With the process of economic globalisation, the increasing market internationalisation and the mobility of capital, national company laws need to be understood within their broader transnational context. The corporation was originally treated as an object regulated by nation-states. However, public companies today are not governed solely by regulation created by public national and supranational (e.g. European Union) regulators but they are governed by and reacting to regulation created by private transnational actors. This perspective challenges the traditional monolithic view of company law as state (public) regulation. For transnational company law, borders and territoriality are of diminished importance, the line between the public and private spheres has blurred, and private authority is a reality. This module will study these overlapping local, national, supranational (EU) and transnational company law regimes and will expose the students to the various public and private actors that influence the norm-making processes in company law today. Topics to be covered will vary from year to year to reflect the most recent research and policy debates, such as the development of corporate governance codes (national corporate governance codes, the OECD Guidelines, codes issued by pension funds and stock exchanges) as market self-regulation, board diversity, and the role of transnational actors such as institutional investors and credit rating agencies in transnational company law-making.
Dr Dionysia Ketelouzou
Learning and teaching methods vary but may include watching video content, engaging in discussion forums, taking part in live chat/webinar sessions, self-directed activities, doing quizzes or working through interactive content designed to stimulate your thoughts and help you to apply knowledge.
You will be expected to undertake approximately 20 hours of study per week which may typically be broken down as follows:
- Directed study - 2 (web content material including recorded video, text, graphics)
- Other activity - 2 (1 hour live seminar and 1 hour of discussion board)
- Self-directed learning and assessment work - 16 (including completing set tasks and reading, research, revision)
Module assessment - more information
A small percentage of your final module mark will be based on your participation in discussion forums, unless stated otherwise. The remaining percentage will typically be assessed by essay.