Professor receives Research Excellence Award

13 May 2016
Peter Watts

Auckland Law School's Professor Peter Watts has received a prestigious 2016 University of Auckland Research Excellence Award.

The Awards recognise individual projects or programmes, which are exceptional research achievements, and which have been published in the last five years.

A Queen’s Counsel and Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand, Professor Watts is a leading international expert in agency law. He is editor of the pre-eminent Commonwealth text on the subject, Bowstead and Reynolds on Agency, and the first editor from outside England in 120 years.

Research Excellence Awards are contestable across the University, with the successful nominees receiving a medal recognising their achievement and a monetary prize of $5,000. Four awards were made across the University for 2016.

Professor Watts, who is a leading legal academic, has been cited in the judgments of most senior Commonwealth Courts, including those of Australia, Hong Kong, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom.

His influence extends to the United Kingdom’s Supreme Court which recently reversed over one hundred years of reasoning by relying explicitly on Professor Watts’ arguments, with two of the judges describing them as “characteristically lucid”.

Professor Watts is currently a Leverhulme Visiting Professor at the University of Oxford.