21 August 2015
International Corporate Governance & Banking Law
Corporate governance is an area that has grown rapidly in the past few decades and is now at the heart of the global responses to the financial crisis of 2007-9. Corporate governance is about how a (public) company is structured and directed. With the process of economic globalisation, the increasing market internationalisation and the mobility of capital, corporate governance is not solely a domestic concern and it increasingly requires an international approach.
This course is designed to provide an understanding of the ever-changing nature of corporate governance not just in the UK, but also internationally, including Europe and the US and to illustrate the importance of good corporate governance practices to executives, to board directors, shareholders, and other stakeholders, and to the wider community.
The first part of this course will provide students with a theoretical framework to understand corporate governance problems. To this effect, the module will start with an examination of the economic foundations of the corporate system and the separation of ownership and control. We will then shift our focus to the debate over the social role of public companies and juxtapose the shareholder primacy theory and the stakeholder theory of the firm. After illustrating the origins of the corporate governance debate we will look at the development of international corporate governance codes (e.g. OECD Principles of Corporate Governance) and their relationship with national corporate governance codes (e.g. the UK Corporate Governance Code).
The last part of this course will consider the legal relationship between the three key players of the modern public companies – the executives (managers), the board of directors and the shareholders. Topics to be covered include board diversity (e.g. advantages and disadvantages of the one-tier and two-tier board systems, independent directors) and the role that activist shareholders (especially institutional investors) can potentially play in providing a system of checks and balances and promoting accountability and transparency in public companies.
Dr. Dionsiya Katelouzou, King’s College London & Dr. Andromachi Georgosouli, Queen Mary
GBP 1450: Please note that the fee includes all four courses in International Commercial Law (LAW01, LAW02, LAW03, LAW04) which will be undertaken in 40 hours of lectures in total.
Tuition Fee Includes:
Full Admin and Intelligence Support in Accommodation Arrangements depending on candidate preferences (accommodation fees with pre-agreed institutions at discounted prices still apply)
Visa Arrangements for the UK at discounted prices
Optional Airport to Dorm Travel Arrangements
Welcome Pack (Including UK mobile SIM card & Oyster card topped up with £5)
All course materials
Events and workshops
Guided Professional & Historical Tours in London
Research Turkey Academy Certificate (Optional EduQual or CEAUK Qualifications)
Partial scholarships (up to 20%) available (limited availability).