Corporate Law, Complexity and Cartography

(2020) 35(2) Australian Journal of Corporate Law 142

ANU College of Law Research Paper No. 20.16

18 Pages Posted: 7 Jul 2020

Date Written: July 2020

Abstract

The relationship between corporate law and corporate practice is complex. So too is the relationship between the different types of corporate law rules — from primary and delegated legislation, through listing rules and ASIC orders to corporate constitutions. Corporate lawyers tend to respond to this complexity and diversity by implicit understanding than by conceptual framework. This article offers one way of conceptualising the complexity of corporate law rules and their relationship to corporate practice. Drawing on Boaventura de Sousa Santos’ influential 1987 article ‘Law: A Map of Misreading. Toward a Postmodern Conception of Law’, the article looks to cartography as an unexpected source of ideas to assist in understanding the shape of modern corporate law rules.

Keywords: Corporate law, corporate law rules, legal cartography

Suggested Citation

Bottomley, Stephen, Corporate Law, Complexity and Cartography (July 2020). (2020) 35(2) Australian Journal of Corporate Law 142, ANU College of Law Research Paper No. 20.16, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3644823

Stephen Bottomley (Contact Author)

ANU College of Law ( email )

Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 0200
Australia

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