International Programmes 2020/2021

Bayreuth International Summer School – Law: Corporate Governance, ESG, and Sustainability Law: Corporate Governance, ESG, and Sustainability

University of Bayreuth • Bayreuth

Course location
Bayreuth
Teaching language
  • English
Language level of course
  • English: B2, C1
Date(s)
  • July 2021
Target group

International undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students

Description/content

Contemporary Corporate Governance Perspectives: Reporting on non-financial matters and the rise and fall of shareholder primacy

You will learn the meaning of corporate governance and how significant it is for keeping companies, their executives and directors responsible for managing the business of the corporation to ensure long-term and sustainable growth for the corporation and all corporate stakeholders. The importance of the interests of all corporate stakeholders will be particularly emphasised. There will also be a specific focus on reporting on non-financial matters like the environment, social responsibilities, and governance (ESG).

A reasonably new trend, namely Integrated Reporting (IR), will be significantly discussed because it is integrated into the thinking and sustainable long-term wealth of countries and the world economy. We have reached the stage that, as far as corporations are concerned, it cannot simply be "business as usual", as "business as usual" results in irreversible damages to the environment and society in its entirety. As part of these fundamental issues, the theoretical and practical consequences of the shareholder primacy model of corporate law will be critically analysed. International sustainable goals and the ways in which these goals can be achieved will be considered.

The focus of the course will also be on the legal consequences and other consequences for corporations, their executives and directors in the event that corporate social responsibilities are ignored.

An Asian Perspective on Corporate Governance, ESG, and Sustainability

Investment decisions are increasingly based on environmental, social, and governance concerns, posing a multitude of risks to long-term sustainable economic growth and returns. These concerns are mostly discussed from a Western point of view, with its foundation grounded in Western philosophy and with a focus on Western practice, etc.

However, these decisions could also be rooted in Asian philosophies, religions, and thoughts with alternative practices, especially in Asian countries. Indeed, Asia is uniquely positioned to investigate those alternative conceptualisations mainly since several South-East Asian countries have a dual economy, one functioning according to conventional/Western principles juxtaposed with an economy that operates according to Islamic rules.

The series will introduce both conventional and Islamic concepts on corporate governance, ESG, and sustainability as well as the ways in which these concepts operate in particular countries in Asia.

For more detailed information on the course content and lecturers, please visit our website.

Average number of hours per week
30
Average number of participants per group/course
20
Dates and costs
  • July 2021
Price only on request
Yes
Further information on dates and prices

The participation fee includes tuition fees, an excursion to Berlin, and meals (daily lunch + welcome dinner & farewell dinner). Please check our website for further information.

Teaching language
  • English
Language level of course
  • English: B2, C1
Language requirements

A very good command of the English language (preferably B2 level) is a requirement for your participation in the course. Please provide proof of your language level by submitting a language certificate (e.g. TOEFL, IELTS, Cambridge) with your application.

Submit application to

Please submit your contact information and supporting documents (CV, brief personal statement, and proof of language proficiency) via our website:

http://www.summerschool.uni-bayreuth.de/

Please contact us via e-mail if you have any questions regarding the application procedure.

Is accommodation organised?
The organiser helps participants look for accommodation.
Meals

A daily lunch, a welcome dinner, and a farewell dinner are included in the participation fee.

Is a social and leisure programme offered?
Yes
Description of social and leisure programme

We offer a weekend excursion to Berlin as well as city tours / guided visits and sports activities in Bayreuth.

Free internet access
Yes
Support in visa matters
Yes
Pick-up service from train station/airport
No

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