Doctoral study in Commercial Law
The MCom, BCom(Hons) in Commercial Law, the MTaxS, MLS and LLM are all pathways to a PhD in Commercial Law.
Why study with us?
- We are a leading education provider in our subject in the Asia-Pacific region
- We are the most innovative university in Australia and New Zealand, ranked 27th in the Reuters Top 75: Asia’s Most Innovative Universities ranking
- Postgraduate Research Student Support (PReSS) funding is available for research expenses
When you undertake your doctorate in Commercial Law at the University of Auckland, you’ll join a high calibre community of internationally-recognised researchers. You’ll have opportunities to publish your research and present it at international conferences. You may also be actively involved in supporting industry and government initiatives.
We welcome research proposals in topics relating to our key research specialisations:
- Governance and financing of business enterprises
- Taxation and regulation
- Intellectual property, innovation and information
- Data privacy law
- Law and artificial intelligence
- Employment law
Our staff focus on producing excellent research that is current, relevant and has an impact on business and the professions.
Auckland Law School supervisors
Francis Dawson: Contract, sale of goods, sale of land.
Craig Elliffe: International taxation, corporate taxation, taxation of trusts and non-corporate entities, tax avoidance,tax reform including capital gains tax.
Rohan Havelock: Equity, unjust enrichment, restitution, contract, insurance.
An Hertogen: International law, international economic law.
Amokura Kawharu: Commercial arbitration (domestic, international), investment arbitration, investment law, free trade agreements.
Michael Littlewood : Tax law and tax policy including international tax (for example, tax treaties), tax avoidance, tax history, political and constitutional aspects of taxation (for example, fiscal responsibility), tax competition, doctrinal analysis.
Chris Noonan: Company law, competition law, economic regulation, international trade and the WTO.
Marcus Roberts: Contract law, company law and tort law.
Paul Sumpter: Intellectual property law.
Warren Swain: English legal history, especially the history of contract law, tort law and unjust enrichment, the history of legal literature, legal biography, English, New Zealand or Australian contract law, and the history of contract law in New Zealand.
Susan Watson: Company law, corporate governance
Peter Watts: Company law, equity, restitution, agency law, trusts, securities.
Business School supervisors
Mark Bowler-Smith: All areas of tax law, including productivity and taxation, sustainability and taxation, resources and taxation, exchange of information and tax transparency, tax law and regulation, and tax theory.
Julie Cassidy: Company law, particularly directors’ duties; taxation, particularly capital gains tax and anti-tax avoidance; and human rights, particularly indigenous land rights and ‘stolen generations’.
Dawn Duncan: Employment law, including employment dispute resolution; mediation and collective bargaining; work health and safety; ACC (injury and illness compensation); hazardous substances; and public health and safety regulation.
Gehan Gunasekara: Franchising law, data privacy law, whistle-blowing/protected disclosures law.
Michael Josling: Insolvency law, company law and legal history.
Benjamin Liu: Law and artificial intelligence, financial markets law, international finance and derivatives.
Chris Nicholl: Marine law, carriage of goods by sea, international sale of goods, insurance, contract law.
Huigenia Ostik: All areas of tax law, with a particular interest in comparative tax law, international tax law and the taxation of trusts.
John Ren: Commercial law, including construction contracts and credit law.
Alex Sims: Intellectual property law, including copyright and trademarks, consumer law including unfair contract terms law, information technology law including smart contracts and the block chain, cryptocurrencies, partnership law and incorporated societies law.
Alan Toy: Employment law, online contracts and data privacy law.
Past research topics
- ‘Strengthening the Settings for Inland Revenue’s Statutory Role as Tax Collector’, supervised by Professor Craig Elliffe and Dr Mark Bowler-Smith
- ‘Reducing Workplace Injuries: The Efficacy of New Zealand’s Occupational Health and Safety Legal Regime’, supervised by Professor Julie Cassidy
- ‘Corporate Political Spending Information Disclosure Regime: Economic Consequences and Future Development’, supervised by Professor Susan Watson and Professor David Mayes
- ‘A Legal Perspective On Incorporated Family Businesses Through The Lens of Corporate Governance and Company Law’, supervised by Professor Susan Watson and Professor John Farra
- ‘Online Shopping: Pearls and Pitfalls for New Zealand Consumers – How to Increase Consumer Protection and Confidence’, supervised by Associate Professor Alexandra Sims and John Ren
- ‘Tax Response to Global Matchmakers’, supervised by Professor Craig Elliffe and Dr Chris Noonan
Scholarships and awards
There are several scholarships you may be eligible for when you decide to pursue your doctoral studies in Commercial Law.
Phone the University
- 923 7186 (within Auckland)
- 0800 61 62 63 (outside Auckland)
- +64 9 373 7513 (overseas)
Email the Business School student adviser
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