The Centre for Ethics and Law invites abstracts of up to 500 words to be submitted for consideration to be selected and invited to the Symposium Boundaries of Corporations’ Responsibility.

About the Symposium

The Symposium’s theme, ‘Boundaries of Corporations’ Responsibility’, relates to the debates regarding corporations’ roles in detecting and preventing mischief/harm caused by third parties to which they are related, for example, in the supply chain, or within a corporate group, business network or alliance.

These mischiefs or harms relate to labour/human rights abuses in supply chains, harms to community/environment in relation to climate change, conflict minerals, misinformation leading to harms, such as online harms, etc. These risks, which the Symposium terms as ‘boundary risks’, often take place beyond the firm’s structural or control boundaries, but for which the firm may be regarded as having some extent of responsibility.

Themes and Sub-themes

  • Particular interest in papers focusing on the following:
  • how expanding boundary risks for corporations affects doctrinal development in company/corporate law;
  • comparative legal research on both developed and developing jurisdictions’ approaches to corporations’ ‘boundary risks’, including hard and soft law;
  • empirical research on the practice and implementation of ‘boundary risk management’ such as in terms of supply chain due diligence, internal systems, risk management and controls;
  • the implications of criminal law reform such as prevention-based duties for a wide range of harms or conduct;
  • private litigation or public enforcement against corporations in relation to boundary risks, including questions of enterprise liability.

Submission Guidelines

All papers must be in English, original (not translated from existing works in foreign languages) and unpublished/unsubmitted elsewhere, having a maximum length of 11,000 words including footnotes, and prepared according to the OSCOLA citation format. Symposium papers will be finalised for a special volume to be published by the European Business Law Review in 2024.

How to Submit?

Paper abstracts are to be submitted to for consideration by 31 April 2023. Papers for the Symposium are to be complete and ready by 15 September 2023.

Submission Deadline

April 31, 2023

Contact Information

For any queries please feel free to contact

Iris H-Y Chiu, Professor of Corporate Law and Financial Regulation, UCL Faculty of Laws at

Ernest Lim, Professor, Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore at

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