Dr Akshaya Kamalnath

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Lecturer (Corporate Law)

Phone: +64 9 921 9999 – ext: 5975

Email: akshaya.kamalnath@aut.ac.nz


  • PhD, Deakin University, Australia
  • LLM (Corporate law), New York University Law School, U.S.A.
  • BA.LLB (Hons), NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad, India

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Akshaya Kamalnath joined AUT Law School in 2019. She has a PhD from Deakin University, LLM from NYU Law and BA.LLB from NALSAR University of Law in India. Her research and teaching areas are corporate law, corporate governance, and corporate insolvency law. Prior to joining AUT, Akshaya worked as a lecturer at Deakin Law School in Australia. She has also worked in a leading corporate law firm in India.

Teaching Areas:

  • Company Law
  • Corporate governance

Research Areas:

  • Corporate law
  • Corporate governance
  • Corporate insolvency


  1. Akshaya Kamalnath “Corporate Insolvency Resolution Law in India – A Proposal to Overcome the ‘Initiation Problem’” (2020) University of Missouri - Kansas City Law Review (Forthcoming).
  2. Akshaya Kamalnath “The Perennial Quest for Board Independence – Artificial Intelligence to the Rescue” (2020) Albany Law Review (Forthcoming).
  3. Akshaya Kamalnath and Annick Masselot “Corporate Board Gender Diversity in the Shadow of the Controlling Shareholder –An Indian Perspective” OUCLJ (Published Online 29 July 2019).
  4. Akshaya Kamalnath and Nuannuan Lin “Crowd Sourced Equity Funding in Australia – A Critical Appraisal” 47(2) (2019) Federal Law Review 288.
  5. Akshaya Kamalnath “Defining ‘Diversity’ in Corporate Governance – A Global Survey” (2018) 45 (1) Journal of Legislation 1.
  6. Akshaya Kamalnath “The Corporate Governance Case for Board Gender Diversity – Evidence from Delaware Cases”(2018-19) 82 (1) Albany law Review 23.
  7. Akshaya Kamalnath “Corporate Diversity 2.0 – Lessons from Silicon Valley’s Missteps” (2018) 20 (1) Oregon Review of International Law 113.
  8. Akshaya Kamalnath “Rethinking Liability and Licensing for Doctors in the Era of AI” (2018) 11(2) Asia Pacific Journal of Health Law & Ethics 33.
  9. Akshaya Kamalnath “Gender Diversity as the Antidote to 'Groupthink' on Corporate Boards”(2017)21 Deakin Law Review 67.
  10. Akshaya Kamalnath “Are Gender Diverse Boards better for Corporate Governance? Evidence from Australian Judicial Decisions” (2015) 30(1) Australian Journal of Corporate Law 58.
  11. Akshaya Kamalnath “The Value of Board Gender Diversity vis-à-vis the Role of the Board in the Modern Company” (2015) 33 Companies & Securities Law Journal 90.
  12. Sandeep Gopalan and Akshaya Kamalnath “Mandatory Corporate Social Responsibility as a Vehicle for Reducing Inequality: An Indian Solution for Piketty and the Millennials” (2015) 10 Northwestern Journal of Law & Social Policy 34.
  13. Akshaya Kamalnath “Corporate Governance Reforms in India – Accommodating Local Culture along with the Drive for Global Convergence”Korean Law Research Institute Journal of Law and Legislation (2013) 3 (3), 137.
  14. Akshaya Kamalnath and Yamini Peddada “Women in Boardrooms- Formulating a Legal Regime for Corporate India” (2012)1 (6) Journal on Governance (published byNLU, Jodhpur).


  • Recipient of the Dr Lucinda Jordan Memorial Research Award for 2019 at Deakin University