Professor Ross Grantham

Professor - Commercial Law

School of Law
Faculty of Business, Economics and Law
+61 7 334 69776


Professor Ross Grantham's principal teaching and research interests are in the legal issues arising from the management and governance of companies and in the law of restitution. He has published widely in the area of the duties of directors and officers of companies, as well as on matters dealing with the nature and basis of corporate action and corporate personality. He has also published a number of papers in leading journals dealing with developments in the law of restitution, particularly the interface between restitution and the law of property.

Professor Grantham is the author of a number of monographs and casebooks, and he has edited a number of collections of essays. Professor Grantham is a member of the editorial board of The Company Lawyer and the Journal of Corporate Law Studies.

Professor Grantham holds the degrees of Bachelor of Civil Law from Oxford University, where he was at Lincoln College, and Master of Laws (Honours) from Auckland University.

Research Interests

  • Corporate governance
  • Commercial law
  • Private law theory
  • Law of Obligations
  • Regulation Theory


  • Certificate IV - Training and Assessment
  • Doctor of Laws, The University of Queensland
  • Master of Laws (Hons), The University of Auckland
  • Bachelor of Laws, The University of Auckland
  • Bachelor of Civil Law, Oxf.


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  • Doctor Philosophy

  • (2014) Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

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Book Chapter

  • Grantham, Ross (2017). The privatisation of Australian corporate law. In Ron Levy, Molly O’Brien, Simon Rice, Pauline Ridge and Margaret Thornton (Ed.), New directions for law in Australia essays in contemporary law reform (pp. 27-35) Acton, ACT Australia: ANU Press. doi:10.22459/NDLA.09.2017

  • Fairweather, Karen, O’Shea, Paul and Grantham, Ross (2016). Consumer law: paternalism, fragmentation, and centralised enforcement. In Karen Fairweather, Paul O'Shea and Ross Grantham (Ed.), Credit, consumers and the law: after the global storm (pp. 3-16) London, United Kingdom: Routledge.

  • Grantham, Ross B. (2016). The legitimacy of the company as a source of (private) power. In Kit Barker, Simone Degeling, Karen Fairweather and Ross B. Grantham (Ed.), Private law and power (pp. 239-263) Oxford: Hart Publishing.

  • Grantham, Ross (2015). Company Law. In Russell, Mary-Rose and Barber, Matthew (Ed.), The Supreme Court of New Zealand 2004-2013 1st ed. (pp. 93-114) Wellington, New Zealand: Thomson Reuters.

  • Grantham, Ross B. (2014). New Zealand. In Robin Booth (Ed.), Anti Money Laundering Guide (pp. 85101-85111) London, United Kingdom: Sweet & Maxwell.

  • Grantham, Ross B. and Rickett, Charles E. F. (2008). Unjust Enrichment - Reason, Place and Content. In Charles Rickett and Ross Grantham (Ed.), Structure and Justification in Private Law: Essays for Peter Birks 1st ed. (pp. 5-18) Oxford United Kingdom: Hart Publishing.

  • Grantham, Ross (2005). The Equitable Basis of the Law of Restitution. In Simone Degeling and James Edelman (Ed.), Equity in Commercial Law (pp. 349-381) Sydney: Thomson Lawbook Company.

  • Grantham, R. and Rickett, C. E. F. (2003). Proprietary Remedies. In Rt Hon Justice Peter Blanchard (Ed.), Civil Remedies in New Zealand 1 ed. (pp. 410-447) Wellington, NZ: Thomson Brookers.

  • Grantham, R. and Rickett, C. E. F. (2003). Restitutionary remedies. In Rt Hon Justice Peter Blanchard (Ed.), Civil Remedies in New Zealand 1 ed. (pp. 364-367) NZ: Thomson Brookers.

  • Grantham, Ross B. (2002). The Doctrinal Basis of the Rights of Company Shareholders. In Company Law Writings: A New Zealand Collection (pp. 113-144) Christchurch: Canterbury University Press.

  • Grantham, Ross B. (2000). Restitution and Insolvent Companies: Honing in on Shareholders. In Rose (Ed.), Restitution and Insolvency 1st ed. (pp. 220-237) London: LLP.

  • Grantham, Ross B. and C Rickett (2000). Resulting Trusts - A rather Limited Doctrine. In Rose; Birks (Ed.), Restitution and Equity: Resulting Trusts and Equitable Compensation 1st ed. (pp. 39-61) London: LLP.

  • Grantham, Ross B. and C Rickett (1999). Property: The challenge from Restitution. In Jackson; Wilde (Ed.), Contemporary Property Law 1st ed. (pp. 3-25) Aldershot: Ashgate Dartmouth.

  • Grantham, Ross B. (1999). The Civil Law: Liability for Money Laundering; Money Laundering in New Zealand. In Rider; Nakajima (Ed.), CCH Anti Money Laundering Guide 1st ed. (pp. 85-95) London: CCH.

  • Grantham, Ross B. (1998). Commentary on Goddard. In R Grantham; C Rickett (Ed.), Corporate Personality in the 20th Century 1st ed. (pp. 65-71) Oxford: Hart Publishing.

  • Grantham, Ross B. and C Rickett (1998). The Bootmaker's Legacy to Company Law Doctrine. In R Grantham; C Rickett (Ed.), Corporate Personality in the 20th Century 1st ed. (pp. 1-11) Oxford: Hart Publishing.

  • Grantham, Ross B. (1996). The Impact of Equitable Doctrines on Priorities. In C Rickett (Ed.), Essays on Corporate Restructuring and Insolvency 1st ed. (pp. 248-262) Wellington: Brooker's.

Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Grantham, Ross B. (2016). The Privatisation of Australian Corporate Law. In: Australian National Law Reform Conference, Australian National University, Canberra, (). 14-15 April 2016.

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

    Other advisors:

Completed Supervision