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Associate Professor Suzanne Le Mire

Telephone +61 8 8313 5172
Position Dean of Law
Fax +61 8 8313 5015
Building Ligertwood Building
Floor/Room 5
Campus North Terrace
Org Unit Law School

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Biography/ Background

After practising at Piper Alderman, Dr Suzanne Le Mire moved to academia, where she is Associate Professor and Associate Dean (Learning and Teaching) at the Adelaide Law School, University of Adelaide.


Suzanne’s research work on corporate law, corporate governance and legal ethics has been published in a number of highly regarded national and international journals. She is regularly invited to speak at a variety of public and professional events. This has included presentations to the Law Society of South Australia, the Australian Corporate Lawyers Association, the Hong Kong Law Society, the Hong Kong Institute of Directors, the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission and others.  She has also been invited to speak to ASIC and the Law Institute of Victoria. She has been a distinguished overseas visitor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and visiting scholar at University College London.

Suzanne is a member of the SA Judicial Development Committee, an editor of the international journal, Legal Ethics, secretary of the Australian Corporate Law Teachers Association, and a member of the International Association of Legal Ethics.  In 2012 Suzanne was awarded a fellowship by the National Institute for the Teaching of Ethics and Professionalism based at Georgia State University in recognition of her teaching activities. In 2015, Suzanne, together with a team from the Law School, was the recipient of the Executive Dean Award for Excellence in Teaching for her activities for first year law students.





PhD, Monash University

BA, University of Adelaide

LLB( Hons), University of Adelaide

GDLP, South Australia Institute of Technology

Barrister and Solicitor Supreme Court of South Australia

Barrister and Solicitor High Court of Australia

Teaching Interests

Corporate Law

Statutory Interpretation

Law and Popular Culture

Legal Ethics.

Research Interests

Suzanne's research interests fall into two main areas:

  1. Corporate law, governance, and ethics;
  2. The legal profession, its regulation, and ethics.

Suzanne would be happy to supervise masters and doctoral students in these areas.   She is currently supervising Heath Evan's doctoral thesis on corporate social responsiblity in small to medium enterprises, Aida Abdul Razak's doctoral work on the regulation of corporate manslaughter and Peter Kassapides, who is looking at court connected mediation in the District Court of South Australia.


Chapters in Edited Books:


2015                            'Champion, Mercenary or Both? Lawyers, ethics and Popular Culture' in Law and Popular Culture (eds Melissa de Zwart, Bernadette Richards and Suzanne Le Mire) (forthcoming, Lexis Nexis, 2015)


                                     'Business Law and Popular Culture' (with Melissa de Zwart) in Law and Popular Culture (eds Melissa de Zwart, Bernadette Richards and Suzanne Le Mire) (forthcoming, Lexis Nexis, 2015)


2014                           ‘Working towards Independence as a “Term of Art”’, in Philippe Coen and Christophe Roquilly (eds) Company Lawyer: Independent by Design, European Corporate Lawyers Association: An ECLA White Paper, (invited contribution) (Paris, LexisNexis, 2014).


2014                           ‘Fortification: Lacing Skills Development with Ethical Content’, in Leon Wolf and Maria Nicolae (eds), in press, The First Year Experience in Law: A New Beginning? (Halstead Press; ISBN: 9781925043075))



2007                           ‘The Case Study: James Hardie and its Implications for the Teaching of Ethics’, in Bronwyn Naylor and Ross Hyams (eds), Innovation in Clinical Legal Education: Educating Lawyers for the Future, (Melbourne, Legal Service Bulletin Cooperative Ltd, 2007) 25-33



Refereed Articles:


2014                                'A Propitious Moment? Workplace Bullying and the Regulation of the Legal Profession' (with Rosemary Owens) (2014) 37(3) University of New South Wales Law Journal 1030


                                         'It's Not Fair!' The Duty of Fairness and the Corporate Regulator' (2014) 36 Sydney Law Review 445


                                        ‘Judicial Conduct: Crafting a System that Enhances Institutional Integrity’ (with Gabrielle Appleby) (2014) 38(1) Melbourne University Law Review 1



2013                            ‘Independence and Independent Company Directors’ (with George Gilligan) (2013) 13(2) Journal of Corporate Law Studies 443


2011                           ‘Testing Times: In-House Counsel and Independence’, under Review, (2011) 14(1) Legal Ethics 163-189



2008                           ‘Keeping it In-house: Ethics in the Relationship between Large Law Firm Lawyers and Corporate Clients through the Eyes of In-house Counsel’ (2008) 11(2) Legal Ethics 201-229 (with Christine Parker)


‘The Ethical Infrastructure of Legal Practice in Larger Law Firms: Values, Policy and Behaviour’, (2008) 31(1) University of New South Wales Law Journal 158-188. (with Parker, Evans, Haller & Mortensen)


‘Playing for Keeps? Tobacco Litigation, Document Retention, Corporate Culture and Legal Ethics’, (2008) 34(1) Monash University Law Review 163-189 (with Dr Matthew Harvey)


2006                                         Non-Executive Directors: Problem or Solution?’, (with Katherine Hall) (2006) 2(3) Monash Business Review 14


‘Document Destruction and Corporate Culture: A Victorian Initiative’, invited paper, Special Edition,(2006) 19(3) Australian Journal of Corporate Law 304



2005                           ‘Striking off: Criminal Lawyers and Disclosure of their Convictions’ (2005) 79 Australian Law Journal 461-468


Other Publications:


2014:                          'Editorial', (2014) Australian Journal of Corporate Law


2013                         Australia: Ethics and Corporate Litigation—Considering Bell Group’ (2013) 16(2) Legal Ethics 370


2012                         ‘As the Dust Settles—Duties of General Counsel: Correspondent’s Report from Australia’  (2012) 15(2) Legal Ethics 392


                                 ‘From Boothby to Murphy, Fallibility has Clouded Judgments on the Bench’, Opinion piece with John Williams and Gabrielle Appleby, The Australian, 10 August 2012


2010                         ‘From Scandal to Scrutiny: Ethical Possibilities in Large Law Firms’ (2008) 11(2) Legal Ethics 131-136 (Special Issue editorial: with Evans and Parker)

Professional Associations

Secretary, Corporate Law Teachers Association.

Editor, Reports, Comments and Notes, Legal Ethics (Hart Journal)

Member, Judicial Development Commitee


Member, Monash Governance Research Group.

Member, Legal Ethics Teachers Network

Member, IAOLE

Expertise for Media Contact

CategoriesLaw, Crime & Justice, Ethics
ExpertiseCorporate law; corporate governance; corporate ethics; legal profession; lawyer regulation; legal ethics
NotesPhD(Monash; LLB(Hons) BA (Adelaide) Member of executive, Corporate Law Teachers Association. Legal member, University of Adelaide human Research Ethics Committee Member, Judicial Development Committee Member, Legal Ethics Teachers Network 2012 Fellow of the National Institute for the Teaching of Ethics and Professionalism (Georgia State University) Barrister and Solicitor

Entry last updated: Thursday, 24 Mar 2016

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