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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4.55pm Monday 13 February 2017

Director(s)

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Pauline Ridge

Recently

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.

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
Associate Professor

Members


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

Michelle Worthington
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

Latest news

08
Mar
2017
Women in meeting

Law is by no means a male-dominated degree, but beyond graduation, certain fields of the profession see their female lawyers fall away. Why?

08
Feb
2017
Blurred Crowd

How might the Trump era affect trends in responsible business (and its regulation)? Associate Professor Jolyon Ford' returns to his blog Private Sector - Public World for the first post of 2017.

20
Jan
2017
Barry Yau

Impressions of commercial law often contrast with the reality of the broadness of commercial practice and the wide variety of clients, representing a vibrant area of legal practice beyond the stereotypes.

20
Dec
2016
Naomi Wootton

As she sees out her final days as a research assistant at the National Judicial College of Australia (NJCA), ANU College of Law graduate and University Medal recipient Naomi Wootton has reflected on how much she enjoyed studying law.

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.

In the Media

22
Mar
2017

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

Simon Rice, 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

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? 

16
Sep
2016

Commercial Law and Government

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9.00AM to 5.00PM
  • The Hon Justice John Griffiths, Federal Court of Australia
23
Mar
2016

Plaintiff M68/2015 v Minister for Immigration and Border Protection

6.00PM to 7.00PM
  • Dilan Thampapillai, ANU College of Law
  • Professor Fiona Wheeler, ANU College of Law
  • Associate Professor Matthew Zagor, ANU College of Law

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
Author(s):

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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