New Zealand Centre for Law and Business

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About the Centre

The New Zealand Centre for Law and Business has as its primary aim the goal of facilitating interdisciplinary research connecting law and business, with a strong focus on the interface between the two.

The Centre focuses strongly on maintaining and building links and collaborations with the local legal, accountancy and business community, other research centres in New Zealand and overseas, as well as individual scholars at the University of Auckland and outside whose research falls within the field of law and business.

The New Zealand Centre for Law and Business also seeks to promote teaching and research which falls within the remit of the Centre. This includes both the business law elements of the Master of Laws (LLM) and its associated programme the Master of Legal Studies (MLS). Another important area of law is that studied in the Master of Taxation Studies (MTaxS) programme, which is designed for both law and commerce graduates who intend to make tax advocacy or tax consulting their career and who wish to extend their understanding of the theoretical issues and legal structures that underpin the taxation system.

The Centre also aims to establish and promote publications in the field of law and business.


Our people

The Patron of the New Zealand Centre for Law and Business is Sir Peter Blanchard. The Directors oversees the day-to-day activities of the Centre. The current Directors are Professor Craig Elliffe (Chair), Professor Julie Cassidy and Marcus Roberts. Other members comprise Auckland Law School, Business School academics and honorary members.

Centre Directors

What's coming up

Numerous events are held in Auckland by the Centre including conferences, lectures and seminars. To be notified by email of upcoming events, please contact

Recent past events


US Tax Reform with Professor Reuven Avi-Yonah

What is in the Cards for the US Tax Reform?

Equity Crowdfunding

Reinterpreting Islamic Law on Issues from Women to War

Global Financial Ethics in the Age of Trump

India, China and Turbulence in International Trade Law and Policy

The future of tax: The profession and tax policy


Professor Martin Ruf, professor of International Business Taxation at the Business School of the University of Tuebingen in Germany, presented on Taxation and International Mergers and Acquisitons in late February 2017.

Does copyright law in New Zealand support innovation, and has it kept up with changes in the internet and other technolgies? Our seminar, hosted by InternetNZ and the Department of Commercial Law on 21 February 2017, explored those questions.



Town and Gown Seminar: May 2016

Town and Gown Seminar: August 2016

Major Conference 2016

Australasian Consumer Law Roundtable 2016


An event was held in early September 2016 to mark 30 years of GST in New Zealand.

Emeritus Professor John Carter presented a public lecture titled: The New Law of Penalties; which coincided with the launch of "Carter's Guide to New Zealand Contract Law" on Wednesday 19 October 2016 in Auckland.


The members of the New Zealand Centre for Law and Business have written extensively in the field of law and business. A full list of publications can be found under the individual profiles of Centre members.  


Professor Andrew Stockley

Professor Craig Elliffe
Mr Rob Batty
Dr Mark Bowler-Smith
Professor Julie Cassidy
Ms Nadia Dabee
Mr Francis Dawson
Professor Peter Devonshire
Professor Michael Gedye
Associate Professor David Grinlinton
Associate Professor Gehan Gunasekara
Mr Rohan Havelock
Dr An Hertogen
Mr Michael Josling
Associate Professor Amokura Kawharu
Mr Mark Keating
Ms Nina Khouri
Professor Michael Littlewood
Mr Benjamin Liu
Associate Professor Joanna Manning
Professor Janet McLean
Associate Professor Chris Nicoll
Associate Professor Chris Noonan
Dr Jane Norton
Huigenia Ostik
Mr Marcus Roberts
Dr Arie Rosen
Associate Professor Alexandra Sims
Mr Paul Sumpter
Professor Warren Swain
Mr Alan Toy
Professor Susan Watson
Professor Peter Watts
Mr Gordon Williams

Contact us

For more information, contact the Director, Professor Craig Elliffe, at the Auckland Law School.

Auckland Law School
The University of Auckland
Private Bag 92019
Auckland Mail Centre
Auckland 1142
New Zealand

Craig Elliffe
Email :
Phone: +64 (0) 9 923 8990