In 2016, the Insolvency & Restructuring group within QUT’s Commercial and Property Law Research Centre will be hosting their first international conference.  While the current focus in much insolvency scholarship or commentary is upon salvaging economic value for large businesses facing financial collapse, the harsh reality is that many more people experience financial stress as over-indebted consumers or ‘owners’ of micro/small/medium sized enterprises.

The conference will provide a forum for scholars and policy-makers to discuss and present on the human experience of bankruptcy.

Key note addresses will be delivered by Professor Jay L. Westbrook, Benno C. Schmidt Chair of Business Law, The University of Texas at Austin, and Professor Iain Ramsay, Professor of Law, University of Kent.

Themes to be discussed at the conference include:

  • Fresh start: rhetoric or reality?
  • Policy tensions: fresh start v commercial certainty
  • Personal insolvency law reform
  • Alternatives to bankruptcy
  • Multi-disciplinary insights
  • Comparative approaches
  • Lenders’ perspectives
  • Human rights
  • The health effects of over-indebtedness

Our themes are deliberately broad and we welcome abstracts from all disciplines and areas of expertise examining issues surrounding natural person insolvency.


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When | Where

7 – 9 September 2016
Rydges South Bank Hotel,
Brisbane, Australia.

Important Dates

Call for abstracts opens: 2 November 2015
Registration opens: 8 February 2016
Abstract submissions due: 7 April 2016 – submissions sent after this date will be considered
Notification of acceptance: 1 May 2016
Presenter registration due: 20 June 2016
Early Bird closes: 31 July 2016Extended to 15 August

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