Emeritus Professor Stephen Bottomley

BA LLB (Hons) (Macq.), LLM (UNSW)
Emeritus Professor, ANU College of Law
ANU College of Law
T: 6125 4125

Areas of expertise

  • Corporations And Associations Law 180109
  • Law And Society 180119
  • Legal Theory, Jurisprudence And Legal Interpretation 180122

Research interests

Corporate governance; government business enterprises; law and regulation; legislative process.


Stephen Bottomley is Professor of Commercial Law and former Dean (2013-2017) at the ANU College of Law at the Australian National University. He joined the Law School in 1988. His main area of research interest is corporate governance. He has taught postgraduate and undergraduate courses in corporate and takeovers law, and corporate governance.

His book The Constitutional Corporation: Rethinking Corporate Governance (2007, Ashgate Publishing, UK) was awarded the 2008 Hart Socio-Legal Book Prize by the UK Socio-Legal Association for the most outstanding piece of socio-legal scholarship. He is the co-author of Law in Context (Federation Press), now in its 4th edition.

Researcher's projects

Current projects:

Shareholder Responsibility - a doctrinal and jurisprudential analysis of the proposition that shareholders should be treated as 'responsible agents' in corporate governance arrangements.



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