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Course Overview

This course is a selective and critical examination of company laws. A theoretical approach shall be taken based upon the general theory of comparative law developed by Zweigert and Kötz and the Wilsonian theory of legal transplants. Key issues in comparative company law shall be examined using the theoretical framework of Hansmann and Kraakman with its particular focus on the agency problem. Specific topics shall include directors’ duties; the protection of minority shareholders and the limits of limited liability. The course is assessed by a three hour examination and a coursework essay.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Professor John Paterson

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Law (LS) (Studied)
  • Any Postgraduate Programme (Studied)

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Course Description

-Comparative company law in the context of globalisation -The parameters of comparative company law -A comparative review of selected national company laws -Limits to limited liability: a comparative review of the rules on lifting the veil of incorporation -A comparative study of directors’ duties - comparative study of minority shareholders rights.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

First attempt: 1 x 3,000-word essay worth 25% and a final 3-hour exam worth 75%. Resit: 3 hour examination.

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.



Course Learning Outcomes


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