LL4AH      Half Unit
Corporate Governance

This information is for the 2023/24 session.

Teacher responsible

Professor Eva Micheler


This course is available on the LLM (extended part-time), LLM (full-time), MSc in Regulation and University of Pennsylvania Law School LLM Visiting Students. This course is available with permission as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit.


This course has a limited number of places and demand is typically high. This may mean that you’re not able to get a place on this course.


Students should have some knowledge of corporate law.

Course content

This course will focus on the corporate governance of companies. The course will be taught largely on a comparative basis, focussing on English and German law. We will also cover the relevant EU materials. Topics such as the following will be discussed:

1- Introduction – mapping the topic

2- Theory and foundations

3- Shareholders – decision making rights

4- Shareholders – market infrastructure and stewardship

5- Corporate social responsibility and employees

6- Board structure and board diversity

7- Remuneration

8- Duty of skill and care

9- No-conflict rule and corporate opportunities

10- Auditors

These topics may slightly change from year to year reflecting current developments


This course will have two hours of teaching content each week in Autumn Term and two hours of seminars in the Spring term, which is a review and revision session. Week 6 of Autumn Term is Reading Week. 

Formative coursework

All students are expected to produce one 1,500 word formative essay during the course.

Indicative reading

Micheler, Company Law - A Real Entity Theory (OUP 2021); Gordon and Ringe, The Oxford Handbook of Corporate Law and Governance (OUP 2018); M Moore and M Petrin, Corporate Governance: Law, Regulation and Theory (Palgrave 2017)


Exam (100%, duration: 2 hours, reading time: 15 minutes) in the spring exam period.

Key facts

Department: Law School

Total students 2022/23: 62

Average class size 2022/23: 21

Controlled access 2022/23: Yes

Value: Half Unit

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