Associate Professor Susan Corbett

Teaching in 2020


Susan Corbett's main areas of research are intellectual property law and Internet law including, particularly, online privacy and digital copyright. Susan is a founder member and President of the Asian Pacific Copyright Association (APCA).  Susan was admitted as a Solicitor in England and Wales and is also admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor in New Zealand. She is an Associate member of the Arbitrators and Mediators’ Institute of New Zealand (AMINZ), a member of InternetNZ and a member of the Advancement of Teaching and Research in Intellectual Property (ATRIP).

Research interests

Internet Law, Copyright Law, Intellectual Property and Innovation.

Selection of publications

S Corbett, “Archives, Museums and Copyright Law: Reconciling the Traditional with Contemporary Practices” (2019) 50(4) Victoria University of Wellington Law Review 587-607.

S Corbett, “Computer Game Licences: the EULA and its Discontents” (2019) Computer Law & Security Review: The International Journal of Technology Law and Practice 453-461.

S Corbett, "Modern cultural property and the private owner: How copyright and trade law might address access & preservation" (2019) 9(3) Queen Mary Journal of Intellectual Property 262-281.

S Corbett, “Re-conceptualising the country code top level domain name as a sui generis intellectual property right” in Is Intellectual Property Pluralism Functional? S Frankel (ed) (2019, Edward Elgar) 153-177.

S Corbett, “Licensing of International Intellectual Property” in Petra Butler (ed) International Commercial Contracts : Law and Practice (2020, Oxford University Press) forthcoming.

S Corbett and J C Lai, (eds) Making Copyright Work for the Asian Pacific? Juxtaposing Harmonisation with Flexibility (2018, ANU Press).

S Corbett "The Misuse of Free Trade Agreements with the United States to Strengthen Regulation of Technological Protection Measures in Asian Pacific Copyright Laws" in Corbett S and Lai J C, (eds) Making Copyright Work for the Asian Pacific? Juxtaposing Harmonisation with Flexibiity (2018, ANU Press) 133-160.

Johnson M, Wright R and Corbett S “Harmony and Counterpoint: Dancing with Fair Use in New Zealand and Australia” in Corbett S and Lai J C, (eds) Making Copyright Work for the Asian Pacific? Juxtaposing Harmonisation with Flexibility (2018, ANU Press) 163-196.

S Corbett "Governance systems for Access to and Use of Indigenous Knowledge and Culture: a New Zealand Perspective" in Indigenous Knowledge Forum series, N Stoianoff (ed) I2017, LexisNexis) under review (Available at SSRN:

S Corbett and A Sims “Sui generis protection for sporting emblems and words: A triumph of pragmatism over principle” in The Internet and the Emerging Importance of New Forms of Intellectual Property S Frankel and D Gervais (eds) (2016, Kluwer Law International).

S Corbett “Digital v Analogue: Reconceptualising the Orphan Works Problem for Cultural Heritage Institutions” in Intellectual Property and Access to Im/material Goods J Lai and A Maget (Eds) (2016, Edward Elgar) pp 289-314.

S Corbett “Videogames and their clones –how copyright law might address the problem” 32 (2016) Computer Law & Security Review: The International Journal of Technology Law and Practice, pp 615-622.

S Corbett “Top Level Country Code Domain Names: Is it Time to Revisit the Open Governance Model?” (2016) 22 NZBLQ (31-45).

S Corbett "Search engines and the automated process: Is a search engine provider “a publisher” of defamatory material?"(2014) 20 NZBLQ, 200-216.

Corbett S, “Out of Time? Copyright Law and the Australasian Judiciary in the Digital Age” in S Frankel and D Gervais (eds) Evolution and Equilibrium: Copyright for the 21st Century (2014, Cambridge University Press), 161-179.

Corbett S and Sims A, E-Commerce and the Law (2014, Thomson Reuters New Zealand Ltd).

Rajaretnam T and Corbett S, “Google Adwords, Keywords and Trade Marks: A comparative study of the law” in S Kierkegaard (ed) Information Ethics and Security: Future of International World Time (2014, International Association of IT Lawyers), 144-157.

S Corbett, “The Case for Joint Ownership of Copyright in Photographs of Identifiable Individuals”, (2013) 18 Media and Arts Law Review, 330-349.

S Corbett, “The Retention of Personal Information Online: A call for international regulation of privacy law”, (2013) 29 Computer Law and Security Review: The International Journal of Technology Law and Practice, 246-254, also available here

S Corbett, Copyright Norms and Flexibilities and the Digitisation Practices of New Zealand Museums”, (2013) 29(1) Law in Context, 55-73.

S Corbett, “Māori Cultural Heritage and Copyright Law: A Balancing Exercise” (2012) Vol 6, Pt 9 New Zealand Intellectual Property Journal, pp 916-921

S Corbett, “The Digital Museum and Copyright Law: Can there be Reconciliation?” (2012) Vol 6, Pt 8 New Zealand Intellectual Property Journal, 882-888

S Corbett and M Boddington, ‘Copyright Law and the Digitisation of Cultural Heritage’, (September 2011) Centre for Accounting, Governance & Taxation Research, Working Paper Series, WP No 77.

Corbett S “Creative Commons Licences, the Copyright Regime and the Online Community: is there a fatal disconnect?” (2011) 74 (4) The Modern Law Review, 503 -531.

Corbett, S “Mediation of Intellectual Property Disputes: A Critical Analysis” (2011) 17 New Zealand Business Law Quarterly, 51-67.

Corbett S “Archiving our culture in a digital environment: copyright law and digitisation practices in cultural heritage institutions” December 2011, New Zealand Law Foundation Report, Wellington, 48 pages.

Corbett, S “Regulation for Cultural Heritage Orphans: Time Does Matter” (2010) 2 (1) The WIPO Journal: Analysis and Debate of Intellectual Property Issues, 180-196 Available here

Corbett, S and Van Roy, Y “Events Management in New Zealand: One Law to Rule them All?” (2010) 4 Journal of Business Law 338-362.

Corbett S “Orphan Works” New Zealand Law Journal, April (2010), 88-90.

Starkey, L., Corbett, S, Bondy, A., & Davison, S. “Intellectual property: What do teachers and students know?” International Journal of Technology and Design Education. Vol.20, Issue 3 (2010), 333. Also available on SpringerLink

"Sunlec International v Electropar: Copyright in a slogan: Literature for Marketers?" (2009) 15 New Zealand Business Law Quarterly 227-235.

"Creative Commons Licences: A Symptom or a Cause?" Centre for Accounting Governance and Taxation Research Working Paper Series, WP 67, 2009 pp. 1- 23.

"What if Object Code had been Excluded from Protection as a Literary Work in Copyright Law? A New Zealand Perspective" Michigan State Law Review, (Spring 2008) Issue 1, pp. 173- 197.

"Digital Heritage: Legal Barriers to Conserving New Zealands Early Video Games", New Zealand Business Law Quarterly, 13, 5 (2007) pp 47-69.

"Educating the Community about Intellectual Property - a Lesson for New Zealand" New Zealand Intellectual Property Journal, Vol 4 Pt 6, 2005, 128-134.

"The database as a business asset: The anomalous position of the database in New Zealand copyright law and implications for knowledge management" International Journal of Knowledge, Culture and Change Management, Vol 3, 2003.

Teaching in 2020