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Regulation of Corporations, Insolvency and Taxation (ROCIT)

The ROCIT unit based at the University of Adelaide brings together a range of scholars working in areas critical to the promotion of a fair and prosperous society.

  • Areas of ResearchLearn about our research focus areas and supervision expertise

    Research within the unit explores the regulation of corporations and corporate governance in Australia and considers approaches that could advance this regulation to better serve the public interest.

    The insolvency arm of the research unit was first established as BILS, Bankruptcy and Insolvency Law Scholarship Unit. Its focus is the modern insolvency law, a vital plank in the commercial legal architecture of a domestic economy, increasingly seen as an important aspect of international and transnational commercial frameworks, and influential in foreign investment choices. A sub-group of the unit specialises in taxation and tax policy. This sub group is primarily engaged in research that investigates the impact of the Australian tax system, particularly with respect to the income tax, excise and SGC regimes, upon the various industry segments in Australia and the various participants in each industry.

    ROCIT provides an independent and informed perspective on regulatory developments in these fields, facilitates and hosts events on these areas of law and policy, and coordinates submissions to relevant government and parliamentary bodies on the issues of the day.

  • ResearchersMeet our academic research leaders
     Christopher Symes
    Professor Christopher SymesCo-Director

    Christopher's present research is corporate and personal insolvency law, and his current projects include Employees and insolvency, Regulatory aspects of insolvency, History of Corporate Insolvency and Critique of Deeds of Company Arrangements.

    David Brown
    Associate Professor David BrownCo-Director

    David researches in the areas of corporate and personal insolvency, international insolvency and secured transactions. Much of his current scholarship is on the new Personal Property Securities legislation, and on corporate rescue issues.

    Suzanne Le Mire
    Professor Suzanne Le Mire

    Suzanne is a senior lecturer at the Adelaide Law School. Prior to moving to academia, Suzanne practiced law at Adelaide Law firm, Piper Alderman. Suzanne researches in the areas of corporate law, corporate governance and legal ethics.

    Beth Nosworthy
    Dr Beth Nosworthy

    Beth worked as an Associate in the Supreme Court of South Australia and as a commercial lawyer with an Adelaide firm, whilst taking a part-time role as a seminar leader in the Adelaide Law School. Beth researches in the areas of fiduciary obligations, corporate structure, corporate governance and business ethics.

    Sylvia Villios
    Dr Sylvia Villios

    Sylvia's background in taxation and commercial law extends beyond academia and includes experience in legal practice. Sylvia researches in the areas of tax law and policy, corporate taxation and international tax issues and environment issues and regulations

  • PhD Student ResearchersMeet our student researchers and enquire about joining the group
    Karen Gross
    Student Name

  • External CollaboratorsExplore opportunities for industry and professional collaboration

    The University of Adelaide understands the importance of collaborative research and strong partnerships with industry and professionals in today's global market.

    We view these interactions as essential elements in advancing the University's research and teaching objectives as well as adding value to you as our partners.

    The Faculty of the Professions is renowned for its academic diversity and is home to some of the most respected and eminent researchers at the University of Adelaide. Within the Adelaide Law School, our commitment to innovation and a culture of forward thinking helps to influence the world we live in.

    Our collaborative research activities span across government, business and community groups. Our under-pinning philosophy of research partnerships is to match your community needs and business opportunities with the resources and expertise of our Faculty. The expertise and knowledge of our academic staff, who are specialists in their fields, present great opportunities for organisations to grow and to make decisive contributions that can influence strategic agendas and operational frameworks.

Regulation of Corporations, Insolvency and Taxation (ROCIT)

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