The Corporate Law Teachers Association (CLTA) was established in 1994 by scholars of corporate law. The association seeks to represent the voices of the various corporate law scholars in Australia, New Zealand and the Asia Pacific region.
A competition was held in 2008 for the design of the CLTA logo. Entrants provided their design ideas along with an explanation. The winner, Whitney Smarz, submitted the following statement defining her logo:
“The design of my logo presents itself as professional and structured, justifying CLTA’s primary goal of advancing corporate teaching and research. The logo symbolises unity and knowledge, and is an abstraction of a scholar (the black figure) teaching the students law (green figures). Green is known to represent knowledge, and this logo depicts the passing on of knowledge to a new generation. Additionally, placing the figures in a circular shape resembles the globe, and the meeting of other scholars around the world. Also, it appears that the figures are in an embracing pose, symbolising the acceptance of knowledge and growth.”
In 1994 a number of university teachers of corporate law agreed to form a specialist unincorporated association to help its Australasian members. The CLTA has developed out of the attendees at a number of corporate law teachers conferences and the Australasian Law Teachers Association (ALTA) "Company Law Interest Group".
The first conference was hosted by the University of New South Wales in 1991, to enable all corporate law teachers to come to terms with the introduction of the "new" Corporations Law in Australia. This successful conference was followed in 1992 by the University of Canberra. In 1993 the conference was hosted by the Queensland University of Technology and in 1994 the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS). At the UTS conference the delegates agreed to establish a steering committee to establish a formal association. Professor Paul Redmond (UNSW) was elected President of that committee and the CLTA.
The goals of the CLTA include:
Advancing corporate law teaching, research and scholarship
Promoting cooperation and exchange of ideas between corporate law scholars in the region
Promoting active cooperation between corporate law teachers and universities
Promoting cooperation with professional legal associations and law reform agencies
Hosting an annual conference to highlight current developments in corporate law scholarship