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.

Recent past events


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



  • 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.

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 the Auckland Law School.

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