Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Semester 2
GF10110/LA10110/GF30110/LA30110 or LA15710 and GF15830/LA15830/LA35830 or LA35310
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 16 Hours total
Seminars / Tutorials 3 Hours. 3 x 1 hour seminars.


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Exam 1.5 Hours   Exam  Candidates are not permitted to bring any books, notes or any other materials into the examination.  100%
Supplementary Exam 1.5 Hours   Exam  Candidates are not permitted to bring any books, notes or any other materials into the examination.  100%

Learning Outcomes

Students studying this module should be able to describe the distinguishing features of the company both in terms of its internal organization and its external recognition. Beyond that, Corporate Governance will enable students to describe the competing interests which the peculiar features of the company give rise to or polarise and critically analyze how various instances of statute and case law seek to balance these interests. More specifically, students should, for example, be able to explain why extending the crime of manslaughter to companies or integrating the legal concept of corporate social responsibility within company law has proved problematic.


1. The Company and Transnational Companies
2. Theories of the Company
3. Corporate Manslaughter
4. Forumshopping, and Human Rights and The Alien Tort Claims Act
5. McDonalds and Nike - Victims?

Brief description

Corporate Governance will, first of all, introduce students to the legal concept of the company and its basic internal organization.

From there the modules will be structured to reflect the various tensions between competing interests which arise from the distinct internal organization of the company as well as from the external recognition of companies and their limited liability status, with particular focus on public companies. So, for example, the modules will explore the implications of the artificial personality of the company for those transacting with it, the potential and actual abuses of this fictitious-person status and how the law seeks to deal with them. The module also examines the tensions arising from the separation of ownership and control within companies and from the democratic decision'raking process by their owners.

By examining concepts such as corporate social responsibility and corporate manslaughter, the module touches upon recent and growing pressures on regulators to acknowledge the drastic impact companies have on all spheres of our lives. These topics illustrate particularly well the dynamic aspect of corporate governance and the constant struggle by the law to balance deserving competing interests.


The aim of this module is to provide students with an insight into the theoretical foundations of company law and into the legal, jurisprudential and societal problems arising from the in many ways highly successful legal construct of the company.


This module is at CQFW Level 6