Professor Harold Ford and the Development of Australian Corporate Law

15 Pages Posted: 29 Oct 2010 Last revised: 17 Feb 2011

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Ian Ramsay

Melbourne Law School - University of Melbourne

Date Written: October 29, 2010


On 14 October 2010, Professor Harold Ford celebrated his 90th birthday. This is an appropriate time to record his many contributions to corporate law teaching and research (he commenced teaching at the University of Melbourne in 1949) as well as his contributions to corporate law reform, such as his time as Chair of the Companies and Securities Law Review Committee. The paper is in two parts. The first part records, in summary form, Harold Ford’s contributions to teaching, research and public policy. This is followed by an interview in which Harold Ford responded to questions. We therefore have the benefit of Harold Ford’s views on a range of topics such as his experience of teaching company law at the University of Melbourne, the influences for his important books in the areas of corporate law, securities regulation and unincorporated non-profit associations, and his thoughts on his work for several law reform bodies.

Suggested Citation

Ramsay, Ian, Professor Harold Ford and the Development of Australian Corporate Law (October 29, 2010). U of Melbourne Legal Studies Research Paper No. 525, Available at SSRN: or

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