Professor Jennifer Hill joins Monash Law as Bob Baxt AO Chair in Corporate and Commercial Law
It is with great pleasure that we announce the appointment of Professor Jennifer Hill, to the newly established Bob Baxt AO Chair in Corporate and Commercial Law in the Faculty of Law at Monash University.
The Bob Baxt AO Chair in Corporate and Commercial Law honours the late Professor Bob Baxt AO and his legacy. Bob had the unique honour of being Dean of the Monash Law Faculty, head of the Trade Practices Commission and a Partner at two international commercial law firms.
Bob’s legacy is unmatched, including his contribution to the general field of corporate and commercial law, conceived broadly to include corporate law, competition and consumer law, taxation law, business regulation, and related areas of law relevant to business regulation, policy, and practice.
Through the appointment of Professor Hill to this Chair, the Faculty seeks to honour Bob by significantly enhancing our Corporate and Commercial Law presence. As the Inaugural Chair, Professor Hill will lead the way in continuing, and enhancing, Bob Baxt’s important legacy in these fields. Through collaboration with other Monash Faculties and international researchers, the Chair will contribute to important research on key contemporary issues in corporate and commercial law.
Professor Hill is one of the most respected academics in the areas of corporate law and governance in Australia and internationally. She has an impressive record of research; national and global teaching experience; and, as a founding director of a university research centre, has extensive experience in professional outreach and engagement.
Professor Hill’s research focuses on a range of issues in contemporary corporate law and governance, including directors’ duties; corporate culture; executive compensation; institutional investors, shareholder activism and stewardship codes; corporate law history; and comparative corporate law in the US, UK, Asia and Australia. Recent co-authored and co-edited books by Professor Hill are:- Research Handbook on Executive Pay; The Aftermath of the Global Financial Crisis; and Research Handbook on Shareholder Power.
She is a frequent speaker at international conferences, and has acted as an expert witness for a major New York law firm. Professor Hill has also held visiting teaching positions and research fellowships at a number of leading international law schools, including Cambridge University; Cornell University; Duke University; NYU; University of Virginia and Vanderbilt University. She also sits on the Research Committee, and chairs the Engagement Committee, of the prestigious European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI).
In Australia, Professor Hill has had significant engagement with the legal and business communities, regulators and government. She has convened many conferences and seminars for these groups; participated in law reform; and acted as Corporate Counsel for two major law firms. She is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law (AAL) and a past President of the Australian Corporate Law Teachers Association (CLTA). Professor Hill is currently a member of the Corporations Law Committee of the Business Law Council of Australia, and the External Advisory Panel of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC).