Faculty of Law


Susan Watson


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Professor and Deputy Dean

MJur, LLB (Hons)

 

Contact details
Building 803, room 3.21
17 Eden Crescent
Auckland

Phone: +64 9 923 5996
Email: s.watson@auckland.ac.nz

 

Available to students

Open door policy

Areas of Expertise
• Company law
• Professional liability
• Corporate governance

 

Biography

Susan Watson is a Professor in Law, who writes, teaches and consults in the areas of company law, in particular the nature of the company, and directors' duties and liabilities. She has published widely in these areas both locally in publications such as the New Zealand Business Law Quarterly, and the New Zealand Universities Law Review and internationally in publications such as the Law Quarterly Review, Journal of Business Law, the Journal of Corporate Law Studies and the Company Lawyer. She is also an editor and chief contributor to the text The Law of Business Organisations (now in its 5th edition), and an author and editor J Farrar and S Watson (ed) Company and Securities Law in New Zealand (Thomson Reuters) (second edition). Susan is the New Zealand editor for the Journal of Business Law and is the joint editor of the New Zealand Business Law Quarterly. She is a member of Global Women New Zealand and is a visiting Professor at Vanderbilt Law School and Tilburg University.

Within her areas of specialisation, Susan is particularly interested in the legal relationship between shareholders and boards, the role of the board, corporate governance and the liability of company directors and professionals. She is currently part of a research project looking at the relationship between leadership and governance. Her own research is currently focused on the development of internal rules in companies.

Before joining the University, Susan worked as a staff solicitor and associate in two city law firms, and taught part of the Institute of Professional Legal Studies law professionals course. Before joining the Law School she was Professor of Commercial Law in the Business School where she was Head of Department from 2008 to 2011 and Associate Dean Academic Faculty in 2011. She is currently Deputy Dean of the Law School and joint Director of the Research Centre for Business Law.

 

Selected Publications

J Farrar and S Watson (editors), Company and Securities Law in New Zealand (Thomson Reuters, 2nd edition, 2013.

R Thomas and S Watson, Should New Zealand Adopt Say on Pay? Forthcoming New Zealand Business Law Quarterly. A working paper version of this article is available at http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2297620

Huang, C-C, Watson, S and Chen, J, “Assessing the Merits of Partial Privatisation in New Zealand,” in J Farrar and D Mayes, Globalisation, the Global Financial Crisis and the Reinvention of the State Edward Elgar (2013.). A working paper version of this chapter is available on SSRN at http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2228409

PM Vasudev and S Watson (editors) Corporate Governance After the Financial Crisis (Edward Elgar) 2012. A working paper version of Chapter One is available at http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2009076

Jessep, D, Farrar J and Watson S, “Related Party Transactions in New Zealand: An Empirical Study of a Flawed System”(2012) 30 Company and Securities Law Journal 110-142. A working paper version of this article is available at http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2026271

Watson, S, “Gender diversity on boards in New Zealand: Followers Not Leaders, (2012) 27 Australian Journal of Corporate Law 39-45. A working paper version of this Note is available at http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2228405

Giles, C and Watson S, “Evidence of Ownership and Control in the Top NZX non-financial corporations” (2012) 33 The Company Lawyer 115-128. A working paper version of this article is available at http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2042338

Watson, S, “Conceptual Confusion: Organs, Agents and Identity in the English Courts” invited contribution to Singapore Academy of Law special issue on company law (2011) 23 SAcLJ 762-795. A working paper version of this article is available at http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1910999

Farrar, J and Watson, S “Self Dealing, Fair Dealing and Related Party Transactions- History, Policy and Reform ( 2011) Journal of Corporate Law Studies 495-523. A working paper version of this article is available at http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2020075

Watson, S, The Significance of the Source of the Powers of Boards in UK Company Law [2011] Journal of Business Law 597-613. A working paper version of this article is available at http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1695792

Watson S and Hirsch R, Empty Heads, Pure Hearts: The Unintended Consequences of the Criminalisation of Directors’ Duties in New Zealand (2011) 17 NZBLQ 302-328. A working paper version of this article is available at http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1695798

J Farrar and S Watson (editors) Contemporary Issues in Corporate Governance (The Centre for Commercial and Corporate Law Inc, 2011), 472 pages.

Watson S and Noonan C “Defining Directorship,” (2010) Australian Journal of Corporate Law 5-26. A working paper version of this paper is available at http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1695796

Watson, SM and Noonan, CG, “The Widening Gyre of Vicarious Liability” 2009 Torts Law Journal 144-161. A working paper version of this note is available at http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2026269.

Noonan C and Watson S Directorship Through the Lens of De facto Directors [2008] Journal of Business Law 587-626.

C Noonan and S Watson, The Nature of Shadow Directorship: Ad hoc Statutory Intervention or Core Company Law Principle? [2006] Journal of Business Law 763-790.

S Watson and C Nicoll Meridian attribution and Insurance contracts [2007] Law Quarterly Review 531- 536.

C Noonan and S Watson, The Foundations of Corporate Governance in New Zealand: A Post-Contractualist View of the Role of Company Directors (2007) 22 NZULR 649- 681. A working paper version of this article is available at http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1695803




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