Regulatory Show and Tell: Lessons from International Statutory Regimes

28 Pages Posted: 13 Jun 2008 Last revised: 16 Dec 2008

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Jennifer G. Hill

The University of Sydney Law School; European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI)


Historically, the evolution and growth of American corporate law has occurred with only limited and sporadic attention to international corporate governance regimes. This article considers some possible reasons for the relative lack of attention in the United States to international corporate regimes in the past. It also discusses some interesting differences between the law relating to shareholder rights in the United States and in other jurisdictions, including common law countries such as the United Kingdom and Australia. This article argues that, in an era when there is growing skepticism about the influence of the competition for corporate charters within the United States, it makes sense for the United States to examine and test how international jurisdictions address common problems in corporate regulation.

Keywords: corporate governance, comparative corporate governance, law matters debate, competition for corporate charters, shareholders, shareholder empowerment, shareholder rights, News Corporation

JEL Classification: D70, G30, G32, G34, G38, K22, K33, K40, K42

Suggested Citation

Hill, Jennifer G., Regulatory Show and Tell: Lessons from International Statutory Regimes. Delaware Journal of Corporate Law (DJCL), Vol. 33, No. 3, 2008; ECGI - Law Working Paper No. 111/2008; Sydney Law School Research Paper No. 08/55; Vanderbilt Law School, Law and Economics Research Paper No. 08-22. Available at SSRN:

Jennifer G. Hill (Contact Author)

The University of Sydney Law School ( email )

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European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI)

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