Embracing Independent Directors in East Asia

Centre for Commercial Law and Regulatory Studies (CLARS) presents the CLARS Seminar Series with:

Professor Kon Sik Kim, Seoul National University

Details of Past Event

Date: Wednesday 22 January 2020
Time:  4.45pm Registration. Seminar 5.00pm - 6.15pm
Venue: Auditorium, Monash University Law Chambers, 555 Lonsdale St, Melbourne
RSVP: Register here

China, Japan and Korea are closely intertwined with each other historically, culturally and economically. But the reality of corporate governance in three of Asia’s largest economies varies widely. China is state-led, Japan is employee-oriented and Korea is shareholder-oriented. What’s behind the rise of independent directors in China, Japan and Korea?

Join Professor Kon Sik Kim, Professor of Law at Seoul National University (SNU), as he explores the history, law and function of independent directors in East Asia.


Kon Sik Kim is Professor of Law at Seoul National University (SNU), specialising in corporate and securities law. A graduate of the SNU College of Law, he holds a LL.M. from Harvard, and a J.D. and a Ph.D. from University of Washington.

He started teaching in 1986 and served as inaugural Dean of the SNU School of Law. He has published numerous books, including leading treatises on capital market law and corporate law. He has taught at such distinguished institutions as the University of Tokyo, Harvard, NYU and National University of Singapore as visiting professor.

Professor Kim has been an independent director or a statutory auditor at four large business firms in Korea. He has extensive experience in advising various institutions such as the Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of Finance and Economy of Korea, the University of Tokyo Law School, NUS and the World Bank.


Professor Jennifer Hill is the inaugural Bob Baxt AO Professor of Corporate and Commercial Law at Monash University Faculty of Law and is the Director of the Centre for Commercial Law and Regulatory Studies (CLARS). Jennifer is an internationally recognised legal scholar in the field of comparative corporate law and governance. Her recent scholarship has focused on governance issues, such as corporate culture; shareholder stewardship and activism; directors’ duties and transnational legal orders; common ownership; private ordering by shareholders and directors; and executive compensation.

Jennifer is a graduate of the University of Sydney (BA LLB (Hons) and the University of Oxford (BCL) and has held visiting teaching and research positions at leading international institutions, including the University of Cambridge; Cornell University; Duke University; NYU Law School; University of Virginia, University of Texas, and Vanderbilt University Law School.