of property relations. The article argues that fragmentation emerges in complex property systems where law attempts to displace property coordination mechanisms, but fails to induce a critical mass of property participants to alter coordination strategies. A focus on coordination provides a means to combine the methodological individualism of economic narratives with collective variables highlighted by other perspectives on property such as anthropology and complex systems theory.

Centre: CCL
Research theme: Private Law

Activities archive

9
Mar
2017
Hugely successful Women in Commercial Law Forum brings together four ANU Law alumni

The Women in Commercial Law Forum presents four ANU Law alumni, each a leader in her field, speaking candidly about the rewards and the challenges of working as women in the area of commercial law.

Photos from the evening can be viewed on Flickr.

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