Adelaide Law School
Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Economics
Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.
Dr Beth Nosworthy is an Associate Professor in the Adelaide Law School, researching in the areas of corporate law and equity, in particular directors' duties and fiduciary obligations. She has published on fiduciary obligations, priorities in insolvency, and directors' duties in insolvent companies, and has co-authored the text 'Contemporary Australian Corporate Law' with colleagues from the Australian National University., now in its second edition
Dr Nosworthy lectures in Equity and Corporate Law at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels, and is also the Director of the Entrepreneur and Venture Advice Clinic, a clinical legal education opportunity for fourth and final year law students offering free legal advice to entrepreneurs, new and small businesses in South Australia.
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Dr Beth Nosworthy's research is concentrated in corporate structures, corporate governance and directors' duties.
In 2013, Dr Nosworthy was awarded her PhD from the University of Adelaide, and won the Bonython Prize for best original thesis. Her thesis provided a legal analysis of directors' duties, and in particular the fiduciary obligation, under Australian corporations regulation, and whether in certain circumstances, that obligation could be owed directly to members, in addition to the company more generally. This PhD research was in funded in part through the Zelling-Gray scholarship program.
Dr Nosworthy is particularly interested in the application of corporate governance to differing corporate forms, and the specific role of the directors' duties within corporate governance more generally.
Dr Nosworthy is a co-author of the text, Contemporary Australian Corporate Law, with colleagues from the Australian National University, College of Law, now in its second edition, along with other prominent commercial law and corporate governance texts from CUP.
Date Position Institution name 2022 - ongoing Associate Professor University of Adelaide 2018 - 2021 Senior Lecturer University of Adelaide 2011 - 2017 Lecturer University of Adelaide 2008 - 2009 Writing Centre Mentor, Writing Centre for Law, CLPD University of Adelaide 2004 - 2008 Casual Seminar Leader University of Adelaide 2003 - 2004 Associate to the Honourable Justice A Vanstone Supreme Court of South Australia 2003 - 2004 Law Clerk Cowell Clarke Commercial Lawyers 2002 - 2002 Winter Clerk Arnold Bloch Liebler
Awards and Achievements
Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount 2018 Fellowship Faculty of the Professions Womens' Fellowship University of Adelaide Australia $15,000.00 2017 Teaching Award Executive Dean's Award for Excellence in Teaching (Academic Staff) 2017 University of Adelaide, Faculty of the Professions Australia $2000.00 2014 Achievement Bonython Prize University of Adelaide Australia -
Language Competency German Can read, write, speak and understand spoken
Date Institution name Country Title 2007 - 2013 University of Adelaide Australia PhD 2005 - 2006 University of Oxford United Kingdom Bachelor of Civil Law 2005 Law Society of South Australia Australia Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice 1999 - 2003 University of Adelaide Australia Bachelor of Laws with Honours 1998 - 2003 University of Adelaide Australia Diploma of Languages (German) 1998 - 2000 University of Adelaide Australia Bachelor of Science (Mathematics and Computer Science)
Year Citation 2021 Koch, C., Castles, M., Giancaspro, M., Stubbs, M., Nosworthy, B., & Olijnyk, A. (2021). Innovation in Education: Adelaide Law School. The Bulletin - Law Society of South Australia, 43(1), 10. 2020 Symes, C. F., & Nosworthy, B. (2020). The components of corporate governance for financially distressed companies. Australian Journal of Corporate Law, 35, 98-113. 2020 Nosworthy, B. S. (2020). The Corporations Act and Climate Change - Appetite for Change?. Australian Law Journal, 94(6), 411-417. 2018 Symes, C., & Nosworthy, B. (2018). Paying the liquidators when the company is an insolvent trustee. Australian Journal of Corporate Law, 33, 111-123. 2018 Nosworthy, B. S., & Symes, C. (2018). The Good Place or the Bad Place: The Position of Directors during a Deed of Company Arrangement. Insolvency Law Journal, 26(4), 191-202.
2017 Symes, C., & Nosworthy, B. (2017). Prepayment Consumer Creditors: A Special Case for Insolvency Proceedings?. Insolvency Law Journal, 25(1), 29-43.
2017 Symes, C. F., & Nosworthy, B. (2017). To Prioritise or not to Prioritise: the Question of Prepayment Consumer Creditors. Company and Securities Law Journal, 35(8), 583-587. 2016 Nosworthy, B., & Symes, C. (2016). The liquidator: a hybrid of agent, fiduciary and officer. Australian Journal of Corporate Law, 31(1), 65-79. 2016 Nosworthy, B. (2016). A director's fiduciary duty of disclosure: the case(s) against. University of New South Wales Law Journal, 39(4), 1389-1409.
2011 Stewart, A., & Nosworthy, B. (2011). Employees and indemnities. Journal of Contract Law, 27(1-2), 18-34. 2010 Nosworthy, B. (2010). Directors' fiduciary obligations: Is the shareholder an appropriate beneficiary?. Australian Journal of Corporate Law, 24(3), 282-307.
Year Citation 2023 Giancaspro, M., Golding, G., Nosworthy, B., Brown, D., Viven-Wilksch, J., Wawryk, A., . . . Zito, P. (2023). Contemporary Australian Business Law. Cambridge University Press. 2018 Bottomley, S., Hall, K., Spender, P., & Nosworthy, B. (2018). Contemporary Australian Corporate Law. United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press.
Year Citation 2018 Giancaspro, M., Castles, M., Nosworthy, B., Olijnyk, A., & Viven-Wilksch, J. (2018). A Collegiate Approach to Best Practice Group Work in Law. In N/A. University of Adelaide. 2010 Nosworthy, B. S. (2010). Directors' Fiduciary Obligations. In Australian Journal of Corporate Vol. 24 (pp. 282). University of South Australia, Adelaide.
My recent grants include:
- Law Foundation of South Australia, 'Australian Navigational Guide Explaining Laws for Space' Project, 2019
- Faculty of the Professions, Womens' Fellowship 2018
- Faculty of the Professions, Internship Grant 2017
- Faculty of the Professions, Recorded Lecture Grants 2016 (Project Lead - Corporate Law: Key Concepts)
- Faculty of the Professions, Recorded Lecture Grants 2016 (Project team member - Equity: Key Cases)
- Faculty of the Professions, Whole-Program Blending Grant 2015/2016 (Project team member)
Undergraduate Courses Currently Taught:
LAW 3510 - Clinical Legal Education (Director, Entrepreneur and Venture Advice Clinic)
LAW 2598 - Corporate Law (Course Coordinator)
LAW 2502 - Equity
Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)
Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name 2020 Principal Supervisor Legislating for Emerging Areas of Commercial Activity in Outer Space Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Mr Joel Willis Lisk
Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)
Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name 2017 - 2022 Co-Supervisor Meaningful protection or unacceptable risk? A critical analysis of undue influence as a safeguard in proposed voluntary assisted dying legislation in South Australia Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Michaela Estelle Okninski
Date Role Committee Institution Country 2020 - ongoing Chair Education Committee Governance Institute of Australia Australia 2018 - ongoing Member John Bray Law Alumni Network - Executive University of Adelaide Australia 2018 - ongoing Member Academic Program Committee University of Adelaide, Adelaide Law School Australia 2018 - ongoing Secretary Corporate Law Teachers' Association - Executive Corporate Law Teachers' Association Australia 2017 - 2018 Member Corporate Law Teachers' Association - Executive Corporate Law Teachers' Association Australia 2011 - ongoing Member Postgraduate Coursework Committee University of Adelaide, Adelaide Law School Australia
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