George Mason UniversitySchool of Business

Conference on Investor Protection, Corporate Governance, and Fraud Prevention

The Conference on Investor Protection, Corporate Governance, and Fraud Prevention will be held at George Mason University on Friday, May 27, 2016. George Mason University is a short distance from Washington, D.C., and metro access is available.

The conference is sponsored by the Investor Protection and Corporate Fraud Research Center housed in the Accounting Area in the School of Business at George Mason University. The goal of the conference is to bring together scholars working on current issues in the broad area of corporate governance, fraud, and investor protection.

Professor Shivaram Rajgopal from the Columbia University will be the keynote speaker. The conference encourages submissions of archival work on the broad topic of corporate governance, fraud detection, and investor protection. Relevant topics include, but are not limited to, the following list:

  • The role of governance in detecting and preventing fraud
  • The role of accounting in investor protection
  • Understanding, identifying, and measuring good governance
  • The causes and consequences of good governance or lack thereof
  • The impact of corporate governance on international capital flows
  • The governance role of external monitors such as auditors and activist shareholders
  • Business ethics and corporate social responsibility

Download conference agenda.

Format of Presentation: 20 minutes for presenters, 15 minutes for discussants, and 10 minutes for Q&A from conference participants.


Registration for the conference is free but we have limited seating. Please e-mail Ling Lisic (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) if you wish to attend (regardless of whether you have a paper in the program) in order for us to arrange food and parking validations. For additional details, please feel free to contact Ling Lisic (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Travel and Accommodations

Conference Location: George Mason University's Fairfax Campus in Research Hall 163 (#49 on the campus map)

Hotel: Hyatt at Fair Lakes. The Conference rate is $139.00 plus tax, which includes complimentary breakfast, guestroom internet, self-parking, and use of Fitness Center and Indoor Swimming Pool. Please make your reservation through this link by April 28 to take advantage of the conference rate.

Airports: National Reagan Airport (DCA) or Dulles International Airport (IAD).

Metro: Take the Orange Line to Vienna (the last stop), then take the Vienna-Mason Shuttle (view schedule).

Parking: Visitor parking is available in the Shenandoah Parking Deck (#43 on the campus map). Please bring the parking ticket and we will validate it.

About the Accounting Area at the School of Business of George Mason University: The Accounting Area has diverse research and teaching interests. We offer a vibrant, ambitious and collegial research and teaching community. Research is highly valued in the area and at the school. At present, there are 20 full-time faculty members in the area. The Accounting Area faculty has published in many of the premiere accounting journals including Accounting, Organizations and Society, Contemporary Accounting Research, The Accounting Review, The Journal of Accounting and Economics, The Journal of Accounting Research, and The Review of Accounting Studies, as well as other top business journals.