Conglomerate Accountability: Australian Legal Policy Trends for EU Consideration

Ratten, Vanessa & Ratten, Hamish (2004) Conglomerate Accountability: Australian Legal Policy Trends for EU Consideration. In Enlarged European Union: challenges to international business and management, 5-8 December, Ljubljana, Slovenia.


Much media attention has recently focused on the extent to which a company, particularly large multinationals or those in financial turmoil, are responsible for the actions of their employees and their subsidiaries. The aim of this paper is to examine recent legal decisions in Australia that relate to conglomerate accountability with the objective of drawing legal policy implications. The paper takes a case-based methodology to examine from an economic legal perspective the effects of conglomerate accountability. The role of subsidiaries as agents or partners is examined in regards to English and Australian law. The Australian view of the ‘corporate veil’ is discussed which leads into a discussion of circumstances where the Australian courts are willing to pierce the corporate veil. Tortious liability is then discussed and as a result a closing analysis is stated in which the potential implications for the EU are highlighted.

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ID Code: 1176
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: conglomerates, Australia, legal policy trends
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > International Business (150308)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2004 (please consult author)
Deposited On: 04 May 2005 00:00
Last Modified: 05 Jan 2011 13:24

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