Jean Jacques du Plessis

Professor, Deakin University

Jean is currently a Professor of Law at Deakin University. He studied in South Africa and obtained his Doctorate in Law in 1991. He and his family migrated to Australia in 1999.

Jean served a 3-year term as Head of the Deakin Law School in 2000-2002 and was the President of the Corporate Law Teachers Association (CLTA) in 2007 and 2008. Jean has spent extensive time doing research in the UK and in Germany (as Alexander von Humboldt Scholar) in the areas of corporate law and corporate governance.

Jean is the co-author of several textbooks on South African corporate law (including Corporate Law, 3rd Edition and Entrepreneurial Law, 4th Edition) and he has published more than 70 articles in refereed journals in the areas of corporations law and corporate governance.

He published several books as co-author since 2005. His latest book is Jean Jacques du Plessis, Anil Hargivan and Mirko Bagaric, Principles of Contemporary Corporate Governace, CUP, Melbourne (2nd edition, 2011.

Since 2004 Jean has been involved in the South African Corporate Law Reform Program as part of a small international reference group that assisted the South African Department of Trade and Industry with the new South African Companies Act 71 of 2008, which has been promulgated in April 2009 and will become law in 2013.

Jean is currently teaching the units Corporate Governance, Corporate Law, Corporations Law and Business Law at Deakin University, Australia.

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  • 2000–present
    Professor of Law, Deakin University
  • 2008–2009
    President, Corporate Law Teachers Association (CLTA)
  • 2000–2002
    Head of the Law School, Faculty of Business and Law, Deakin University


  • 1991 
    University of the Orange Free State, LLD
  • 1986 
    University of the Orange Free State, LLM
  • 1983 
    University of the Orange Free State , LLB
  • 1981 
    University of the Orange Free State, BProc

Research Areas

  • Corporate Governance And Stakeholder Engagement (150303)