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Professor Roman Tomasic

Honorary Professor


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Honorary Professor in Durham Law School  
Leader of Work Package 2 in Tipping Points Research Project113+44 (0) 191 33 42839


Roman Tomasic is the Chair in Company Law at the Durham Law School. He has a particular interest in corporate governance, comparative corporate law and insolvency law reform issues. He holds an MA and LLB from the University of Sydney, and doctorates from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (SJD) and  the University of New South Wales (PhD). Prior to moving to Durham, Professor Tomasic was a Research Professor in the School of Law at Victoria University in Melbourne, Australia. He has held a visiting lecturer position at the Wisconsin-Madison Law School and Visiting Professor of Law positions at law schools at the City University of Hong Kong, the University of Hong Kong and the International Islamic University Malaysia;  Prof Tomasic has held continuing law teaching positions at Kuring-Gai College (now the University of Technology, Sydney), the University of Canberra, and Victoria University in Melbourne. He is currently also an Emeritus Professor of Law at the University of Canberra and has been an Adjunct Professor at the China University of Politics and Law in Beijing.

He has led efforts to establish law schools at Canberra and Victoria Universities and also served as Head of the Department of Law and Chair of the Academic Board at the University of Canberra and as the Dean of the Faculty of Business and Law at Victoria University. He was for some years the Director of the National Centre for Corporate Law and Policy Research in Canberra and served as the initial Director of the Centre for International Corporate Governance Research at Victoria University. He was founding Editor of the Australian Journal of Corporate Law from 1991 until 2007.  He has been a law reform consultant to the OECD and the German agency GTZ and worked on commercial law reforms being developed by the Finance and Economic Committee of the Nartional People's Congress in China. 

Professor Tomasic is especially interested in comparative and international aspects of corporate law, corporate governance, insolvency law and business regulation.  He has undertaken empiricially-based research in these areas and has undertaken field work in a number of countries, with a special interest in the Chinese and East Asian legal systems. He has recently worked on a project on stakeholder governance issues in Britain, China and Germany (funded by the British Academy and involving the Law Institute of CASS).  In recent years he has also  undertaken substantial research into legal aspects of the global banking and financial crisis and is leading a major Leverhulme funded project looking at tipping points in the financial crisis.  He welcomes PhD students with research interests in these areas.  

Video Podcasts

Financial Crises: The Need to Learn from History (Video)

Principles based approach to financial regulation (Video)

Research groups

  • Institute of Commercial and Corporate Law

Research Projects

  • Grants

Awarded Grants

  • 2010: Tipping Points: mathematics, metaphors and meaning(£132866.78 from The Leverhulme Trust)
  • 2009: Stakeholders and gatekeepers as agents of more effective corpoprate governance(£36227.03 from CO-REACH)


Authored book

Book review

Chapter in book

Edited book

  • Tomasic, Roman. (2006). Insolvency Law in East Asia. Ashgate Publisahing Limited, Aldershot, UK.
  • Tomasic, Roman. (1999). Company Law in East Asia. Ashgate Publishing, Aldershot, 1999.

Journal Article

Newspaper/Magazine Article

  • Tomasic, Roman. (2011). "Corporate Governance Reforms in the EU". European Company Law 8(4): 142-144.