Associate Professor Susan Corbett

Associate Professor
School of Accounting and Commercial Law

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