Professor/Associate Professor - Department of Commercial Law

Auckland, New Zealand
24 Jul 2017
End of advertisement period
18 Aug 2017
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Law
Contract Type
Full Time

The University of Auckland Business School invites applications for a Full Professor or Associate Professor in the Department of Commercial Law.

University and Auckland

The University of Auckland has a student population of 40,000 students and is a founding member of Universitas 21 (a network of major international research universities). It is located in the heart of Auckland, New Zealand's largest city and dominant commercial centre.

Auckland is a city of over 1.4 million people popularly known as the City of Sails. It is a cosmopolitan city with ready access to many recreational pursuits. International travel is easy and convenient with direct international flights to North and South America, Asia and Australia. Europe can be reached readily with one stopover either in Asia or the USA. On every index, Auckland ranks as one of the most attractive cities in the world to live with a very pleasant climate and environment.


Located in the "state of the art", purpose-built Owen G Glenn Building, the Business School is ideally positioned as a national hub for academia, business and government. The Business School reaches well over 12,000 individuals directly each year through its academic programmes, executive development courses, and the courses and programmes it operates with its partner organisations such as the Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Velocity, the Icehouse and the New Zealand Leadership Institute.

The Business School is uniquely placed to be able to influence and assist:

  • a broad range of participants from start-ups, to owner-managers of SME's, to major corporates
  • other faculties within the university and Uniservices (the University's technology transfer office)
  • the establishment of government policy at regional and national levels.

The Business School has eight departments including Commercial Law and is accredited by AACSB International, EQUIS and AMBA. The Business School is the leading business school in New Zealand, with a strong commitment to high quality teaching and research, and well developed networks in New Zealand's business community and in international research networks.

The Department of Commercial Law

The Department of Commercial Law is the leading centre of commercial law and taxation research and teaching in New Zealand, with one of the largest groups of commercial law academics in Australasia. Staff have a wide range of teaching and research interests including the areas of corporate, company, insolvency, contract, finance, intellectual property and innovation, consumer law, blockchain and taxation. Members of the Department are highly-qualified and experienced academics or practitioners who have made important contributions to the discipline by writing books or publishing regularly in top-ranked international journals.

Together with the Faculty of Law, the Department runs the Research Centre for Business Law, which publishes the New Zealand Business Law Quarterly. The Department also hosts the New Zealand Governance Centre, which has links with other similar centers.

Position Overview

The main purpose of this position is to:

  • contribute leadership to the Department's research agenda
  • contribute leadership to the Department
  • contribute leadership to, and promote academic development of, the teaching programmes of the Department at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, and contribute to post-experience teaching in the Faculty
  • support and mentor research and teaching staff
  • teach and supervise students to high standards
  • contribute to increasing the impact and relevance of the Department for business, government and practitioners in the Auckland region and in New Zealand
  • work closely with the Dean, Associate Deans, Heads of Departments and key stakeholders to further the mission of the Business School and the University
  • actively progress individual and collaborative research across the Department, the Faculty, and also across the wider University community as appropriate.

The position is a continuing position and is intended for candidates with leadership and managerial experience, a relevant PhD and an international research portfolio. While all applications will be considered, preference will be given to applicants who are prepared to take on the role of Head of Department in the near future.

The candidate must demonstrate a strong commitment to excellence in research in commercial law and will be able to demonstrate excellence in the teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Evidence of leadership in research, a significant international standing, high quality teaching and supervision at PhD level are required.

  • For more detail regarding the position or preferred applicant, please review the position description on our careers site
  • For further information regarding the Department or the Business School please refer to the website at:
  • For information about the position, please contact Associate Professor Alexandra Sims in the Department of Commercial Law (

How to apply

Candidates should submit their cover letter and CV as one document and demonstrate the following:

  • academic and professional standing
  • leadership and management capability and experience
  • research record and contribution
  • achievement in, and commitment to, high quality innovative teaching and graduate supervision, including teaching evaluations
  • the ability to foster national and international linkages with other academics, the professional community and with industry and government
  • include names of three referees, preferably of international standing in your discipline. Referees will not be contacted without prior approval
  • candidates should be available for interviews in mid- September 2017.

Applications close on Friday, 18 August 2017.

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