Corporate governance and members' rights at Australian public universities

Orr, John (2007) Corporate governance and members' rights at Australian public universities. In: 2007 Corporate Law Teachers Conference: Corporate Law and Corporate Governance: Stocktaking on Compliance and Enforcement, 4-6 Feb 2007, Melbourne, Australia.

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[Abstract]: Corporate members have important legal rights that are incorporated into the statutory and common law of Australia. These members’ rights serve as a protective mechanism against abuse and mismanagement by those that govern corporate business. Australian universities are statutory corporations, some of which have statutory member provisions in their enabling legislation. Universities are being forced to venture further into commercial operations to survive and in some instances are undertaking unacceptable risks in their commercial activities. Some universities are experiencing difficult financial times and the following question is raised: What avenues do university members have to protect themselves where their university’s commercial ventures threaten to undermine the core purpose of higher education?

The presentation will discuss some legal characteristics of Australian public universities as they relate to university members and members rights.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
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Item Status: Live Archive
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Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Business - Department of Law
Date Deposited: 20 May 2009 06:36
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 23:15
Uncontrolled Keywords: corporate governance; universities; Australia
Fields of Research : 18 Law and Legal Studies > 1801 Law > 180109 Corporations and Associations Law

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