Dr Lilian Miles is a senior lecturer in the Leadership, Work and Organisation Department. She is interested in exploring the impact of legal and political systems, and culture and religion on the development of corporate governance and employment relations policies and practices. She is familiar with corporate governance structures and employment relations systems in many Asian countries. She is currently looking at ways in which workers' capabilities in the Asian workplace may be expanded.

Qualifications

  • Ph.D. (2010) Middlesex University
  • PGCEd (1993) University of Northumbria
  • LL.M. International Business Law (1991) University of Hull
  • LL.B. (Hons.) Upper Second Class (1990) University of Hull

Visiting Lectureships

I have held several visiting lectureships on Corporate Governance – the Universities of Hamburg, Dresden and Leipzig. I also taught Consumer Law for many years at the University of Hong Kong.

Academic Journal Roles

I have acted as reviewer for various peer reviewed Journals, including The Journal of Corporate Law Studies, Sport, Business Management: An International Journal, Journal of Contemporary Asia, International Journal of Law and Management, Electronic Journal of International and Comparative Labour Studies and Asia Pacific Business Review

Recent Publications

  • Lilian Miles, "The Capabilities Approach and Worker Well Being" (forthcoming, 2014, Journal of Development Studies)
  • Lilian Miles, "An Integrative Approach to Labour Regulation and Indonesia" (forthcoming, 2014, Economic and Industrial Democracy)
  • Richard Croucher, Joung Kyoung-Eun and Lilian Miles (2013) "Evaluating South Korean Legal Channels for Individual Employment Disputes through Budd & Colvins' Framework" Comparative Labour Law and Policy Journal, (forthcoming)
  • Lilian Miles and Say Hak Goo, (2013) "Corporate Governance in Asian Countries: Has Confucianism Anything to Offer?" Business and Society Review, 118, 1, 23-45
  • Lilian Miles and Richard Croucher (2013) “Gramsci, counter-hegemony and union-CSO coalitions in Malaysia” Journal of Contemporary Asia, 43, 3, 413 - 427
  • Lilian Miles and Mohd Rizal Salim (2013) “Corporate Governance Reform in Malaysia: An Institutional Theoretical Approach” Journal of Comparative Law, 5, 2, 314 – 330
  • Richard Croucher, Mark Kelly and Lilian Miles (2012), “A Rawlsian Basis for Core Labour Rights” Comparative Labour Law and Policy Journal, 33, 2, 297 – 320
  • Richard Croucher and Lilian Miles (2010) “Corporate Governance and Employees in South Africa” Journal of Corporate Law Studies, 2, 367 – 389
  • Richard Croucher and Lilian Miles (2010) “Chinese Migrant Worker Representation and Institutional Change: Social or Centralist Corporatism?” Asian Journal of Comparative Law, 5, 31 - 52
  • Lilian Miles and Simon Goulding, (2010) “Corporate Governance in Western (Anglo American) and Islamic Communities: Prospects for Convergence?” Journal of Business Law, 2, 126 – 149
  • Lilian Miles and Mariette Jones, (2009) “The Prospects of Corporate Governance as a Vehicle for Social Change in South Africa” Deakin Law Review, 14, 1, 53 – 78
  • Richard Croucher and Lilian Miles, (2009) “The Legal Structuring of Women's Collective Voice in the South Korean Workplace” Journal of Contemporary Asia, 39, 2, 231 – 246.
  • Lilian Miles, (2008) “Transferring the Anglo American system to Korea: At What Cost, and Are there Alternatives?” Bond Law Review, 20, 2, 71 – 91
  • Lilian Miles (2008) “The Significance of Cultural Norms in the Evolution of Korean HRM Practices” International Journal of Law and Management, 2008, Vol 50(1), 33 – 46
  • Lilian Miles, (2007) “Current Changes in Labour Management And Industrial Relations In Japan And Their Impact On Its ‘Stakeholder Oriented’ Governance Model”, Managerial Law, 49, 4, 117-128.
  • Lilian Miles, (2007) “The Cultural Aspects of Corporate Governance Reform in South Korea”, Journal of Business Law, 2007, Issue 51, 8, 851-867.
  • Lilian Miles and Zhong Zhang, (2006) “Improving corporate governance in state owned enterprises in China: Which way forward?” Journal of Corporate Law Studies, 6, 1, 213-248.
  • Lilian Miles, Alexander Schall and Simon Goulding, (2006) “Enhancing the interests of non-member stakeholders through disclosure: the new reporting regime in the United Kingdom” Journal of Corporate Law Studies, 6, 2, 299 – 328
  • Lilian Miles, (2006) “The Application of Anglo American corporate practices in societies influenced by Confucian values” Business and Society Review, 111, 3, 305-322.
  • Lilian Miles and Miao He, (2005) “Protecting the rights and interests of minority shareholders in China: Challenges for the future” International Company and Commercial law Review, 16, 7, 275-290.
  • Simon Goulding, Lilian Miles and Alexander Schall, (2005) “Judicial Enforcement of Extra-Legal Codes in UK and German Company Law – Including Observations on OLG Schleswig-Holstein, NZG 2004, 669 (Mobilcom ll) and LG Munchen l, NZG 2004, 626 (Hypovereinsbank), European Company and Financial Law Review, 20 – 62.

Book Chapters

  • Simon Goulding and Lilian Miles, (2005) “Regulating the approach of companies toward employees: the new statutory duties and reportingobligations of directors within the United Kingdom” in Tully, S. (ed.) Research Handbook on Corporate Legal Responsibility (Edward Elgar,Cheltenham, UK).
  • Lilian Miles, (2011) “Migrant Workers in China: Social Exclusion, Protection and Representation” in Croucher, R. (ed.) China and Outside World, (Osaka City University).

Work in Progress

  • A Rawlsian Basis for Fair and Just Corporate Governance (under review)
  • The Social Relations Approach and Women in Informal Work in Malaysia: Institutional Analysis, Empowerment and Challenges (under review)  

Recent Presentations at Conferences

  • Lilian Miles “The Significance of Cultural Norms in the Evolution of Korean HRM Practices” Society of Legal Scholars Association Conference, Trinity College, Dublin, 16 February 2008
  • Lilian Miles “Corporate Governance In Western (Anglo American) And Islamic Communities: Prospects For Convergence?” Law and Society Association, Montreal, Canada, 29 May-2 June 2008
  • Lilian Miles “Corporate Governance In Western (Anglo American) And Islamic Communities: Prospects For Convergence?” SLS Conference, London School of Economics, UK, 15-18 September 2008
  • Lilian Miles, “Transferring the Anglo American system to Korea: At What Cost, and Are there Alternatives?” The Sixth International Critical Management Studies (CMS) Conference, University of Warwick Business School, July 13 – 15, 2009
  • Lilian Miles & Elliot Schatzberger “Teaching Law to Non Law Students” The Dynamics Of Difference: Making It Work” Middlesex University & The Centre for Learning and Quality Enhancement, July 1, 2009
  • Mariette Jones and Lilian Miles “The Prospects of Corporate Governance as a Vehicle for Social Change in South Africa” SLS Conference, University of Keele, September 2009
  • Lilian Miles, “Corporate Governance and Employees in South Africa”, Socializing Economic Relationships - New Perspectives and Methods for Analysing Transnational Risk Regulation, 15th to 16th April 2010, Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, Oxford University, UK
  • Lilian Miles, “Migrant Workers in China: Social Exclusion, Protection and Representation” at “Chinese Cities: Internal Issues and External Perspectives” A One Day Workshop for City, Culture and Society” Organisers: Osaka City University & Middlesex University Business School, 1st July 2011
  • Lilian Miles, “Gramsci, Counter Hegemony and Union-CSO Coalitions in Malaysia” SLS Labour and Employment Law Section, Crisis in Labour Law, Kingston Law School Group for Employment Law and Policy, One-day Conference Friday 11 May 2012
  • Lilian Miles, “The Integrative Approach to Labour Regulation and Indonesia” Vulnerable Workers and Precarious Work in a Changing World, Middlesex University, 10-11 September, 2012

Over the years, I have taught on several undergraduate modules, including Contract Law, Business Law, Company Law, and International Business Law. Postgraduate modules include Corporate Governance, Corporate Social Responsibility, Transnational Corporations and Labour Rights, Employment Relations in Asian Countries.

I have actively engaged in scholarly research and publication since 2005. My interests lie in corporate governance and employment relations as they apply to developing, mainly Asian, countries. I have published several articles on these topics, many of which explore the impact of culture, religion, legal and political systems on their developments. These culminated in my obtaining my PhD (Transplanting the Anglo American Corporate Governance Model into Asian Countries: Prospects and Practicality) in 2010. I have latterly, concentrated on investigating the roles of Corporate Codes of Conduct, unions and NGOs in improving working conditions in developing countries. My publications since 2010 show my growing interest in this area. Expanding my research in this area has involved looking at the relevance of "development frameworks" for labour rights and conducting empirical work (in Malaysia and South Korea, see publications list). Finally, I have also broadened my exploration of this area by becoming involved in research projects funded by the International Labour Organization.

I welcome proposals for postgraduate supervision from students interested in the fields of corporate governance, CSR and labour law developments in developing countries.

Research Publications

A Rawlsian basis for core labour rights

Croucher, Richard and Kelly, Mark G. E. and Miles, Lilian (2012) A Rawlsian basis for core labour rights. Comparative Labor Law and Policy Journal, 33 (2). pp. 297-320. ISSN 1095-6654

Gramsci, counter-hegemony and labour union–civil society organisation coalitions in Malaysia

Miles, Lilian and Croucher, Richard (2013) Gramsci, counter-hegemony and labour union–civil society organisation coalitions in Malaysia. Journal of Contemporary Asia, 43 (3). pp. 413-427. ISSN 0047-2336

Transplanting the Anglo American corporate governance model into Asian countries: prospects and practicality.

Miles, Lilian (2010) Transplanting the Anglo American corporate governance model into Asian countries: prospects and practicality. PhD thesis, Middlesex University.

Chinese migrant worker representation and institutional change: social or centralist corporatism?

Croucher, Richard and Miles, Lilian (2010) Chinese migrant worker representation and institutional change: social or centralist corporatism? Asian Journal of Comparative Law, 5 (1). ISSN 1932-0205

Corporate governance and employees in South Africa.

Croucher, Richard and Miles, Lilian (2010) Corporate governance and employees in South Africa. Journal of corporate law studies, 10 (2). pp. 367-389. ISSN 1473-5970

The prospects for corporate governance operating as a vehicle for social change in South Africa

Miles, Lilian and Jones, Mariette W. (2009) The prospects for corporate governance operating as a vehicle for social change in South Africa. Deakin Law Review, 14 (1). pp. 53-77. ISSN 1321-3660

Shaping the duties of directors: no to stakeholder approach, yes to transparency

Miles, Lilian and Proctor, Giles (2000) Shaping the duties of directors: no to stakeholder approach, yes to transparency. Amicus Curiae , 32 . pp. 18-21. ISSN 1461-2097

Redesigning the role of non executive director: has the consultation document gone far enough?

Miles, Lilian and Proctor, Giles (2000) Redesigning the role of non executive director: has the consultation document gone far enough? Business law review, 21 (6). pp. 143-146. ISSN 0143-6295

Neither use nor ornament: do we really need annual general meetings?

Miles, Lilian and Proctor, Giles (2000) Neither use nor ornament: do we really need annual general meetings? Amicus Curiae , 24 . pp. 21-24. ISSN 1461-2097

Recent developments in corporate governance in New Zealand

Miles, Lilian (2004) Recent developments in corporate governance in New Zealand. Company lawyer, 25 (8). pp. 246-251. ISSN 0144-1027

View more publications in the Research Repository

2012-2013: International Labour Organization ($30,000). Seven months. Part of a team of Middlesex University researchers to report on international literature on HR practices and positive firm-level outcomes in Small and medium-Sized Enterprises 

2014: International Labour Organization ($10,000). Six months. Part of a team of Middlesex University researchers to report on international literature on maternity protection in SMEs and its links to firm productivity and broader societal benefits. 

British Academy, 2007, "Corporate Governance In Western (Anglo American) And Islamic Communities: Prospects For Convergence?" 

Society of Legal Scholars Academic Purposes Fund, 2009, "Accommodating Religion In The Corporate Workplace: A Pilot Study" 

Middlesex University 2011 "Gramsci, Counter-hegemony and Union-CSO Coalitions in Malaysia"