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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 and his family migrated to Australia in 1999. Jean served a 3-year term as Head of the Deakin Law School in 2000-2002 and was the President of the Corporate Law Teachers Association (CLTA) in 2007 and 2008. 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.
Jean is the co-author of several textbook on South African corporate law (including Corporate Law, 3rd Edition and Entrepreneurial Law, 4th Edition) and he has published more than 70 articles in refereed journals in the areas of corporations law and corporate governance. He published four books as co-author since 2005:
Principles of Contemporary Corporate Governance (with Anil Hargovan, James McConvill and Mirko Bagaric) Cambridge University Press (2nd ed, 2011); Law of Insider Trading in Australia (with Gregory Lyon) Federation Press (2005); German Corporate Governance in International and European Context (with Bernhard Großfeld, Claus Luttermann, Ingo Saenger and Otto Sandrock) Springer Verlag (2005); and Principles of Business Law (with Roger Gamble and Luke Neal) Thomson Reuters (2008).
Since 2004 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 has been promulgated in April 2009 and will become law in 2013.
Jean is currently teaching the units Corporate Governance, Business Organisations, Corporations Law and Business Law at Deakin University, Australia.