Professor Irene-Marie Esser

  • Professor of Corporate Law and Governance (School of Law)

Biography

Professor Irene-marié Esser is a Professor of Corporate Law and Governance and Deputy-Director of Postgraduate Teaching at the University of Glasgow as well as the Early-Career Co-Ordinator at the Law School. She also served as a Professor Extraordinarius at the University of South Africa (UNISA) and was, until 2017, a Visiting Professor at the Open University, UK. Since 2020 she is an Extraordinary Professor at Stellenbosch University, South Africa. She has been in academia for 15 years and was admitted as an Attorney of the High Court of South Africa in 2005. In South Africa she was Professor and Co-Subject Head of Corporate Law at UNISA until March 2013, when she relocated, with her family, to Edinburgh, Scotland. Irene-marié obtained her LLB at Stellenbosch University (2001, first in her class), her LLM at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland (2003) and her LLD at UNISA (2008). She is the Company Law Convener for the Society of Legal Scholars. She currently teaches Corporate Governance, Corporate Social Responsibility and Company Law at the University of Glasgow and supervises postgraduate research students in the United Kingdom and South Africa. Her research spans doctrinal and empirical approaches, covering the UK, EU and South Africa in the field of corporate governance, company law and corporate social responsibility.

Professor Esser is a member of the PRI Academic Forum as well as the Sustainable Market Actors Network & Daughters of Themis: International Network of Female Business Scholars. Professor Esser acted as an External Consultant to the King IV Committee on Corporate Governance in South Africa. Reference has been made to her work in the King IV Report on Corporate Governance following her inclusive stakeholder protection approach. They quoted directly from from two articles that she co-authored with other academics. Prof. Esser received the prize (with the co-author) for the best article published during 2016 in the Journal of Contemporary Roman Dutch Law for ‘Shareholder Protection in Terms of the Companies Act 71 of 2008’.  She also featured in the South African Financial Mail during 2018.

Professor Esser has presented a 3-5-day workshop at the University of Johannesburg on Board Governance since 2009. She is an examiner at ACCA on their South African Business law module. She is also on the editorial board of the European Business Law Review.

Prof Esser is part of the Corporate and Financial Law research group

 

Publication repositories:

https://www.gla.ac.uk/schools/law/staff/irene-marieesser/

https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/cf_dev/AbsByAuth.cfm?per_id=1801724

https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9313-3296

https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=0QXwH4QAAAAJ&hl=en

Research interests

  • Company Law
  • Corporate Governance 
  • Corporate Social Responsibility

Publications

Selected publications

Esser, I.-M. , MacNeil, I. and Chalaczkiewicz-Ladna, K. (2018) Engaging stakeholders in corporate decision-making through strategic reporting: an empirical study of FTSE 100 companies. European Business Law Review, 29(5), pp. 729-772.

Esser, I.-M. , MacNeil, I. and Chalaczkiewicz-Ladna, K. (2020) Engaging stakeholders in corporate decision-making through strategic reporting: an empirical study of FTSE 100 companies (Part 2). European Business Law Review, 31(2), pp. 209-242.

MacNeil, I. and Esser, I.-M. (2022) The emergence of ‘comply or explain’ as a global model for corporate governance codes. European Business Law Review, (Accepted for Publication)

Cabrelli, D. and Esser, I.-M. (2018) A rule-based comparison and analysis of the case studies. In: Siems, M. and Cabrelli, D. (eds.) Comparative Company Law: a Case-Based Approach (2nd Edition). Hart Publishing. ISBN 9781509909360

MacNeil, I. and Esser, I.-M. (2020) The Pandemic Response in the UK in the Context of Corporate and Financial Law – within and without Law. Documentation. SSRN.

Esser, I.-M. and Delport, P. A. (2016) Shareholder protection philosophy in terms of the Companies Act 71 of 2008. Tydskrif vir Hedensdaagse Romeins-Hollandse Reg, 79,

Esser, I.-M. (2019) Regulating ESG issues: a comparison of South Africa and the United Kingdom. In: Coetzee, H. and Fritz, C. (eds.) De Serie Legenda: Developments in Commercial Law: Entrepreneurial Law. Volume III. LexisNexis South Africa: Durban. ISBN 9780639008882

All publications

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Number of items: 68.

2022

MacNeil, I. and Esser, I.-M. (2022) The emergence of ‘comply or explain’ as a global model for corporate governance codes. European Business Law Review, (Accepted for Publication)

2021

Chalaczkiewicz-Ladna, K. , Esser, I.-M. and MacNeil, I. (2021) Workforce engagement and the UK corporate governance code. In: Corporate Governance, Sustainability and Reputation. Thomson Reuters Aranzadi. (Accepted for Publication)

MacNeil, I. and Esser, I.-M. (2021) From a financial to an entity model of ESG. European Business Organization Law Review, (Accepted for Publication)

2020

Esser, I.-M. and Loughrey, J. (2020) Stock corporations: corporate governance and external and internal controls. In: Vicari, A. and Schall, A. (eds.) Company Laws of the EU: A Handbook. Hart Publishing, pp. 1495-1539. ISBN 9781509923991

MacNeil, I. and Esser, I.-M. (2020) The Pandemic Response in the UK in the Context of Corporate and Financial Law – within and without Law. Documentation. SSRN.

Esser, I.-M. , MacNeil, I. and Chalaczkiewicz-Ladna, K. (2020) Engaging stakeholders in corporate decision-making through strategic reporting: an empirical study of FTSE 100 companies (Part 2). European Business Law Review, 31(2), pp. 209-242.

2019

Delport, P.A. and Esser, I.-M. (2019) Corporate law. Annual Survey of South African Law, 2017,

Esser, I.-M. (2019) Regulating ESG issues: a comparison of South Africa and the United Kingdom. In: Coetzee, H. and Fritz, C. (eds.) De Serie Legenda: Developments in Commercial Law: Entrepreneurial Law. Volume III. LexisNexis South Africa: Durban. ISBN 9780639008882

Esser, I.-M. (2019) Roger M Barker and Iris H-Y Chiu Corporate Governance and Investment Management: The Promises and Limitations of the New Financial Economy (Cheltenham: Edward Elgar 2017), ISBN: 978 1 78471 351 5, Price: £115 Hard cover, 519 pages. European Business Law Review, 30(2), pp. 335-336. [Book Review]

Esser, I.-M. and MacNeil, I. (2019) Disclosure and engagement: stakeholder participation mechanisms. European Business Law Review, 30(2), pp. 201-221.

2018

Esser, I.-M. , MacNeil, I. and Chalaczkiewicz-Ladna, K. (2018) Engaging stakeholders in corporate decision-making through strategic reporting: an empirical study of FTSE 100 companies. European Business Law Review, 29(5), pp. 729-772.

Cabrelli, D. and Esser, I.-M. (2018) A rule-based comparison and analysis of the case studies. In: Siems, M. and Cabrelli, D. (eds.) Comparative Company Law: a Case-Based Approach (2nd Edition). Hart Publishing. ISBN 9781509909360

Esser, I.-M. and Delport, P.A. (2018) South African case studies. In: Siems, M. and Cabrelli, D. (eds.) Comparative Company Law: a Case-Based Approach (2nd Edition). Hart Publishing. ISBN 9781509909360

Esser, I.-M. , MacNeil, I. and Chalaczkiewicz-Ladna, K. (2018) Proposed revisions to the UK Corporate Governance Code: a step forward in recognising a company’s responsibilities towards wider stakeholders? Company Lawyer, 39(8), pp. 254-256.

Esser, I.-M. (2018) South Africa. In: du Plessis, J. J., Hargovan, A. and Harris, J. (eds.) Principles of Contemporary Corporate Governance [4th ed.]. Cambridge University Press: Port Melbourne, Vic., pp. 291-297. ISBN 9781108413022

Esser, I.-M. (2018) Disclosure vs Participation: Models of Stakeholder Representation in Corporate Decision-Making. International Corporate Governance and Law Forum, Leeds, UK, 15-16 Jan 2018.

Esser, I.-M. and Delport, P.A. (2018) The South African King IV Report on corporate governance: is the crown shiny enough? Company Lawyer, 39(11), pp. 378-384.

2017

Esser, I.-M. (2017) Corporate governance: soft law regulation and disclosure - the cases of the United Kingdom and South Africa. In: du Plessis, J. J. and Low, C. K. (eds.) Corporate Governance Codes for the 21st Century: International Perspectives and Critical Analyses. Springer. ISBN 9783319518671

Esser, I.-M. and Delport, P.A. (2017) The protection of stakeholders: the South African social and ethics committee and the United Kingdom’s enlightened shareholder value approach: part 1. De Jure, 50(1), pp. 97-110. (doi: 10.17159/2225-7160/2017/v50n1a6)

Esser, I.-M. and Delport, P. (2017) The protection of stakeholders: the South African social and ethics committee and the United Kingdom’s enlightened shareholder value approach: part 2. De Jure, 50(2), pp. 221-240. (doi: 10.17159/2225-7160/2017/v50n2a2)

2016

Esser, I.-M. (2016) International Corporate Governance and Law. International Corporate Governance and Law Forum, Hong Kong, China, 25-26 Apr 2016.

Esser, I.-M. (2016) Part B: Director and Board accountability. In: Havenga, M. and Mahony, D. P. (eds.) Company Secretarial Practice. Juta: Cape Town. ISBN 9781485109648

Esser, I.-M. and Delport, P. A. (2016) Shareholder protection philosophy in terms of the Companies Act 71 of 2008. Tydskrif vir Hedensdaagse Romeins-Hollandse Reg, 79,

Esser, I.-M. and Delport, P.A. (2016) Corporate law (including stock exchanges). Annual Survey of South African Law,

2015

Esser, I.-M. (2015) Legislative Response: The South African Social and Ethics Committee and the United Kingdom’s Enlightened Shareholder Value Approach. In: 19th Commonwealth Law Conference, Glasgow, Scotland, 12-16 Apr 2015,

Esser, I.-M. (2015) South Africa. In: Du Plessis, J.J., Hargovan, A., Bagaric, M. and Harris, J.R. (eds.) Principles of contemporary corporate governance. Cambridge University Press: Melbourne, pp. 392-403. ISBN 9781107432420

Esser, I.-M. and Delport, P.A. (2015) Corporate law (including stock exchanges). Annual Survey of South African Law,

2014

Esser, I.-M. (2014) Shareholder interests and good corporate governance in South Africa. Journal of Contemporary Roman Dutch Law, 77, pp. 38-52.

Esser, I.-M. and Cabrelli, D. (2014) Share Ownership Structure and Corporate Law: The Cases of South Africa and the UK. In: 19th Ius Commune Conference, Edinburgh, Scotland, 27-28 Nov 2014,

Locke, N. and Esser, I.-M. (2014) Corporate law (including stock exchanges). Annual Survey of South African Law,

2013

Esser, I.-M. (2013) European Capital Markets Law Rüdiger Veil (ed). Law and Financial Markets Review, 7(5), pp. 267-268. (doi: 10.5235/17521440.7.5.267)[Book Review]

Esser, I.-M. (2013) Iwa Salami, Financial Regulation in Africa: An Assessment of Financial Regulation in Africa: An Assessment of Financial Integration Arrangements in African Emerging and Frontier Markets 2012. Law and Financial Markets Review, 7(6), p. 322. (doi: 10.5235/17521440.7.6.322)[Book Review]

Locke, N. and Esser, I.-M. (2013) Corporate law (including stock exchanges). Annual Survey of South African Law,

2012

Esser, I.-M. (2012) German Corporate Governance in International and European Context, Jean J. du Plessis, Bernhard Großfeld, Claus Luttermann, Ingo Saenger, Otto Sandrock, and Matthias Casper. South African Mercantile Law Journal, 24(2), pp. 252-253. [Book Review]

Havenga, M. K. and Esser, I.-M. (Eds.) (2012) Corporate Governance Review 2012. LexisNexis: Durban. ISBN 9780409053746

Delport, P.A., Vorster, Q., Esser, I.-M. , Lombard, S. and Burdette, D. (2012) Henochsberg on the Companies Act. LexisNexis South.

Locke, N. and Esser, I.-M. (2012) Corporate law (including stock exchanges). Annual Survey of South African Law, pp. 200-242.

2011

Esser, I.-M. (2011) Principles of Contemporary Corporate Governance, Jean Jacques du Plessis, Anil Hargovan & Mirko Bagaric. South African Mercantile Law Journal, 23(1), p. 146. [Book Review]

Delport, P. and Esser, I.-M. (2011) The duty of care, skill and diligence: the King Report and the 2008 Companies Act. Journal of Contemporary Roman Dutch Law, 74, p. 449.

Esser, I.-M. (2011) Corporate social responsibility: a company law perspectives. South African Mercantile Law Journal, 23(3), pp. 317-335.

Esser, I.-M. (2011) The Enhancement of Shareholder and Stakeholder Interests in the New South African Companies Act. In: The Function of the Law Before Crises: A Comparative Corporate Governance Exploration, Stellenbosch, South Africa, 8-10 Dec 2011,

Havenga, M.K., Esser, I.M. , Geach, W.D., Locke, N., Vermaas, M.R. and Mahony, D.P. (2011) Board committees and board evaluations. In: Van der Merwe, J.G. (ed.) South African Corporate Business Administration. Juta: Cape Town. ISBN 9780702133268

Locke, N. and Esser, I.-M. (2011) Corporate law (including stock exchanges). Annual Survey of South African Law, pp. 293-335.

2010

Locke, N. and Esser, I.-M. (2010) Corporate law (including stock exchanges). Annual Survey of South African Law, pp. 295-324.

2009

Esser, I.-M. (2009) The protection of stakeholder interests in terms of the South African King III report on corporate governance. South African Mercantile Law Journal, 21(2), pp. 188-201.

Esser, I.-M. (2009) The Protection of Stakeholder Interests in terms of the South African King III Report on Corporate Governance. In: 8th International Conference on Corporate Social Responsibility, Cape Town, South Africa, 8-10 Sep 2009,

Esser, I.-M. (2009) Recognition of Various Stakeholder Interests in Company Management: Corporate Social Responsibility and Directors' Duties. Vdm Verlag Dr Müller: Saarbrücken. ISBN 9783639164121

Esser, I.-M. (2009) Stakeholder protection and the position of consumers. Journal of Contemporary Roman Dutch Law, 72(3), pp. 407-429.

Esser, I.-M. and Locke, N. (2009) Corporate law (including stock exchanges). Annual Survey of South African Law, pp. 259-283.

Havenga, M. and Esser, I.-M. (2009) Directors’ Environmental Responsibilities in South African Law. In: 1st International Conference on Governance, Fraud, Ethics, Social Responsibility, Edirne, Turkey, 11-13 Jun 2009, pp. 177-206. ISBN 9789753741019

Havenga, M.K., Esser, I.M. , Geach, W.D., Locke, N., Vermaas, M.R. and Mahony, D.P. (2009) The directors; their duties, obligations and powers. In: Van der Merwe, J.G. (ed.) South African Corporate Business Administration. Juta: Cape Town. ISBN 9780702133268

2008

Esser, I.-M. (2008) Company law and the spoliated director: Greaves v Barnard: case comments. South African Mercantile Law Journal, 20(1), pp. 135-145.

Esser, I.-M. (2008) The Dynamics in Corporate Governance in South Africa: Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment and the Enhancement of Good Corporate Governance Principles. In: 2nd International Conference on Business, Law and Technology (IBLT), New York, NY, USA, 17-19 Jun 2008,

Esser, I.-M. (2008) Shareholder Participation in Corporate Governance. In: Corporate Law Teachers Conference, Sydney, Australia, 3-5 Feb 2008,

Esser, I.-M. and Dekker, A. (2008) The dynamics of corporate governance in South Africa: broad based black economic empowerment and the enhancement of good corporate governance principles. Journal of International Commercial Law and Technology, 3(3), pp. 157-169.

Havenga, M.K., Esser, I.M. , Geach, W.D., Locke, N., Vermaas, M.R. and Mahony, D.P. (2008) Company law, corporate governance, and the company secretary. In: Van der Merwe, J.G. (ed.) South African Corporate Business Administration. Juta: Cape Town. ISBN 9780702133268

Havenga, M. and Esser, I.-M. (2008) Shareholder participation in corporate governance. Speculum Juris, 2008(1), pp. 74-94.

2007

Esser, I.-M. (2007) A Global African Perspective on Corporate Governance: The Protection of Stakeholders’ Interests. In: Good Governance and Non-State Actors in International Law: An African Perspective, Pretoria, South Africa, 27-29 Aug 2007,

Esser, I.-M. (2007) A global perspective on African corporate governance: the protection of stakeholders' interests. South African Yearbook of International Law, 32, pp. 406-429.

Esser, I.-M. (2007) Stakeholder protection: the position of employees. Journal of Contemporary Roman Dutch Law, 70(3), p. 407.

Esser, I.-M. and Du Plessis, J. (2007) The stakeholder debate and directors' fiduciary duties. South African Mercantile Law Journal, 19, pp. 346-363.

2006

Esser, I.-M. (2006) The position of street children and South African legislation. De Jure, 2006(2), pp. 385-404.

Esser, I.-M. (2006) The Position of Street Children and South African Legislation. In: Law Teachers Conference, Cape Town, South Africa, Jul 2006,

Roodt, C. and Esser, I. (2006) Venue in transnational litigation: party autonomy adds new impetus to the judgment project. South African Mercantile Law Journal, 18, pp. 13-30.

Roodt, C. and Esser, I.-M. (2006) Venue in transnational litigation: party autonomy adds new impetus to the 'judgment project'. South African Mercantile Law Journal, 18(1), pp. 13-30.

2005

Du Preez, M. L. and Esser, I.-M. (2005) Public places and the owners' duty of care towards visitors: regspraak. Tydskrif vir die Suid-Afrikaanse Reg: Journal for South African Law, 2005(1), pp. 208-214.

Esser, I.-M. (2005) The enlightened shareholder value approach versus plurism in the management of companies. Obiter, 26, pp. 719-725.

Esser, I.-M. (2005) Venue in Transnational Litigation: Party Autonomy adds New Impetus to the 'Judgment Project'. In: International Conference on Private International Law, UNISA University, South Africa, Sep 2005,

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Number of items: 68.

Articles

MacNeil, I. and Esser, I.-M. (2022) The emergence of ‘comply or explain’ as a global model for corporate governance codes. European Business Law Review, (Accepted for Publication)

MacNeil, I. and Esser, I.-M. (2021) From a financial to an entity model of ESG. European Business Organization Law Review, (Accepted for Publication)

Esser, I.-M. , MacNeil, I. and Chalaczkiewicz-Ladna, K. (2020) Engaging stakeholders in corporate decision-making through strategic reporting: an empirical study of FTSE 100 companies (Part 2). European Business Law Review, 31(2), pp. 209-242.

Delport, P.A. and Esser, I.-M. (2019) Corporate law. Annual Survey of South African Law, 2017,

Esser, I.-M. and MacNeil, I. (2019) Disclosure and engagement: stakeholder participation mechanisms. European Business Law Review, 30(2), pp. 201-221.

Esser, I.-M. , MacNeil, I. and Chalaczkiewicz-Ladna, K. (2018) Engaging stakeholders in corporate decision-making through strategic reporting: an empirical study of FTSE 100 companies. European Business Law Review, 29(5), pp. 729-772.

Esser, I.-M. , MacNeil, I. and Chalaczkiewicz-Ladna, K. (2018) Proposed revisions to the UK Corporate Governance Code: a step forward in recognising a company’s responsibilities towards wider stakeholders? Company Lawyer, 39(8), pp. 254-256.

Esser, I.-M. and Delport, P.A. (2018) The South African King IV Report on corporate governance: is the crown shiny enough? Company Lawyer, 39(11), pp. 378-384.

Esser, I.-M. and Delport, P.A. (2017) The protection of stakeholders: the South African social and ethics committee and the United Kingdom’s enlightened shareholder value approach: part 1. De Jure, 50(1), pp. 97-110. (doi: 10.17159/2225-7160/2017/v50n1a6)

Esser, I.-M. and Delport, P. (2017) The protection of stakeholders: the South African social and ethics committee and the United Kingdom’s enlightened shareholder value approach: part 2. De Jure, 50(2), pp. 221-240. (doi: 10.17159/2225-7160/2017/v50n2a2)

Esser, I.-M. and Delport, P. A. (2016) Shareholder protection philosophy in terms of the Companies Act 71 of 2008. Tydskrif vir Hedensdaagse Romeins-Hollandse Reg, 79,

Esser, I.-M. and Delport, P.A. (2016) Corporate law (including stock exchanges). Annual Survey of South African Law,

Esser, I.-M. and Delport, P.A. (2015) Corporate law (including stock exchanges). Annual Survey of South African Law,

Esser, I.-M. (2014) Shareholder interests and good corporate governance in South Africa. Journal of Contemporary Roman Dutch Law, 77, pp. 38-52.

Locke, N. and Esser, I.-M. (2014) Corporate law (including stock exchanges). Annual Survey of South African Law,

Locke, N. and Esser, I.-M. (2013) Corporate law (including stock exchanges). Annual Survey of South African Law,

Locke, N. and Esser, I.-M. (2012) Corporate law (including stock exchanges). Annual Survey of South African Law, pp. 200-242.

Delport, P. and Esser, I.-M. (2011) The duty of care, skill and diligence: the King Report and the 2008 Companies Act. Journal of Contemporary Roman Dutch Law, 74, p. 449.

Esser, I.-M. (2011) Corporate social responsibility: a company law perspectives. South African Mercantile Law Journal, 23(3), pp. 317-335.

Locke, N. and Esser, I.-M. (2011) Corporate law (including stock exchanges). Annual Survey of South African Law, pp. 293-335.

Locke, N. and Esser, I.-M. (2010) Corporate law (including stock exchanges). Annual Survey of South African Law, pp. 295-324.

Esser, I.-M. (2009) The protection of stakeholder interests in terms of the South African King III report on corporate governance. South African Mercantile Law Journal, 21(2), pp. 188-201.

Esser, I.-M. (2009) Stakeholder protection and the position of consumers. Journal of Contemporary Roman Dutch Law, 72(3), pp. 407-429.

Esser, I.-M. and Locke, N. (2009) Corporate law (including stock exchanges). Annual Survey of South African Law, pp. 259-283.

Esser, I.-M. (2008) Company law and the spoliated director: Greaves v Barnard: case comments. South African Mercantile Law Journal, 20(1), pp. 135-145.

Esser, I.-M. and Dekker, A. (2008) The dynamics of corporate governance in South Africa: broad based black economic empowerment and the enhancement of good corporate governance principles. Journal of International Commercial Law and Technology, 3(3), pp. 157-169.

Havenga, M. and Esser, I.-M. (2008) Shareholder participation in corporate governance. Speculum Juris, 2008(1), pp. 74-94.

Esser, I.-M. (2007) A global perspective on African corporate governance: the protection of stakeholders' interests. South African Yearbook of International Law, 32, pp. 406-429.

Esser, I.-M. (2007) Stakeholder protection: the position of employees. Journal of Contemporary Roman Dutch Law, 70(3), p. 407.

Esser, I.-M. and Du Plessis, J. (2007) The stakeholder debate and directors' fiduciary duties. South African Mercantile Law Journal, 19, pp. 346-363.

Esser, I.-M. (2006) The position of street children and South African legislation. De Jure, 2006(2), pp. 385-404.

Roodt, C. and Esser, I. (2006) Venue in transnational litigation: party autonomy adds new impetus to the judgment project. South African Mercantile Law Journal, 18, pp. 13-30.

Roodt, C. and Esser, I.-M. (2006) Venue in transnational litigation: party autonomy adds new impetus to the 'judgment project'. South African Mercantile Law Journal, 18(1), pp. 13-30.

Du Preez, M. L. and Esser, I.-M. (2005) Public places and the owners' duty of care towards visitors: regspraak. Tydskrif vir die Suid-Afrikaanse Reg: Journal for South African Law, 2005(1), pp. 208-214.

Esser, I.-M. (2005) The enlightened shareholder value approach versus plurism in the management of companies. Obiter, 26, pp. 719-725.

Books

Delport, P.A., Vorster, Q., Esser, I.-M. , Lombard, S. and Burdette, D. (2012) Henochsberg on the Companies Act. LexisNexis South.

Esser, I.-M. (2009) Recognition of Various Stakeholder Interests in Company Management: Corporate Social Responsibility and Directors' Duties. Vdm Verlag Dr Müller: Saarbrücken. ISBN 9783639164121

Book Sections

Chalaczkiewicz-Ladna, K. , Esser, I.-M. and MacNeil, I. (2021) Workforce engagement and the UK corporate governance code. In: Corporate Governance, Sustainability and Reputation. Thomson Reuters Aranzadi. (Accepted for Publication)

Esser, I.-M. and Loughrey, J. (2020) Stock corporations: corporate governance and external and internal controls. In: Vicari, A. and Schall, A. (eds.) Company Laws of the EU: A Handbook. Hart Publishing, pp. 1495-1539. ISBN 9781509923991

Esser, I.-M. (2019) Regulating ESG issues: a comparison of South Africa and the United Kingdom. In: Coetzee, H. and Fritz, C. (eds.) De Serie Legenda: Developments in Commercial Law: Entrepreneurial Law. Volume III. LexisNexis South Africa: Durban. ISBN 9780639008882

Cabrelli, D. and Esser, I.-M. (2018) A rule-based comparison and analysis of the case studies. In: Siems, M. and Cabrelli, D. (eds.) Comparative Company Law: a Case-Based Approach (2nd Edition). Hart Publishing. ISBN 9781509909360

Esser, I.-M. and Delport, P.A. (2018) South African case studies. In: Siems, M. and Cabrelli, D. (eds.) Comparative Company Law: a Case-Based Approach (2nd Edition). Hart Publishing. ISBN 9781509909360

Esser, I.-M. (2018) South Africa. In: du Plessis, J. J., Hargovan, A. and Harris, J. (eds.) Principles of Contemporary Corporate Governance [4th ed.]. Cambridge University Press: Port Melbourne, Vic., pp. 291-297. ISBN 9781108413022

Esser, I.-M. (2017) Corporate governance: soft law regulation and disclosure - the cases of the United Kingdom and South Africa. In: du Plessis, J. J. and Low, C. K. (eds.) Corporate Governance Codes for the 21st Century: International Perspectives and Critical Analyses. Springer. ISBN 9783319518671

Esser, I.-M. (2016) Part B: Director and Board accountability. In: Havenga, M. and Mahony, D. P. (eds.) Company Secretarial Practice. Juta: Cape Town. ISBN 9781485109648

Esser, I.-M. (2015) South Africa. In: Du Plessis, J.J., Hargovan, A., Bagaric, M. and Harris, J.R. (eds.) Principles of contemporary corporate governance. Cambridge University Press: Melbourne, pp. 392-403. ISBN 9781107432420

Havenga, M.K., Esser, I.M. , Geach, W.D., Locke, N., Vermaas, M.R. and Mahony, D.P. (2011) Board committees and board evaluations. In: Van der Merwe, J.G. (ed.) South African Corporate Business Administration. Juta: Cape Town. ISBN 9780702133268

Havenga, M.K., Esser, I.M. , Geach, W.D., Locke, N., Vermaas, M.R. and Mahony, D.P. (2009) The directors; their duties, obligations and powers. In: Van der Merwe, J.G. (ed.) South African Corporate Business Administration. Juta: Cape Town. ISBN 9780702133268

Havenga, M.K., Esser, I.M. , Geach, W.D., Locke, N., Vermaas, M.R. and Mahony, D.P. (2008) Company law, corporate governance, and the company secretary. In: Van der Merwe, J.G. (ed.) South African Corporate Business Administration. Juta: Cape Town. ISBN 9780702133268

Book Reviews

Esser, I.-M. (2019) Roger M Barker and Iris H-Y Chiu Corporate Governance and Investment Management: The Promises and Limitations of the New Financial Economy (Cheltenham: Edward Elgar 2017), ISBN: 978 1 78471 351 5, Price: £115 Hard cover, 519 pages. European Business Law Review, 30(2), pp. 335-336. [Book Review]

Esser, I.-M. (2013) European Capital Markets Law Rüdiger Veil (ed). Law and Financial Markets Review, 7(5), pp. 267-268. (doi: 10.5235/17521440.7.5.267)[Book Review]

Esser, I.-M. (2013) Iwa Salami, Financial Regulation in Africa: An Assessment of Financial Regulation in Africa: An Assessment of Financial Integration Arrangements in African Emerging and Frontier Markets 2012. Law and Financial Markets Review, 7(6), p. 322. (doi: 10.5235/17521440.7.6.322)[Book Review]

Esser, I.-M. (2012) German Corporate Governance in International and European Context, Jean J. du Plessis, Bernhard Großfeld, Claus Luttermann, Ingo Saenger, Otto Sandrock, and Matthias Casper. South African Mercantile Law Journal, 24(2), pp. 252-253. [Book Review]

Esser, I.-M. (2011) Principles of Contemporary Corporate Governance, Jean Jacques du Plessis, Anil Hargovan & Mirko Bagaric. South African Mercantile Law Journal, 23(1), p. 146. [Book Review]

Edited Books

Havenga, M. K. and Esser, I.-M. (Eds.) (2012) Corporate Governance Review 2012. LexisNexis: Durban. ISBN 9780409053746

Research Reports or Papers

MacNeil, I. and Esser, I.-M. (2020) The Pandemic Response in the UK in the Context of Corporate and Financial Law – within and without Law. Documentation. SSRN.

Conference or Workshop Item

Esser, I.-M. (2018) Disclosure vs Participation: Models of Stakeholder Representation in Corporate Decision-Making. International Corporate Governance and Law Forum, Leeds, UK, 15-16 Jan 2018.

Esser, I.-M. (2016) International Corporate Governance and Law. International Corporate Governance and Law Forum, Hong Kong, China, 25-26 Apr 2016.

Conference Proceedings

Esser, I.-M. (2015) Legislative Response: The South African Social and Ethics Committee and the United Kingdom’s Enlightened Shareholder Value Approach. In: 19th Commonwealth Law Conference, Glasgow, Scotland, 12-16 Apr 2015,

Esser, I.-M. and Cabrelli, D. (2014) Share Ownership Structure and Corporate Law: The Cases of South Africa and the UK. In: 19th Ius Commune Conference, Edinburgh, Scotland, 27-28 Nov 2014,

Esser, I.-M. (2011) The Enhancement of Shareholder and Stakeholder Interests in the New South African Companies Act. In: The Function of the Law Before Crises: A Comparative Corporate Governance Exploration, Stellenbosch, South Africa, 8-10 Dec 2011,

Esser, I.-M. (2009) The Protection of Stakeholder Interests in terms of the South African King III Report on Corporate Governance. In: 8th International Conference on Corporate Social Responsibility, Cape Town, South Africa, 8-10 Sep 2009,

Havenga, M. and Esser, I.-M. (2009) Directors’ Environmental Responsibilities in South African Law. In: 1st International Conference on Governance, Fraud, Ethics, Social Responsibility, Edirne, Turkey, 11-13 Jun 2009, pp. 177-206. ISBN 9789753741019

Esser, I.-M. (2008) The Dynamics in Corporate Governance in South Africa: Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment and the Enhancement of Good Corporate Governance Principles. In: 2nd International Conference on Business, Law and Technology (IBLT), New York, NY, USA, 17-19 Jun 2008,

Esser, I.-M. (2008) Shareholder Participation in Corporate Governance. In: Corporate Law Teachers Conference, Sydney, Australia, 3-5 Feb 2008,

Esser, I.-M. (2007) A Global African Perspective on Corporate Governance: The Protection of Stakeholders’ Interests. In: Good Governance and Non-State Actors in International Law: An African Perspective, Pretoria, South Africa, 27-29 Aug 2007,

Esser, I.-M. (2006) The Position of Street Children and South African Legislation. In: Law Teachers Conference, Cape Town, South Africa, Jul 2006,

Esser, I.-M. (2005) Venue in Transnational Litigation: Party Autonomy adds New Impetus to the 'Judgment Project'. In: International Conference on Private International Law, UNISA University, South Africa, Sep 2005,

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Grants

Women in Research Award: Youngest staff member with a doctorate degree at Unisa (2009).

Unisa’s Principal’s Prize for Excellence in Research (2009).

National Research Foundation of South Africa, Thuthuka Grant (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010).

Various grants to conduct research received from the Research and Higher Degrees Committee of Unisa (2006 - current).

REF Contingency Fund (University of Glasgow, College of Social Sciences) (~£2600) (2017)

The International Partnership Development Fund: Successful funding for India and Thailand Workshops to present 3 days on Corporate Governance

Supervision

Research students under supervision
  • Abdulaziz Bin hagshah - 'The New Corporate Governance Regulatory Frameworks in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia - Reality and Aspirations'
  • Sarah Deng - 'Legal Transplant as a Device of Legal Change in Transitional Economies: The Case of Importing Common Law-Style Corporate Fiduciary Duties into Contemporary China'
  • Sathien Rungthongkhamkul - 'Crafting Access to Civil Justice in Thailand : Strengthening Civil Remedy Framework in Responding to Business-Related Human Rights Abuse by Transnational Corporations'
  • Snehita Singh - 'Corporate Social Responsibility, corporate governance, company law'
  • Ansie Oost (co-supervisor: Prof MK Havenga, UNISA) - ‘The new "Safe Harbour" for directors in South Africa: A comparative study of the Business Judgement Rule’

Professor Esser supervises PG students working mainly on company law, corporate governance and corporate social responsibility matters.

Completed PhDs
  • NJ Moyo completed her PhD under Dr Esser's supervision at the University of South Africa during 2016 (Prof MK Havenga was the co-supervisor). The title of the thesis is  'Corporate governance - A critical analysis of the effectiveness of boards of directors in public entities in Zimbabwe'.

Teaching

  • Company Law
  • Commercial Law
  • Corporate Governance
  • Corporate Social Responsibility

Additional information

Impact

Cited during a roundtable discussion at the Australian Treasury (2007).

Submitted comments to a sub-committee of the South African King III Report on Corporate Governance (2008).

Provided comments on the sections on directors’ fiduciary duties of the South African 2008 Companies Bill to the Department of Trade and Industry (dti) and Parliament.

Approach and suggestions on stakeholder protection followed in the King IV Corporate Governance Report (followed by a Company Lawyer publication).

Comments provided to/on:

The Green Paper Corporate Governance Consultation in the UK (2016)

The FRC on the updated UK Corporate Governance Code (2018) followed by a Company Lawyer publication.

EU public consultation on the revision to non-financial reporting directive, the FCA CP20/3: Proposals to enhance climate-related disclosures by listed issuers and clarification of existing disclosure obligations (2020);

EU public consultation on the renewal of the sustainable finance strategy (2020);

EU public consultation on sustainable corporate governance (2020);

FRC public consultation on the future of non-financial reporting (2020).

Editorial role:

Member of the editorial board of the European Business Law Review.

External examiner roles:

University College London, Edinburgh University, Glasgow International College, University of Pretoria and at the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants

External examiner to 6 PhD candidates in the UK, South Africa and Australia.

Funding council moderator:

Moderator to the Irish Research Council (2017-).

Acted as a reviewer at the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) Academic Network Conference 2018, on invitation.

Professional Activities

External Adviser: South African King IV Corporate Governance Report Committee (2016)

Expert panel member of the EU/African Chamber of Commerce (2015-2018)

External consultant at Pascal Observatories (http://pascalobservatory.org/) (2015-)

Member of the PRI (Principles of Responsible Investing) Academic Forum

Member of the Sustainable Market Actors Network & Daughters of Themis: International Network of Female Business Scholars

Member of the United Nations’ Global Compact Task Team (Stakeholder Engagement and Human Rights) (Provide feedback on policy documents and attend round table discussions) (2006).

Review articles for, e.g.:
South African Mercantile Law Journal, Fundamina, Botswana Law Review, Stellenbosch Law Review, Obiter, De Jure, CILSA, European Business Law Review.

Training Provision

Presented an annual weeklong workshop at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa on Board Governance (2009-).

Presented capacity building at various universities in India with Prof Iain MacNeil (2017), in Bangkok, Thailand (2018) and Indonesia (2019) as part of a post-graduate growth initiative.

Latest Research Events Organised

‘The Pandemic Response in the UK in the Context of Corporate and Financial Law – within and without Law’- June 2020 (co-organised and presented a paper)

Workshop ‘Legal issues and perspectives on Fintech’ - 6th February 2020 (Co-organised)

‘AI & the future of law’ – December 2020 (co-chaired a session)

Invited Talks (since 2013)

Invited to attend the International Corporate Governance and Law Forum in Muenster, Germany as a delegate (2013)

Invited talk: ‘Share Ownership Structure and Corporate Law: The Cases of South Africa and the UK’ at the Ius Commune Conference in Edinburgh (with David Cabrelli, University of Edinburgh) (2014)

Invited talk: ‘Legislative Response: The South African Social and Ethics Committee and the United Kingdom’s Enlightened Shareholder Value Approach’ at the 19th Commonwealth Law Conference, Glasgow, Scotland, 12-16 Apr 2015

Invited to attend the Company Law Round Table with UK Company law academics at Southampton University (June 2016)

Invited talk: ‘International Corporate Governance and Law’ conference in Hong Kong during April 2016. I was one of 15 invited speakers from more than 8 countries.

Invited talk: ‘Disclosure vs Participation: Models of Stakeholder Representation in Corporate Decision-Making’ at the International Corporate Governance and Law Forum in Leeds, January 2018

Invited to attend a 1-day conference (invitation only) at Oxford University, Manchester College on ‘Corporate Groups – Facilitation and Control’, 11 January 2018

Dr K C-Ladna presented research findings from a joint report co-written with Professor MacNeil and Prof Esser at an event at the University of Edinburgh entitled ‘Engaging Stakeholders in the UK in Corporate Decision-Making Through Strategic Reporting: An Empirical Study’, hosted by the Edinburgh Centre for Commercial Law (2018)

Invited talk: Co-presented 3 papers (with Prof MacNeil) at ‘II International Conference on Corporate Governance’ (Universidad CEU San Pablo, Madrid) (2020)

Invited panel member: Univeristy of Durham: ‘UK litigation on Extractive Industries and Foreign Security Forces’ (Feb 2021)

Upcoming Invited Talk: UCL interdisciplinary seminar series in Law and Finance (with Prof MacNeil) (May 2021)