Paul Redmond joined UTS in 2006 as the inaugural Sir Gerard Brennan Professor after serving for many years a professor in the Faculty of Law at UNSW where he also served as Dean of the Faculty from 1996 to 2002. He is an Emeritus Professor of the University of New South Wales.
Professor Redmond has been a member of a number of professional bodies concerned with corporate law reform and development, including the Corporations Committee of the Business Law Section of the Law Council of Australia. Professor Redmond is a member of the Editorial Committee of International Corporate Law (United Kingdom) and the Australian Journal of Corporate Law.
While his principal research interests are in corporate and securities law, Professor Redmond also has a research and professional interest in legal education, professional responsibility and in the application of human rights standards to business. He is Chair of the Diplomacy Training Program a regional human rights training body, was a founding member of National Pro Bono Resource Centre and has participated in a number of national and international initiatives in legal education. He was Chair of the Council of Australian Law Deans from 1997-1999 and is a foundation member of the Australian Law Schools Standards Committee established by the Council.
He was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in 2013 for significant service to the law through contributions to legal education and professional bodies, and to the community.
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- The measure of company interests and the legal scope of accommodation that may be extended to non-shareholder stakeholder interests.
- Corporate responsibility for negative social impacts of business operations whose internalization is not legally mandated.
- The legitimate scope and significance of the corporate social responsibility movement.
- The mechanisms, existing and potential, under international human rights law and corporate practice for extending the reach of human rights standards to non-state actors such as corporations.
- Corporation in society: the evolving compact between business and society, and its significance for corporate law.
- Companies and Securities Law
- Corporate Governance
- Corporate Responsibility including International Corporate Responsibility for Human Rights Observance Legal Education
Redmond, PM 2017, Corporations and financial markets law, 7th edition, Thomson Reuters, Sydney, Australia.
Redmond, PM 2013, Corporations and financial markets law, 6th Edition, Thomson Reuters, Sydney, Australia.
Redmond, PM 2009, Companies and Securities Law: Commentary and Materials, 5th editin, Lawbook Co, Sydney.
Redmond, PM 2005, Companies and Securities Law: Commentary and Materials, Fourth edition, Law Book Co, Sydney.
© 2020, © 2020 Australian Journal of Human Rights. In 2018, two Australian Parliaments—the Parliament of Australia and the Parliament of New South Wales—passed complementary statutes requiring large entities to report annually on measures they have taken to detect and respond to modern slavery in their operations and supply chains. The statutes build upon transparency requirements in United Kingdom and Californian legislation touching slavery and human trafficking in supply chains. Indeed, the Australian statutes are part of a growing movement towards mandated social reporting requirements as an alternative to direct regulation of corporate conduct. While the mandated disclosure content is identical under the two Australian statutes for the distinct group of entities to which each applies, the statutes adopt significantly different models of regulation through mandatory reporting. As with their UK model, both statutes rely primarily on market sanctions for their efficacy. The statutes assume that consumers, investors, civil society, and the media will actively monitor business operations and relationships, and thereby reinforce business incentives to protect reputation. Experience with the UK statute, however, casts doubts on the effectiveness of these sanctions alone. This paper examines the Australian models for the purpose of assessing their likely effectiveness and proposes strengthening measures. Since the first statements are not due until 2021, assessments are anticipatory. The paper draws lessons from the models for the design of targeted non-financial reporting provisions as regulatory tools. It also reflects on the political choices underlying these statutes, which have resulted in differential regulatory treatment of those business-related human rights harms that fall within and those that lie beyond the umbrella of modern slavery.
Redmond, PM 2016, 'Corporations and human rights in a globalised economy: Some implications for the discipline of corporate law', Australian Journal of Corporate Law, vol. 31, no. 1, pp. 3-46.
The argument made here is for a global perspective on corporate law in teaching and research in the wake of globalisation. Economic activity is now global in character. A new governance regime has emerged in response to globalisation's subversion of state sovereignty, a web of polycentric transnational regulation of business with overlapping bodies of norms — public (international law and domestic corporate law), civil regulation and corporate governance systems — regulating the conduct of enterprises and their business relationships. Two distinct systems of transnational civil regulation are evident, the corporate social responsibility movement and UN initiatives to bring business into the international human rights framework through norms of responsibility to respect human rights. The article examines the tension between the state duty under international law to enable corporate respect for human rights and several core corporate law doctrines that pose obstacles to that responsibility. The article concludes by considering some implications of these developments for lawyers, law students and their professors.
Redmond, PM 2012, 'Directors' duties and corporate social responsiveness', The University of New South Wales law journal, vol. 35, no. 1, pp. 317-340.
Redmond, PM 2009, 'Corporate social responsibility: An overview of trends and issues', Reform, vol. Smr2005-06, no. 87, pp. 7-11.
Redmond, PM 2006, 'The thrall of shareholder value: Implications for corporate social responsibility and directors' duties', Keeping Good Companies, vol. 58, no. 2, pp. 79-83.
Redmond, PM 2003, 'Transnational Enterprise and Human Rights: Options for Standard-setting and Compliance', The International Lawyer, vol. 37, no. 2003, pp. 69-102.
Redmond, P 2017, 'The values dimension of legal education: Educating for justice and service' in Legal Education in the Global Context: Opportunities and Challenges, pp. 124-135.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Redmond, PM 2016, 'The Values Dimension of Legal Education: Educating for Justice and Service' in Gane, C & Huang, RH (eds), Legal Education in the Global Context, Ashgate Publishing Limited, Burlington, VT, USA, pp. 99-110.
Redmond, PM 2012, 'International Corporate Responsibility' in Clarke, T & Branson, D (eds), The SAGE Handbook of Corporate Governance, SAGE Publications Ltd, London, UK; Thousand Oaks, CA, pp. 585-611.
Redmond, PM 2003, ''Emerging from the chrysalis of apprenticeship': Rethinking objectives in law school education' in Sin, KF (ed), Legal Explorations:Essays in Celebration of Michael Chesterman, Lawbook Co, Sydney, Australia, pp. 15-43.
Michael Chesterman's working life has been spent as legal educator, scholar, researcher, law school dean and law reformer. This chapter honours these contributions, but particularly those as legal educator. The diversity of the roles that he has assumed reflects the range of social purposes that law schools themselves serve.
Redmond, PM Diplomacy Traing Program, UNSW 2009, The UN Guidelines and emerging standards on corporate accountability for human rights, Sydney.