Meet our Deputy Dean

Learn more about Susan Watson, Deputy Dean of the Business School.

Professor Susan Watson, Deputy Dean of the Business School

Susan researches and teaches corporate law and corporate governance, with a particular interest in the corporate form, and in her research seeks to understand how the form developed, why it is so successful, and the economic and societal impact of corporations. Her research has been published widely in New Zealand and internationally; she has edited and co-authored treatises and textbooks, five edited collections and numerous articles.

Susan’s work has been cited and discussed by other scholars in the field and by courts at all levels including the UK Supreme Court. From 2007 until 2014, she was joint editor of the New Zealand Business Law Quarterly, and is currently the New Zealand editor for the Journal of Business Law.

In 2016 she won the 2015 Legal Research Foundation Sir Ian Barker Published Article Award for How the Company Became an Entity – A New Understanding of Corporate Law. This award was given for the best article, essay or discrete book chapter published by a New Zealand-based author in 2015. Her most recent book is Corporate Law in New Zealand (Thomson Reuters) jointly edited with Professor Lynne Taylor of Canterbury University. Susan is currently writing The Making of the Modern Company: Entity Primacy in the 21st Century, to be published by Hart Publishing in 2020.

Susan has been a visiting Professor at Vanderbilt University (2008, 2012, 2018) Tilburg University and in 2018 a visiting academic in the Oxford Law Faculty. Before joining the University of Auckland, 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 the end of 2010 and Associate Dean Academic Faculty in 2011. She was Deputy Dean of the Law School from 2014 until the end of 2017.