Current Legal Issues Seminars 2015

Constitutional Law: What Should We Do With the States?

Date 21 May 2015
Speaker David Jackson AM QC, Barrister
Commentator Professor Nick Aroney, University of Queensland
Chair The Hon. Justice Kiefel AC, High Court of Australia
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Health Law: Emerging Infectious Diseases and the Law

Date 4 June 2015
Presenter Professor Belinda Bennett, Queensland University of Technology
Commentator Gim Del Villar, Barrister
Chair Annette McMullan, Chief Legal Counsel, Legal and Governance Branch, Queensland Health

Criminal Law: The Limits of Mr Big Scenario Techniques and Covert Interviewing

Date 6 August 2015
Speaker Professor Simon Bronitt, University of Queensland
Commentator Dr Kerri Mellifont QC, Barrister
Chair The Hon. Justice Atkinson AO, Supreme Court of Queensland

Commercial Law: Agents Acting Badly

Date 10 September 2015
Speaker Professor Sarah Worthington, Downing Professor of the Laws of England, University of Cambridge
Commentator The Hon. Justice Jackson, Supreme Court of Queensland
Chair The Hon. Justice McMurdo AC, President, Court of Appeal, Supreme Court of Queensland
Abstract Stories of misbehaving corporate agents add spice to the pages of law reports, especially if the corporate losses are on a grand scale. But the applicable legal rules are often seen as rather mundane and well settled. In England, however, a number of these rules have become increasingly difficult to describe and apply. Lessons might be learnt or changes made. Three particular problems are considered. The first concerns the headline issue of corporate attribution itself, and the question of whose acts should legitimately count as the acts of the company and for what purposes. The second concerns actual authority, and some of the peculiar ramifications of the modern orthodoxy that agents have no actual authority to act contrary to the interests of their corporate principals. The third concerns ostensible authority, and the appropriate legal response to the problem of companies finding that their junior employees have intimated to outsiders that a deal has been agreed when it has not. In short, this paper canvasses a number of difficult debates in modern corporate attribution.
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