Projects

Sharing the Wealth: Tax and Justice in The Slow Growth Era

This project aims to address fundamental problems of injustice in taxation emerging in the transition to a slow growth economy in Australia and globally. The project applies interdisciplinary approaches to generate new knowledge that aims to update frameworks for justice in taxation, refreshing out-dated 20th century ethical and legal approaches.

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Restoring Public Trust in Charities – Reforming Governance and Enforcement

'Restoring public trust in charities – reforming governance and enforcement' is a project from the Centre for Corporate Law which aims to undertake comparative analysis and empirical research and to develop proposals for effective law and policy reform. It is expected to strengthen and maximize the charity sector’s capacity to contribute to social and economic life in Australia.

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Regulating Power and Corporate Misconduct

This project aims to map and critically analyse the shift towards negotiated enforcement in response to corporate misconduct in the financial sector. There is growing concern within the community, consumer advocates, elected representatives and the finance industry itself about the increasing use by regulators of negotiated enforcement mechanisms rather than litigation to counter serious corporate misconduct in the financial sector.

Reforming Not-for-Profit Regulation Project

This collaborative project examined the appropriateness of existing corporate legal frameworks as they apply to not-for-profit (NFP) companies. It challenged the application of laws designed for companies with profit making objectives to NFP organisations. The project considered the issues of reporting and accountability to NFP stakeholders and how these stakeholders (and their needs) differ from those of stakeholders in 'for-profit' companies.

Phoenix Activity: Regulating Fraudulent Use of the Corporate Form

To strengthen Australia's economic fabric, this project aims to determine the optimal method of dealing with fraudulent phoenix activity through a thorough examination of all of its aspects in Australia and by a comparative analysis of international responses.

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Personal Insolvency Project

This project entails an in-depth study of the relationship between financial stress and Australian personal insolvency laws in order to evaluate the effectiveness of these laws in practice. Major surveys of financial counsellors, consumer solicitors, consumer advocates and their clients will reveal how Australians respond to financial stress within the framework of Australia's personal insolvency laws, allowing for a detailed evaluation of that framework.

Not-for-Profit Project

'Defining, Regulating and Taxing the Not-for-Profit Sector in Australia: Law and Policy for the 21st Century' is a project that addresses both the needs of the Not-for-profit sector and public expectations of it by comprehensively researching legal definition, regulation and tax rules and recommending appropriate reform

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Legal Origins: The Impact of Different Legal Systems on the Regulation of the Business Enterprise in the Asia-Pacific Region Project

'Legal Origins: The Impact of Different Legal Systems on the Regulation of the Business Enterprise in the Asia-Pacific Region Project' investigates whether the origin of a country's legal system (common law, civil law, and so on) gives rise to a distinctive regulatory style/legal environment which is more, or less, conducive to the efficient operation of the business enterprise.

Harmful Financial Products Project

This research will fill a significant gap in Australian scholars’ and policymakers’ knowledge of harmful financial products, their impact on the lives of Australian consumers and their role in perpetuating financial exclusion. It will combine a comprehensive legal analysis with a rigorous empirical study of these products and their impact.

Financial Regulation in Asia – A New Model for Regional Cooperation

This research project explores whether greater regional cooperation in financial regulation and integration is needed in Asia, in light of the US/EU-centric development of international regulatory standards and rules, and the appropriateness of possible forms of regional architectures to achieve greater regional cooperation.

Financial Literacy Project

The 'Safeguarding the Financial Wellbeing of Australians by Improving Financial Literacy Project' is an initiative of the Centre for Corporate Law at Melbourne Law School. The project contributes to a broader understanding of the role of financial literacy and consumer behaviour in Australia, and its relationship with Australia's financial services and consumer protection laws.

Financial Exclusion, Poor Insurer Practices and Consumer Protection Project

The 'Financial Exclusion, Poor Insurer Practices and Consumer Protection' project is Australia’s first large-scale empirical study examining financial exclusion and lack of access to general insurance, as well as poor insurer practices in selling insurance and handling claims. Through surveys, focus groups and interviews, the project also aims to evaluate the effectiveness of the legal protections for consumers of general insurance.

Corporate Governance and Workplace Partnerships Project

The Corporate Governance and Workplace Partnerships Project will examine the interaction between several key factors in the creation and sustainability of 'Partnerships at Work'. The project proposes to discover how these various factors (particular employment systems, forms of corporate governance and ownership structures) have interacted so as to give rise to — or fail to give rise to — 'high performance' partnership-style relations at work.

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