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Michael Quilter

Micheal Quilter
  • Title: Dr.
  • Position: Senior Lecturer - Department of Accounting and Corporate Governance
  • Qualifications: PhD (Macq), BA (Macq), LLB (NSW), LLM (Macq).

Contact Details

Areas of Expertise

  • Company Law
  • Bankruptcy History


Michael Quilter joined Macquarie University in 1991. Prior to this he worked in private practice as a solicitor. His areas of expertise are company law and the history of bankruptcy. His teaching involves a combination of commercial realities, task orientation, clarity, and engagement.

Professional Certifications:

  • Solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales with Supreme Court of New South Wales


  • Master of Laws (by research): Early English Bankruptcy (Macquarie University)
  • Bachelor of Law: (The University of New South Wales)
  • Bachelor of Arts: English (Macquarie University)
  • Certificate in Higher Education: (Macquarie University)
  • PhD: "The Idea of Bankruptcy - more than law" (Macquarie University)

Research awards

  • Research Excellence (ECR) Award, Faculty of Business and Economics, Macquarie University, 2013


journal toggle icon open Refereed Journal Articles

  • Development of bankruptcy process in the late Republic and its relationship to modern bankruptcy, (2013) 21 Insolvency Law Journal 125
  • Bankruptcy and Order, (2013) 39 Monash University Law Review 188
  • "Writers and their Personal Crusades: Defoe and Bankruptcy" (2010) 10 Contemporary Issues in Law 330
  • "The XII Tables as part of bankruptcy's narrative: Identifying creditors' collective rights" (2011) 19 Insolvency Law Journal 91
  • "Shakespeare and Bankruptcy" (2012) 20 Insolvency Law Journal 105

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  • Company Law Perspectives - publisher: Thomson Reuters (Lawbook Co) 1st ed. 2012; 2nd ed. 2014
  • The Company Law Notes - publisher: Thomson Reuters (Lawbook Co) 1st ed. 2004; 2nd ed. 2006; 3rd ed. 2008; 4th ed. 2010

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Media Mentions

  • Photo relating to Michael Quilter interviewed regarding disclosure requirements for companiesMichael Quilter interviewed regarding disclosure requirements for companies

  • Publication: Technology Spectator
    Title: Should ASIC consider social media disclosures?
    Date: 5 April 2013
    Author: Harrison Polites

    Excerpt: "The regulator already has its hands full when it comes keeping companies releasing key information in an honest and timely manner, he says citing a recent disclosure spat between ASIC and mining giant Fortescue.

    Quilter also contends that such open disclosure rules may be tailored towards stemming the turmoil gripping the US economy. He says that making company announcements more open and visible via social media may work to bolster the US economy and encourage investment. While that may be necessary in the US at the moment, Quilter says that Australia can afford to have tighter, more regulated disclosure rules as it has a stronger economy.

    He also suspects that our investment community may be more technologically “conservative” than the US, hinting that a shift to social media disclosures in Australia could see some shareholders miss out on having timely access to important company information altogether."

    Read full article "Should ASIC consider social media disclosures?"

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