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Corporate Governance Codes for the 21st Century

International Perspectives and Critical Analyses

  • Jean J. du Plessis
  • Chee Keong Low

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiv
  2. Overview

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Jean J. du Plessis, Chee Keong Low
      Pages 3-20
  3. Fundamental Flaws with Self-regulation Through Voluntary Corporate Governance Codes

  4. The Specific Aims with Voluntary Corporate Governance Codes

  5. A Jurisdictional Analysis of Voluntary Corporate Governance Codes

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 295-302

About this book


The book is the first comprehensive consideration, since the UK Cadbury Report recommended a voluntary Corporate Governance Code, of the question whether Corporate Governance Codes are the most effective way of ensuring adherence to good corporate governance principles. There is no doubt that the idea of voluntary compliance with good corporate governance practices, based on the principle of ‘comply or explain’, has captured the imagination of the world. It is probably one of the best and most comprehensive examples of ‘self-regulation’ ever seen in any area where the society could be affected significantly, for current purposes by corporations.
However, is this the most effective way of ensuring that corporations act responsibly and adhere to good corporate governance principles? Have these Codes really improved corporate governance practices significantly? Is it time for a rethink and, at least in certain areas, start to rely more on ‘hard law’ and clearer expectations to ensure compliance? All these issues are addressed in the book.


Corporate governance codes Corporate regulation Corporate law Corporate social responsibility (CSR) Responsible corporate behavior and sustainability

Editors and affiliations

  • Jean J. du Plessis
    • 1
  • Chee Keong Low
    • 2
  1. 1.Deakin Law SchoolDeakin UniversityGeelongAustralia
  2. 2.CUHK Business SchoolChinese University of Hong KongHong KongChina

About the editors

Jean Jacques du Plessis is Professor of Law at Deakin University, Australia.
Chee Keong Low is Associate Professor in Corporate Law at Chinese University of Hong Kong.

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