Research Student: Opemiposi Adegbulu
The management of directors' conflicts of interest, is this a question of public interest?
The research entails looking at the history of companies in the UK, the development of company law and directors' fiduciary duty of loyalty, the notion of "breach of trust" and various theories on public interest (including feminist and non-western theories on communitarianism) and pertinent aspects of corporate governance as well as business ethics to examine and ascertain if there is a public interest in the (good) management of directors' conflicts of interest. It Is hoped that this will serve as an illustration that good management of companies is in the public interest.
LLB Law with French Law and Language, University of Hull, UK
LLM International, French and European Business Law, Pantheon-Assas University , Paris , France
Master II Law and Business Ethics, University of Cergy-Pontoise, Cergy, Ile de France, France.
I am interested in corporate law and the way in which it interacts with societal needs in this era of rapid globalisation. I am particularly interested in corporate governance, business ethics, sustainability and compliance. I worked for Sanofi and Thales in legal and regulatory roles before I began my PhD and in fact my interest in my research area started as a result of drafting a code or guidelines for the management of conflicts of interest at Thales!
What motivated me to undertake PhD study?
I was motivated to undertake PhD study because I want to explore the link between conflicts of interest and public interest as it could provide a way for companies to differentiate between varying exposures to conflicts of interest, in a manner that could be sector and industry specific and help them to better understand how these issues affect their reputational and other risks.
What makes me passionate about my subject?
It is truly interdisciplinary and fascinating. It covers legal history, sociological perspectives, economic analysis of the law and even philosophy as well as aspects of fiduciary law, law of obligations and corporate law.
What are my plans once I have completed my PhD?
I hope to work in both academia and the private sector, teaching corporate law, international corporate governance, equity and trust, law of obligations and even corporate responsibility, etc. I also hope to work with companies to help them make organisational and governance changes.