Ian Ramsay is the Harold Ford Professor of Commercial Law and Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor at Melbourne Law School, the University of Melbourne. He is also Director of the Law School's Centre for Corporate Law.
Professor Ramsay is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law and a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia. He has practised law in New York and Sydney and is a member of the Corporations Law Committee of the Law Council of Australia. Former positions Professor Ramsay has held include Head of the Federal Government inquiry on auditor independence; chair of the Federal Government independent panel to review the financial system's external dispute resolution and complaints framework; member of the Takeovers Panel; member of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission's External Advisory Panel; member of the Australian Securities and Investment Commission Enforcement Review Taskforce; Consultant to the Association of Southeast Asian Countries (ASEAN) and co-author of the report for ASEAN on facilitating equity crowdfunding in ASEAN; member of the Australian Government's Corporations and Markets Advisory Committee; member of the Audit Quality Review Board; member of the Australian Government's Auditors and Liquidators Disciplinary Board; member of the Law Committee of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and member of the International Federation of Accountants taskforce on rebuilding confidence in financial reporting. Professor Ramsay has published extensively on corporate law, corporate governance and financial regulation issues both internationally and in Australia.
For more detailed information about Professor Ramsay, including a link to his CV, please see his staff profile on the website of Melbourne Law School at https://law.unimelb.edu.au/about/staff/ian-ramsay
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What 1,100 Australians told us about the experience of living with debt they can't repay
Insolvency law reform in Australia and Singapore: Directors' liability for insolvent tradi..
Low income, no assets, large credit-card debt: why more older Australians are declaring ba..
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Limitations of Australia's Legal Hardship Protections for Women with Debt Problems Caused by Economic Abuse
Evgenia Bourova, Ian Ramsay, Paul Ali
Journal article | 2019 | University of New South Wales Law Journal
Research on economic abuse has identified multiple ways in which perpetrators use debt to exercise power and control over women in..
Insolvency law reform in Australia and Singapore: Directors' liability for insolvent trading and wrongful trading
Stacey Steele, Ian Ramsay, Miranda Webster
Journal article | 2019 | International Insolvency Review
This article compares reforms to directors’ liability for insolvent trading in Singapore and in Australia. The authors analyse the..
Enhancing the Internal Dispute Resolution Processes of Financial Firms for Consumer Complaints
Ian Ramsay, Miranda Webster
Journal article | 2019 | Competition and Consumer Law Journal
Internal dispute resolution (IDR) is an essential part of the dispute resolution framework for resolving the complaints by consume..
The Evolution and Consolidation of External Dispute Resolution Schemes in the Financial Sector: From the Banking Ombudsman to the Australian Financial Complaints Authority
Ian Ramsay, MIranda Webster
Journal article | 2019 | JOURNAL OF BANKING AND FINANCE LAW AND PRACTICE
The Australian Banking Industry Ombudsman (‘ABIO’) was the first external dispute resolution (‘EDR’) scheme set up and funded by i..
The Reach of Constitutional Conflicts Provisions: How Do Companies Contract out of the General Law Duties?
Rosemary Langford, Ian Ramsay
Journal article | 2019 | COMPANY AND SECURITIES LAW JOURNAL
To what extent do companies insert provisions in their constitutions that modify the duties imposed on company directors? This que..
The Distinctive Features of Women in the Australian Bankruptcy System: An Empirical Study
Lucinda O'Brien, Ian Ramsay, Paul Ali
Journal article | 2019 | Australian Journal of Social Issues
According to data published by Australian Financial Security Authority (AFSA), Australian women and men offer strikingly similar r..
‘Contrary to the Spirit of the Age’: Imprisonment for Debt in Colonial Victoria, 1857-1890
Jodie Boyd, Ian Ramsay, Paul Ali
Journal article | 2019 | Melbourne University Law Review
The reintroduction in 1857 of imprisonment for debt in colonial Victoria flew in the face of international momentum for its abolit..
Remunerating Corporate Insolvency Practitioners in the United Kingdom, Australia, and Singapore: The Roles of Courts
S Steele, MS Wee, I Ramsay
Journal article | 2018 | Asian Journal of Comparative Law
AbstractInsolvency practitioner remuneration is a vexed topic globally and the role of courts in fixing and reviewing remuneration..
Impacts of Financial Literacy and Confidence on the Severity of Financial Hardship in Australia
Evgenia Bourova, Malcolm Anderson, Ian Ramsay, Paul Ali
Journal article | 2018 | Australasian Accounting, Business and Finance Journal
Consumers in Australia and other developed countries are increasingly required to interact with providers of complex financial pro..
An ASEAN Framework for Cross-Border Cooperation in Financial Consumer Dispute Resolution
V Chen, A Godwin, I Ramsay
Journal article | 2017 | Asian Journal of Comparative Law
AbstractThe increasing integration of regional markets in Southeast Asia has led to the need for a regional framework for financia..
Reporting on Hardship Practice in the Consumer Credit and Energy Sectors: An Analysis
E Bourova, I Ramsay, M Roberts
Journal article | 2017 | Competition and Consumer Law Journal
Reporting is a critical regulatory strategy used to provide insight into the level and quality of service providers’ compliance wi..
Constitutional Voting Rules of Australian National Sporting Organizations: Comparative Analysis and Principles of Constitutional Design
R Macdonald, I Ramsay
Journal article | 2016 | Journal of Sports and Entertainment Law
In 2012 and 2013, four Australian national sporting organizations (“NSO’s”)—the Australian Football League, the Australian Rugby L..
The Australian Sports Commission's "Governance Reform in Sport" Discussion Paper and Voting Rules in Corporate Constitutions
R Macdonald, I Ramsay
Journal article | 2016 | COMPANY AND SECURITIES LAW JOURNAL
The Australian Sports Commission’s 2015 “Governance Reform in Sport” Discussion Paper proposes to limit voting by members of a Nat..
Shareholder and creditor protection in Australia: A leximetric analysis
H Anderson, M Welsh, I Ramsay, P Gahan
Journal article | 2012 | Company and Securities Law Journal
This article utilises leximetric analysis, which involves the numerical coding of the strength of legal protections, to show chang..
The Evolution of Shareholder and Creditor Protection in Australia: An international comparison
H Anderson, M Welsh, I Ramsay, P Gahan
Journal article | 2012 | International and Comparative Law Quarterly
This article is part of a larger international investigation of the effects of a country's legal origins on the style of business ..
Employee participation in employee share ownership plans: The law, company objectives and employee motives
M Brown, R Minson, A O'Connell, I Ramsay
Journal article | 2012 | Australian Journal of Labour Law
Although Employee Share Ownership Plans (ESOPs) are widely used in Australian companies, little is known about why employees parti..
Employee Share Ownership Plans: Evaluating the Role of Tax and Other Factors Using Two Case Studies
A BARNES, T JOSEV, J LENNE, S MARSHALL, R MITCHELL, I RAMSAY, C RIDER
Journal article | 2007 | Australian Business Law Review
Employee share ownership (ESO) has recently been the subject of signiﬁcant public policy debate in Australia and internationally. ..
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Honours, Awards and Fellowships
FASSA - Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia
FAAL - Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law
Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor
New York Bar
Barrister & Solicitor
High Court of Australia
Barrister & Solicitor
Supreme Court of New South Wales
Master of Laws
Bachelor of Laws
Bachelor of Arts