Lectures on Corporate Governance – School of American Law (SAL) – Gdansk, Poland – March 16-18, 2012

On March 16-18, 2012 Geoffrey Mazullo, Adjunct Professor, School of American Law (SAL) – Gdansk, delivered a series of lectures on corporate governance as part of the ninth edition of the School of American Law – Gdansk organized by the Faculty of Law and Administration of the University of Gdansk and Chicago-Kent College of Law.

15 students attended the lectures. During the three days, the following topics were covered:  corporate governance models (including the Anglo-US, German, Japanese and Polish models); disclosure regimes; the legal and self-regulatory framework for corporate governance; monitoring of corporate performance by institutional investors; the rights and responsibilities of corporate organs, including the annual general meeting of shareholders, management and the board; shareholders’ rights; the use of governance information by shareholders and stakeholders; and reporting on governance indicators.

Students were exposed to practical and theoretical aspects of corporate governance in several jurisdictions by analyzing a number of case studies about real companies (in France, India, Poland, Sweden and the United States).  Each of the case studies contained elements related to one or more of the above-mentioned topics.

The lectures examined the role of corporate governance in economy, finance, law and society in each of the above-mentioned jurisdictions/models and the role of corporate governance in the current financial crisis, in emerging markets, Europe, the United States and globally.