Berlin conference on “Independent Directors in Japan and Other Major Asian Jurisdictions” (17-19 July)

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Max Planck Institute for Comparative and Private International Law
Japanese-German Center Berlin (JDZB)
German-Japanese Association of Jurists (DJJV)
[For the latest Program, see (as of 9 April) or via (also for registration details etc)]
Date: 17–19 July 2014
Format: 2-day conference open to public, plus half-day closed session for editors and authors of a conference volume
Venue: Japanese-German Center Berlin (JDZB)
Sponsors: Fritz Thyssen Foundation
Publication: edited by Harald Baum, Souichirou Kozuka, Luke Nottage & Dan Puchniak
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Draft Program:
1. Theoretical Framework: The Role of Independent Directors
Georg Ringe (Copenhagen Business School)
2. The Comparative Context: Independent Directors in the EU, USA and the Asia/Pacific Region
Harald Baum (Max Planck Institute, Hamburg)
3. Corporate Governance Structure and Reforms in the Asian Region
Luke Nottage (University of Sydney)
Dan W. Puchniak (National University of Singapore)
1. Empirical Study of Independent Directors in Japan
Souichirou Kozuka (Gakushuin University, Tokyo)
Manabu Matsunaka (Nagoya University)
2. Reform of Company Law in Japan and Independent Directors: A Judicial and Political Analysis
Gen Goto (University of Tokyo)
3. Case Studies
Bruce Aronson (Hitotsubashi University, Tokyo)
1. Korea: Kyung-Hoon Chun (Seoul National University)
2. Taiwan: Ying-Hsin Tsai (National Taiwan University)
3. PR China: Xin Tang (Tsinghua University)
4. Hong Kong: Vivienne Bath (University of Sydney)
5. India: Vikramaditya (Vic) Khanna (University of Michigan)
6. Singapore: Dan W. Puchniak (National University of Singapore)
7. Australia: Luke Nottage and Fady Aoun (both University of Sydney)
IV. Concluding Panel Discussion
(1) Georg Ringe
(2) Bruce Aronson
(3) Moritz Bälz (University of Frankfurt)
(4) Souichirou Kozuka
(5) Knut Benjamin Pißler (Max Planck Institute, Hamburg)

Author: Luke Nottage

Prof Luke Nottage (BCA, LLB, PhD VUW, LLM LLD Kyoto) is founding co-director of the Australian Network for Japanese Law (ANJeL), Associate Director (Japan) of the Centre for Asian and Pacific Law at the University of Sydney (CAPLUS), and Professor of Comparative and Transnational Business Law at Sydney Law School. He specialises in international dispute resolution, foreign investment law, contract and consumer (product safety) law.