New Zealand Centre for Law and Business

The NZ Centre for Law and Business is a specialist centre within Auckland Law School.

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

Professor Craig Elliffe

News and Events


  • The New Zealand Centre for Law and Business celebrated the launch of two new books: International Tax at the Crossroads, edited by Craig Elliffe, and Rethinking Unjust Enrichment, edited by Warren Swain and Sagi Peari. International Tax and the Crossroads provides an in-depth assessment of the key issues impacting the taxation of cross-border transactions. Rethinking Unjust Enrichment collects a range of views which question the dominant position of the unjust enrichment movement, accommodating a broad range of voices.
Warren Swain and Craig Elliffe



  • Reimagining Contract Law Pedagogy
  • International Conference of Chinese Tax and Policy


  • Future of Tax
  • Competition Law in New Zealand book launch
  • Taking Corporate Compliance Seriously


  • US Tax Reform with Professor Reuven Avi-Yonah
  • 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 Acquisitions in late February 2017.
  • Does copyright law in New Zealand support innovation, and has it kept up with changes in the internet and other technologies? 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.

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Contact us

Auckland Law School

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

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

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