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Business law research

Analysing the legal framework that shapes business practice
The Discipline of Business Law produces a wide variety of influential research that is cited by the courts and used extensively by practitioners and tertiary institutions.

Law facilitates and regulates business. Business decision makers act within the shadow of the law, and advisers to business need to understand how law works. As a result, Business Law has a central place within the University of Sydney Business School, and synergies with nearly every research area within the School.

Researchers within the Discipline of Business Law have a wide variety of expertise. Our research is cited by the court in tax judgements and judgements on a variety of commercial matters. Our books and articles on commercial law, corporations law, employment law and taxation law are used extensively by practitioners and tertiary institutions. Our submissions to parliamentary enquiries and law reform bodies make a difference.

We have particular research expertise in:

  • banking and finance (including off shore financial laws)
  • business torts
  • capital markets
  • corporate governance and business ethics
  • corporate insolvency
  • credit
  • electronic commerce and internet law
  • employment and the public sector
  • financial crime and money laundering
  • financial services
  • GST
  • guarantees and indemnities
  • intellectual property
  • international business
  • issues around consumers and marketing
  • personal, entities and consolidated groups
  • personal property
  • retail clients
  • sale of goods
  • taxation administration and compliance
  • taxation policy
  • trade practices

We have links with large accounting firms and top tier law firms. We sit on influential panels and tribunals, such as the Rulings Panel of the Australian Taxation Office, and collaborate with professional and advisory bodies such as:

  • Australian Academy of Forensic Science
  • Australian Tax Research Foundation
  • Copyright Society of Australia
  • Fair Trading Advisory Council
  • Institute of Chartered Accountants of Australia
  • Law Society of New South Wales
  • NSW Society for Computers and the Law
  • Police Federation of Australia
  • Taxation Institute of Australia

Our people

Meet our academics and research students.

Professor Gail Pearson

Professor Andrew Terry

Associate Professor Juliette Overland

Fei Gao
Degree: PhD
Working title: Is enterprise doctrine going to solve transfer pricing problems? – A research of China’s transfer pricing regime
Supervisors: Antony TingDavid A. Chaikin

Head of Discipline

David Chaikin
Academic profile