Corporate Governance


Commercial companies play a central role in economic life. Sound corporate governance is essential for the economic development.

The aim of this course is to deepen knowledge in the Corporate Law area, focusing on the organization of commercial companies.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Claire Bright


Weekly - 3

Total - 36

Teaching language



Not Applicable


Materials available on Moodle.

Teaching method

The teaching will be both theoretical (analysis of the content of each class and discussion of the topics and doctrinal texts) and practical (discussion of practical cases and case-law and analysis of legislation). In this context, guest lecturers will be occasionally invited to participate in classes, ensuring that they will be "experts of recognized experience and professional competence", combining a solid academic preparation with significant practical experience in the relevant field.

Evaluation method

The evaluation method for this course will be continuous evaluation. The students who wish to do so will also have the possibility to be evaluated on the basis of a final written exam.

Subject matter

1. Introduction

1.1. What is a corporation

1.2. The Purpose of a Corproation

2. Corporate Structure

2.1 The concept of separate legal personality

2.1.1. The corporate veil

2.1.2. Piercing the corporate veil

2.1.3. Circumventing the corporate veil

2.2. The concept of limited liability

3. Directors and officers

3.1. Directors' duties

3.1.1. The traditional view

3.1.2. The UK Companies Act 2006

3.1.3. The French loi PACTE

3.1.4. The European Commission study on Directors' duties

4. Shareholders

5. Stakeholders

6. The European Directive on Sustainable Corporate Governance