Cambridge Handbook Symposium

The Cambridge Handbook of Corporate Law, Corporate Governance and Sustainability will be published in 2019. This Symposium will bring together all contributers to the Handbook.

Participation at the Symposium is for invited contributors only.

About the Symposium

The Cambridge Handbook Symposium brings together scholars from around the world who have been invited to contribute to the Cambridge Handbook of Corporate Law, Corporate Governance and Sustainability after a very competitive call for papers. This new Cambridge Handbook, which will be published in 2019, will present the state-of-the-art of the emerging field of corporate law, corporate governance and sustainability. It will provide an in-depth analysis of the key issues in this field in a comprehensive and cohesive manner. The Handbook will concentrate on regulatory approaches to corporate law, corporate governance and sustainability. Other approaches and disciplines will be drawn upon to cast light on the legal analysis.

At the Symposium, the contributors will present their draft chapters for discussion, which, by including the whole group of authors in the process, is expected to enhance the quality of the contributions and reinforce the cohesive nature of the volume.

About the Handbook

The organization of the Handbook reflects the quest for global sustainability, framed by reference to the grand challenge of our time – securing the social foundation for humanity across the globe while remaining within planetary boundaries. The Handbook will canvass the theories that have informed the current state of business and finance, and explore the tension between legal approaches and practical realities with developments in finance challenging our understanding of business.  Together these will form the basis for case studies across the globe on corporate law and corporate governance, leading on to a discussion of possible drivers for corporate sustainability. Corporate sustainability may be defined as when business in aggregate creates value in a manner that is environmentally sustainable in that it ensures the long-term stability and resilience of the ecosystems that support human life, socially sustainable in that it facilitates the respect and promotion of human rights and of good governance, and economically sustainable in that it satisfies the economic needs necessary for stable and resilient societies. The Handbook will conclude with a review of the state of impact of the corporation and corporate law upon these three dimensions of sustainability.

This Handbook takes a ‘strong sustainability’ approach, based on findings from natural sciences on non-negotiable planetary boundaries within which all human activity must be positioned to ensure a safe operating space for humanity. Further, the Handbook is informed by recognition of the importance of securing fundamental social needs, recognised as a global goal in the UN Sustainable Development Goals, and acknowledges the economic and societal risks that pervasive inequality globally and within countries pose.

The issues are global by nature, and the Handbook will therefore seek to present significant developments in this dynamic area across the globe to capture different perspectives and innovations that may very well occur outside of the mainstream and commercially predominant jurisdictions.

Handbook editors

The Handbook is edited by Professor Beate Sjåfjell, University of Oslo, and Professor Christopher Bruner, University of Georgia School of Law.


Published Jan. 9, 2018 11:29 AM - Last modified Aug. 28, 2022 10:17 PM