Private and Commercial Law

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Welcome from the Head of School 

I am thrilled to lead a team of world-class educators and researchers in the dynamic fields of private, commercial, and corporate law. Our faculty comprises leading experts who are significantly shaping the legal landscape in these fields locally and internationally. 

At UNSW, we blend intellectual rigour with innovative teaching. Our students develop a deep understanding of core legal principles while honing transferable skills essential for legal practice, commercial and other professional settings. 

We don't just research and teach the law; we live it. We actively collaborate with private practice, government, business and civil society to effect meaningful change. Together, we tackle the most pressing legal and societal challenges of our time, shape policy decisions and drive innovation in a range of industries.

I look forward to you joining us on this exciting journey.

- Professor Mimi Zou, Head of School

About us

UNSW School of Private and Commercial Law is home to world-leading experts in the areas of law that govern our commercial dealings with and obligations to each other. In our teaching, research and policy-oriented work, we seek to engage critically with local and international laws. We explore contracts and business transactions, property dealings, the conduct of corporations, financial institutions and trade organisations, the steps that need to be taken to avoid causing harm, and how to resolve personal and commercial disputes.   

We’re committed to producing well-rounded, work-ready graduates who have an exceptional understanding of private and commercial law. They have a keen awareness of how these laws operate in practice and how they might be reformed, particularly to address emerging social and technological challenges.  

Our school’s research is diverse, has intellectual depth and aims to make a real-world impact. Through high-quality publications and building on valuable research networks, our academics work on issues in areas as wide-ranging as:  

  • banking and finance  

  • civil procedure  

  • competition law and consumer law  

  • contract law  

  • corporate law and governance  

  • dispute resolution  

  • equity and trusts  

  • intellectual property  

  • international business transactions  

  • international trade law  

  • land and law  

  • personal property law 

  • sports law  

  • succession law  

  • torts. 

Study with us

Our students experience diverse methods of teaching and learning, benefiting from the experience of leading judges, legal practitioners and policy officers.

Our research

Our research shapes the direction of the law and influences the thinking of legal professionals, government officials, policymakers and industry, in Australia and overseas.

Our people

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