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Prof Jean Du Plessis

STAFF PROFILE

Position

Chair In Law

Faculty

Faculty of Business and Law

Department

BL Law

Campus

Geelong Waterfront Campus

Contact

Biography

Jean is currently a Professor of Law at Deakin University. He studied in South Africa and obtained his Doctorate in Law (LLD) in 1991. He served a 3-year term as Head of the Deakin Law School from 2000-2002 and was the President of the Corporate Law Teachers Association (CLTA) in 2007 and 2008. In December 2014 Jean was appointed to the Deakin University Council for a 3-year period until 31 December 2017. Jean became a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD) in November 2011. He is currently teaching the units Corporate Governance, Corporate Law and Corporations Law at Deakin University.

Jean has spent extensive time doing research in the UK and in Germany (as Alexander von Humboldt Scholar) in the areas of corporate law and corporate governance. He is the recipient of the Anneliese Maier Research Award (http://www.humboldt-foundation.de/web/anneliese-maier-award.html) from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, an award of EUR250,000 over five years (2013-2017) to enable him to conduct research regarding the further internationalisation of the German corporate law and corporate governance models. He has published extensively in international refereed law journals in the areas of corporate law and corporate governance. He published several books as co-author in Australia, Germany and South Africa.

From 2004-2008 Jean has been involved in the South African Corporate Law Reform Program as part of a small international reference group that assisted the South African Department of Trade and Industry with the new South African Companies Act 71 of 2008, which commenced on 1 May 2011.

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Research interests

  • Corporate Governance
  • Company Directors
  • Employee Participation at Board Level / Codermination

Teaching interests

  • Corporate Governance
  • Company Law 
  • Company Directors
  • Business Organisations
  • Business Law
  • Commercial Law

Units taught

  • Corporate Governance (Postgraduate)
  • Company Directors (Postgraduate)
  • Masters of Corporate Law
  • Diploma in Corporate Law
  • Entrepreneurial Law
  • Business Organisations
  • Corporations Law
  • Business Law

Conferences

Selected Conference Papers:

  • 2-hour guest lecture, Postgraduate students, Faculty of Law, Renmin University,  'Recent Developments regarding Directors’ Duties, Liabilities and Defences against Liability', Beijing, 24 September 2015.
  • Hong Kong Institute of Directors (HKIoD), Annual Directors’ Conference, 'World Trends in Corporate Governance', Hong Kong, 22 September 2015
  • Keynote address at a joint seminar of the Hong Kong Institute of Company Secretaries (HKICS), CPA Hong Kong and the Law Society Hong Kong on the topic 'New Trends Regarding Sustainability and Integrated Reporting for Companies: What Protection Do Directors Have?', Kong Kong, 22 September 2015
  • Hong Kong Companies Registry,  'Proposal for Law Reform: The Honest and Reasonable Director Defence and other Proposals for Wider Protection against Personal Liability', Honk Kong, 21 September
  • Staff seminar, the Faculty of Law, Hong Kong University, jointly with the Asian Institute of International Finance Law (AIIFL) and the Centre for Financial Regulation & Economic Development (CFRED) on the topic 'New Trends Regarding Sustainability and Integrated Reporting for Companies: What Protection Do Directors Have?', 21 September 2015
  • Is 'good corporate governance' important and does it add value or does it stifle innovation?, Panel Presentation, Annual Corporate Governance Forum (2014), Australian Governance Institute, Melbourne, 5 June 2014;
  • Comparative Corporate Law and Corporate Governance: Convergence, Path Dependency and “Transplantation Rejection”’, International Symposium on Comparative Sciences, 12 October 2013, Sofia, Bulgaria;
  • Delivered Opening Lecture at the Alexander von Humboldt Colloquium as part of the 2013 Anneliese maier Research Award Ceremony, ‘The Convergence of Corporate Law and Corporate Governance Models: Selective Themes and Issues in a Globalised and Internationalised World’, Frankfurt, Germany, 25 September 2013;
  • Keynote Speaker at an inter-disciplinary International Conference on Corporate Governance, ‘Corporate Governance: Its perspectives and challenges in a dynamic and complex business environment’ (the conference was organised by the Faculty of Economics, SS.Cyril and Methodius University of Skopje) Skopje, Macedonia, from 7-8 November 2012;
  • Keynote Speaker, Proxy Board Services, Namibia, Board of Directors’  Conference:  on the topic “Boards in Crisis: How to Manage Chaos in the Boardroom: Some international perspectives”, Swakopmund, 2-3 August 2012;
  • The South African Department of Industry (dti) Conference on the New Companies Bill, 2007, March 19 and 20, 2007, Velmo`re Estate, Mooiplaas, Pretoria, “Codification of directors' duties and the omission of a business judgment rule”;

Awards

  • Anneliese Maier Research Award from the German Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (EUR250,000 over a five year period and funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research) (2013-2018)
  • Alexander von Humboldt Research Scholarships (1995, 2003, 2010)
  • Medallion Award, President of the Corporate Law Teachers Association (CLTA) (2010)

Publications

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2015

The case for and against mandatory gender quota legislation for company boards

Prof Jean Du Plessis

(2015), Vol. 20, pp. 1-24, Deakin law review, Geelong, Vic., C1

journal
2014

Multiple layers of gender diversity on corporate boards : to force or not to force?

Prof Jean Du Plessis, James O`Sullivan, Prof Ruth Rentschler

(2014), Vol. 19, pp. 1-50, Deakin law review, Melbourne, Vic., C1

journal

A shareholder’s contractual right to a dividend and a company’s oppressive conduct in withholding dividend payments: Sumiseki Materials Co Ltd v Wambo Coal Pty Ltd

Prof Jean Du Plessis, Mr Stephanos Alevras

(2014), Vol. 32, pp. 552-559, Company and Securities Law Journal, Sydney, N.S.W., C1

journal

The payment of dividends : legal confusion, complexities and the need for comprehensive reform

Stephen Alevras, Prof Jean Du Plessis

(2014), Vol. 32, pp. 312-332, Company and securities law journal, Sydney, N.S.W., C1

journal
2013

An untapped resource : promoting regional legal practice

Mr Richard Coverdale, Dr Lucinda Jordan, Prof Jean Du Plessis

(2013), Vol. 87, pp. 41-43, Law institute journal, Melbourne, Vic., C1

journal
2012

Company law developments in South Africa : modernisation and some salient features of the Companies Act 71 of 2008

Prof Jean Du Plessis

(2012), Vol. 27, pp. 46-72, Australian journal of corporate law, Chatswood, N.S.W., C1

journal

Directors' liability for approving financial statements containing blatant incorrect items : lessons from Australia for all directors in all jurisdictions

Prof Jean Du Plessis, Iain Meaney

(2012), Vol. 33, pp. 13-24, Company lawyer, London, England, C1

journal

Mogale Alloys (Pty) Ltd v Nuco Chrome Boputhatswana (Pty) Ltd 2011 (6) SA 96 (GSJ)

A/Prof Pieter Badenhorst, Prof Jean Du Plessis

(2012), Vol. 45, pp. 388-404, De jure, Pretoria, South Africa, C1

journal

Providing legal services to rural and regional small business : gaps and opportunities

Mr Richard Coverdale, Dr Lucinda Jordan, Prof Jean Du Plessis

(2012), Vol. 17, pp. 283-306, Deakin law review, Burwood, Vic., C1

journal

Board diversity or gender diversity? Perspectives from Europe, Australia and South Africa

Prof Jean Du Plessis, Ingo Saenger, richard foster

(2012), Vol. 17, pp. 207-249, Deakin law review, Burwood, Vic., C1

journal
2011

Open sea or safe harbour? American, Australian and South African business judgment rules compared (Part 1)

Prof Jean Du Plessis

(2011), Vol. 32, pp. 347-352, Company lawyer, London, Eng., C1

journal

Open sea or safe harbour? American, Australian and South African business judgment rules compared (Part 2)

Prof Jean Du Plessis

(2011), Vol. 32, pp. 377-383, Company lawyer, London, Eng., C1

journal
2010

A comparative analysis of directors' duty of care, skill and diligence in South Africa and in Australia

Prof Jean Du Plessis

(2010), Vol. 2010, pp. 263-289, Acta juridica, Rondebosch, South Africa, C1

journal

Revisiting the judge-made rule of non-interference in internal company matters

Prof Jean Du Plessis

(2010), Vol. 127, pp. 304-327, South African law journal, Capetown, South Africa, C1

journal
2009

Corporate law and corporate governance lessons from the past : ebbs and flows, but far from 'the end of history' - Part 2

Prof Jean Du Plessis

(2009), Vol. 30, pp. 71-75, Company lawyer, London, England, C1

journal

Corporate law and corporate governance lessons from the past : ebbs and flows, but far from 'the end of history' - Part 1

Prof Jean Du Plessis

(2009), Vol. 30, pp. 43-51, Company lawyer, London, England, C1

journal

Reflections and perspectives on the South African close corporation as business vehicle for SMES

Prof Jean Du Plessis

(2009), Vol. 15, pp. 250-275, New Zealand business law quarterly, Wellington, N.Z., C1

journal
2007

German corporate governance in international and European context

Prof Jean Du Plessis, Bernhard Grobfeld, Claus Luttermann, Ingo Saenger, Otto Sandrock

(2007), Berlin, Germany, A1

book

The stakeholder debate and directors' fiduciary duties

Irene-marie Esser, Prof Jean Du Plessis

(2007), Vol. 19, pp. 346-362, SA mercantile law journal, Capetown, South Africa, C1

journal
2005

Towards real shareholder participation in contemporary corporate governance

Prof Jean Du Plessis, James McConvill, Prof Mirko Bagaric

(2005), Vol. 57, pp. 528-533, Keeping good companies, Sydney, N.S.W., C1

journal

The rise and fall of supervisory codetermination in Germany?

Prof Jean Du Plessis, Otto Sandrock

(2005), pp. 67-79, International company and commercial law review, London, England, C1

journal

Corporate donations, the best interest of the company and the proper purpose doctrine

Elizabeth Klein, Prof Jean Du Plessis

(2005), Vol. 28, pp. 69-97, University of New South Wales law journal, Kensington, N.S.W., C1

journal

Principles of contemporary corporate governance

Prof Jean Du Plessis, James McConvill, Prof Mirko Bagaric

(2005), New York, N.Y., A1

book

The law of insider trading in Australia

Mr Gregory Lyon, Prof Jean Du Plessis

(2005), Annandale, N.S.W., A1

book

The German corporate governance model in the wake of company law harmonisation in the European Union

Otto Sandrock, Prof Jean Du Plessis

(2005), Vol. 26, pp. 88-95, Company lawyer, London, England, C1

journal

Possible remedies for shareholders when a company refuses to declare dividends or declare inadequate dividends

C G Killian, Prof Jean Du Plessis

(2005), Vol. 1, pp. 48-68, Journal of South African law, Johannesburg, South Africa, C1

journal
2004

The German two-tier board and the German corporate governance code

Prof Jean Du Plessis

(2004), Vol. 15, pp. 1139-1164, European business law review, London, England, C1

journal

Directors' duty to use their powers for proper or permissable purposes

Prof Jean Du Plessis

(2004), Vol. 16, pp. 308-326, South African mercantile law journal, Capetown, South Africa, C1

journal
2003

Expanding criminal sanctions for corporate crimes-deprivation of right to work and cancellation of education qualifications

Prof Mirko Bagaric, Prof Jean Du Plessis

(2003), Vol. 21, pp. 7-25, Company and securities law, North Ryde, N.S.W., C1

journal

Reverberations after the HIH and other recent Australian corporate collapses: the role of ASIC

Prof Jean Du Plessis

(2003), Vol. 15, pp. 225-245, Australian journal of corporate law, Belconnen, A.C.T., C1

journal

Reflections on some recent corporate governance reforms in Germany. A transformation of the German aktienrecht?

Prof Jean Du Plessis

(2003), Vol. 8, pp. 381-396, Deakin law review, Geelong, Vic., C1

journal

Removal of company directors in a climate of corporate collapses

Prof Jean Du Plessis, James McConvill

(2003), Vol. 31, pp. 251-264, Australian business law review, Sydney, N.S.W., C1

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