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Professor Bryan Horrigan became Dean of the Faculty of Law at Monash University in early January 2013. He was previously the Louis Waller Chair of Law and Associate Dean (Research) at Monash University's Faculty of Law in Melbourne, Australia. In that role, he established the Faculty's Commercial Law Group.

Professor Horrigan has both academic expertise and professional experience in public and corporate law and governance from Australian, transnational, and cross-disciplinary perspectives.

Formerly a long-standing law firm and governmental consultant, Bryan has advised commercial lawyers and their corporate and governmental clients on issues ranging from contractual good faith and unconscionable business conduct to corporate social responsibility and rights-based scrutiny of legislation. He has given invitational addresses at Oxford University, Harvard University, Stanford University, and the Wharton Business School.

Bryan was previously appointed by the current Australian Government to an expert panel asked to investigate the regulation of unconscionable business conduct and problematic franchising behaviours. The Australian Government's acceptance of that expert panel's recommendations resulted in changes to major pieces of national economic regulation in the form of the Competition and Consumer Act, Australian Securities and Investments Commission Act, and Franchising Code of Conduct.

Professor Horrigan completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Queensland and holds a doctorate in law from Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar. He has held academic and research leadership positions previously at a number of Australian universities, including Director of the National Centre for Corporate Law and Policy Research, Deputy Director of the National Institute for Governance, and Foundation Co-Director of the Centre for Comparative Law, History, and Governance.

His most recent book in the area of corporate responsibility and governance, Corporate Social Responsibility in the 21st Century: Debates, Models, and Practices Across Government, Law, and Business was published internationally by UK-based Edward Elgar Publishing in late 2010. The book was commenced during his time as a Visiting Scholar at the Wharton Business School and launched at Mannix College by Professor Marilyn Pittard.

A selection of my publications are available on SSRN http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/cf_dev/AbsByAuth.cfm?per_id=603202

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Research area keywords

  • Business and human rights
  • Corporate commercial and business law
  • Corporate governance and responsibility
  • Government liability
  • immunity and business activity
  • International and comparative ajudication
  • Legal theory
  • reasoning and adjudication
  • Scrutiny of Legislation