UCL FACULTY OF LAWS

LLM Programme

The taught modules offered on the LLM programme vary from year to year. Please check the full list of taught modules list for details of modules running in specific academic years. We make every effort to ensure that every module will be offered, but modules are subject to change and cancellation. You are therefore advised to check this site regularly for further updates throughout the year preceding entry to the LLM programme.


CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY - AN INTERNATIONAL PERSPECTIVE (LAWSG130)
Credit value: 15 credits (6 ECTS)
Module Convenors:
Dr Iris H-Y Chiu
Ms Anna Donovan
Other Teachers:
N/A
Content

Summary:

This course provides students with perspectives into “corporate social responsibility” both as a governing mechanism for businesses as well as a form of business practice. The course will look into the theoretical paradigms surrounding stakeholder accountability, corporate social responsibility reporting, business ethics, the international movements in corporate social responsibility led by organisations such as the OECD and the UN, as well as the legal frameworks in disclosure regulation, corporate homicide and negligence, and corporate risk management.

The course will not delve deeply into specialist environmental, health or labour regulation but will discuss key critical perspectives where relevant. This course will challenge students into viewing the role and responsibility of the corporation from perspectives beyond the traditional paradigm of shareholder primacy, and is well placed to complement traditional corporate law and regulation courses, as well as courses dealing with normative issues of jurisprudential and governance thinking.

Syllabus:

  • Theories of the Company;
  • The Meaning of Corporate Social Responsibility;
  • Corporate Social Responsibility Reporting;
  • Corporate Risk Management and compliance
  • The Bribery Act and the Prevention of Corruption;
  • Selected Discussion in specific Issues eg; Human Rights

Background Reading (optional):

  • M.T. Moore & A. Rebérioux, ‘Corporate Power in the Public Eye: Re-Assessing the Implications of Berle's Public Consensus Theory’, (2010) 33 Seattle University Law Review 1109
  • J Parkinson, Corporate Power and Responsibility (Oxford: Clarendon 1993)
  • A. Keay, ‘Ascertaining the Corporate Objective: An Entity Maximisation and Sustainability Model’, (2008) 71 Modern Law Review 663

Module reading lists and other module materials will be provided via online module pages, once students have made their module selections upon enrolment in September.

Delivery and enrolment
Lectures/Seminars: 10 x 2-hour seminars
Tutorials: None
Previous module enrolments: Small – less than 15 students
Who may enrol: LLM students
Prerequisities: None
Barred module combinations: None
Core Module for LLM specialism: Corporate Law
Assessment
Final Assessment: 2-hour unseen written examination
Practice Assessment: Opportunity for feedback on one optional practice essay

This page was last updated on 8 July, 2014

APPLICATION NOTICES

The application process for the 2015-16 academic session is now open.

Please note, for the 2015-16 intake, we are not accepting the TOEFL test. If you have an English condition to meet, you must take one of the alternative tests listed here instead.