Message from the Head

Professor Carolyn Sutherland
Professor Carolyn Sutherland
Head of Department

Welcome to the Department of Business Law and Taxation at Monash Business School – the leading business law department in Australia in terms of size and expertise.

We offer a comprehensive research and teaching program with a focus on commercial law and regulation in the Asia-Pacific region. Our Department provides Monash Business School students with the unique opportunity to learn from staff focused specifically on business law. In our doctoral program, we support students to combine traditional legal methods with empirical, socio-legal and interdisciplinary approaches to research. For this reason, we attract high quality PhD students from around the world.

Rigorous research designed to foster debate

We have a strong reputation for publishing in leading Australian and international journals and are actively engaged in policy debate. We are involved in consulting work for Australian regulators, Government agencies, industry bodies and law firms. Our staff regularly advocate for evidence-based changes to laws and regulations through submissions to Parliamentary enquiries, law reform commissions and other public forums. We have influenced changes to law and policy in a wide range of business law areas, including illegal phoenix activity, enterprise bargaining, class actions and natural resources taxation.

International and industry engagement

We are known for engaging in international collaboration and have a strong record for securing external research funding both nationally and overseas.

We also work in conjunction with the business community, accounting and legal professionals, government agencies, social welfare bodies, and international organisations.

Our academics have been seconded to assist government agencies including the Treasury and Australian Taxation Office. We also work with international agencies such as the International Labour Organisation, International Monetary Fund and Asian Development Bank to assist with the development of business and tax laws across the Asia-Pacific region.

Access to justice

Our academics work to uphold the values of human rights and social justice. We have contributed research expertise in policy debates about access to justice, corporate labour rights due diligence, socially responsible public procurement, gender equality, and environmental law.

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