Suzanne Le Mire

Professor Suzanne Le Mire

Professor

Pro Vice-Chancellor (Student Learning)

Division of Academic and Student Engagement

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.


After practising at Piper Alderman, Dr Suzanne Le Mire moved to academia, where she is Professor of Law and the Deputy Executive Dean of the Faculty of the Professions.

Suzanne’s research work on corporate law, corporate governance and legal ethics has been published in a number of highly regarded national and international journals. She is regularly invited to speak at a variety of public and professional events. This has included presentations to the Law Society of South Australia, the Australian Corporate Lawyers Association, the Hong Kong Law Society, the Hong Kong Institute of Directors, the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission and others. She has also been invited to speak to ASIC and the Law Institute of Victoria. She has been a distinguished overseas visitor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and visiting scholar at University College London.

Suzanne has held roles as Associate Dean (Learning and Teaching) and Dean of Law at the Adelaide Law School, University of Adelaide. She is a member of the SA Judicial Development Committee, an editor of the international journal, Legal Ethics, secretary of the Australian Corporate Law Teachers Association, and a member of the International Association of Legal Ethics. In 2012 Suzanne was awarded a fellowship by the National Institute for the Teaching of Ethics and Professionalism based at Georgia State University in recognition of her teaching activities. In 2015, Suzanne, together with a team from the Law School, was the recipient of the Executive Dean Award for Excellence in Teaching for her activities for first year law students.

Research interests fall into two main areas:

  1. Corporate law, governance, and ethics;
  2. The legal profession and judiciary, their regulation, and ethics.

Suzanne would be happy to supervise masters and doctoral students in these areas.   She is currently supervising Peter Kupniewski's doctoral work on the regulation of corporate takeovers and Peter Kassapides, who is looking at court connected mediation in the District Court of South Australia.

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  • Journals

    Year Citation
    2019 Appleby, G., Le Mire, S. M., Lynch, A., & Opeskin, B. (2019). Contemporary Challenges Facing the Australian Judiciary: An Empirical Interruption. Melbourne University Law Review, 42(2), 299-369.
    Scopus1 WoS5
    2019 Donald, M., & Le Mire, S. (2019). Independence in practice: Superannuation fund governance through the eyes of fund directors. University of New South Wales law journal, 42(1), 300-334.
    2019 Appleby, G., & Le Mire, S. (2019). Ethical Infrastructure for a Modern Judiciary. Federal Law Review, 47(3), 335-357.
    DOI Scopus2
    2019 Howe, J. M., & Le Mire, S. (2019). Medical Referral for Abortion and Freedom of Conscience in Australian Law. Journal of Law and Religion, 34(1), 85-112.
    DOI Scopus2
    2018 Donald, M. S., & Le Mire, S. (2018). Drawing the ruler over board performance assessments. Australian Superannuation Law Bulletin, 30(3), 35-37.
    2018 Le Mire, S. M. (2018). Lawyer independence under the spotlight in Australia. Legal Ethics, 21(1), 93-95.
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    2018 Richards, B., de Zwart, M., Reilly, A., Le Mire, S., & Webster, A. (2018). Enhancing the First Year Curriculum and Experience: Law School 'Boot Camp'. Legal Education Review, 28.
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    2017 Le Mire, S. M. (2017). Book Review: Limited Liability: A Legal and Economic Analysis by Steohen M Bainbridge and M Todd Henderson. Australian Journal of Corporate Law, 32.
    2017 Le Mire, S. M. (2017). Book Review Limited Liability: A Legal and Economic Analysis by Stephen M. Bainbridge;M. Todd Henderson IN Australian Journal of Corporate Law (2017) Vol 32:1. U. of Adelaide Law Research Paper, (2019).
    2017 Parker, C., Le Mire, S., & Mackay, A. (2017). Lawyers, confidentiality and whistleblowing: lessons from the McCabe tobacco litigation. Melbourne University Law Review, 40(3), 999-1056.
    2016 Donald, M., & Le Mire, S. (2016). Independence and the governance of Australian superannuation funds. Australian Journal of Corporate Law, 31(1), 80-106.
    2016 Donald, M. S., & Le Mire, S. M. (2016). Independence in Practice: Superannuation Fund Governance Through the Eyes of Fund Directors. CIFR Paper, (101), 1-34.
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    2016 Le Mire, S. (2016). Independent directors: partnering expertise with independence. Journal of Corporate Law Studies, 16(1), 1-37.
    DOI Scopus3
    2016 Le Mire, S. (2016). A temporary ‘fix’ for a permanent problem: the appointment of auxiliary judges in South Australia’. Legal Ethics, (1), 1-3.
    2016 Le Mire, S., Economides, K., & Lacey, W. (2016). From the Law Deans. Law Society Bulletin, 38(11), 10-13.
    2016 Le Mire, S. (2016). A temporary ‘fix’ for a permanent problem: The appointment of auxiliary judges in South Australia. Legal Ethics, 19(1), 160-162.
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    2015 Appleby, G., & Le Mire, S. M. (2015). South Australia Tackles Judicial Complaints. Law Society Bulletin, 37(3), 30-32.
    2015 Le Mire, S. (2015). Addressing bullying in the Australian legal profession. Legal Ethics, 18(1), 69-72.
    DOI Scopus1
    2014 Le Mire, S. (2014). 'It's not fair!': the duty of fairness and the corporate regulator. The Sydney Law Review, 36(3), 445-470.
    2014 Appleby, G., & Le Mire, S. (2014). Judicial conduct: crafting a system that enhances institutional integrity. Melbourne University Law Review, 38(1), 1-67.
    Scopus7 WoS7
    2014 Le Mire, S., & Owens, R. (2014). A propitious moment? Workplace bullying and regulation of the legal profession. University of New South Wales Law Journal, 37(3), 1030-1061.
    2014 Le Mire, S. M., & Symes, C. (2014). Special Edition Editorial. Australian Journal of Corporate Law, 29, 113-114.
    2014 Le Mire, S. M., & Appleby, G. (2014). A spotlight on judicial regulation in Australia. Legal Ethics, 17(2), 299-302.
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    2014 Toole, K. L., & Le Mire, S. (2014). From failure to hope: Lawyer regulation in South Australia. Alternative Law Journal, 39(1).
    2013 Le Mire, S., & Gilligan, G. (2013). Independence and independent company directors. The Journal of Corporate Law Studies, 13(2), 443-475.
    DOI Scopus12
    2013 Le Mire, S. (2013). Australia: Ethics and corporate litigation-considering bell group. Legal Ethics, 16(2), 370-372.
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    2012 Le Mire, S. (2012). As the dust settles-duties of general counsel: Correspondent’s Report from Australia. Legal Ethics, 15(2), 392-394.
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    2012 Le Mire, S. (2012). As the Dust Settles - Duties of General Counsel. Legal Ethics, 15(2), 392-394.
    2011 Le Mire, S. (2011). Testing times: in-house counsel and independence. Legal Ethics, 14(1), 21-47.
    DOI Scopus5
    2008 Harvey, M., & Le Mire, S. (2008). Playing for keeps? Tobacco litigation, document retention, corporate culture and legal ethics. Monash University Law Review, 34(1), 163-189.
    2008 Le Mire, S., & Parker, C. (2008). Keeping it in-house: Ethics in the relationship between large law firm lawyers and their corporate clients through the eyes of in-house counsel. Legal Ethics, 11(2), 201-229.
    DOI Scopus4
    2008 Parker, C., Evans, A., Haller, L., Le Mire, S., & Mortensen, R. (2008). The Ethical Infrastructure of Legal Practice in Larger Law Firms: Values, Policy and Behaviour. The University of New South Wales Law Journal, 31(1), 158-188.
    2008 Le Mire, S., Evans, A., & Parker, C. (2008). From scandal to scrutiny: Ethical possibilities in large law firms. Legal Ethics, 11(2), 131-136.
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    2006 Le Mire, S. (2006). Document destruction and corporate culture: a Victorian initiative. Australian Journal of Corporate Law, 19(3), 304-315.
    2006 Hall, K., & Le Mire, S. M. (2006). A Company ID: Independent Directors and the Power Groups that Try to Influence Them. Monash Business Review, 2(3), 14-16.
    2006 Hall, K., & Le Mire, S. (2006). A Company ID: Corporate Governance. Monash Business Review, 2(3), 14-16.
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    2005 Le Mire, S. (2005). Striking off: Criminal lawyers and disclosure of their convictions. Australian Law Journal, 79(10), 641-648.
  • Books

    Year Citation
    2015 de Zwart, M., Richards, B., & Le Mire, S. (Eds.) (2015). Law and Popular Culture in Australia. LexisNexis Butterworths.
  • Book Chapters

    Year Citation
    2018 Le Mire, S. (2018). Business Ethics and Corporate Governance. In J. du Plessis, A. Hargovan, & J. Harris (Eds.), Principles of Contemporary Corporate Governance (4th ed., pp. 418-451). Cambridge; United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press.
    2018 Le Mire, S. (2018). Australia’s Legislatures and Its Courts: The Gender Identity Interpretive Challenge. In C. Hunt, L. Neudorf, & M. Rankin (Eds.), Legislating Statutory Interpretation: Perspectives from the Common Law World (pp. 55-74). Canada: Thomson Reuters Carswell.
    2017 Le Mire, S., & Parker, C. (2017). Lawyers as Whistleblowers: The Need for A Gatekeeper of Justice Whistleblowing Obligation/Exception. In R. Levy, M. O'Brien, S. Rice, P. Ridge, & M. Thornton (Eds.), New Directions in Law Reform for Australia (pp. 103-115). A.C.T., Australia: ANU Press.
    2016 Le Mire, S., & Appleby, G. (2016). The Australian judiciary: resistant to reform?. In R. Devlin, & A. Dodek (Eds.), Regulating Judges: Beyond Independence and Accountability (pp. 35-54). Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing.
    DOI Scopus4
    2015 de Zwart, M., Richards, B., & Le Mire, S. (2015). Introduction. In M. de Zwart, B. Richards, & S. Le Mire (Eds.), Law and Popular Culture in Australia (pp. ix-xiii). Chatswood, NSW: LexisNexis Butterworths.
    2015 Le Mire, S. (2015). Champion, mercenary or both? Lawyers and ethics. In M. de Zwart, B. RIchards, & S. Le Mire (Eds.), Law and Popular Culture in Australia (pp. 3-16). Chatswood, NSW: LexisNexis Butterworths.
    2015 Le Mire, S., & de Zwart, M. (2015). Business law and popular culture. In M. de Zwart, B. Richards, & S. Le Mire (Eds.), Law and Popular Culture in Australia (pp. 131-142). Chatswood, NSW: LexisNexis Butterworths.
    2014 Le Mire, S. (2014). Working Towards Independence as a 'Term of Art'. In P. Coen, & C. Roquilly (Eds.), Company Lawyers: Independent by Design (1 ed., pp. 65-74). LexisNexis Butterworths.
    2014 Le Mire, S. (2014). Fortification: Lacing skills development with ethical content. In L. Wolff, & M. Nicolae (Eds.), The First-year Law Experience: A New Beginning (1 ed., pp. 59-70). Ultimo, NSW: Halstead Press.
    2007 Le Mire, S. (2007). The James Hardie case and its implications for the teaching of ethics. In B. Naylor, & R. Hyams (Eds.), Innovation in clinical legal education : educating lawyers for the future (pp. 25-33). Clayton, Victoria: Legal Service Bulletin Cooperative Ltd.
  • Report for External Bodies

    Year Citation
    2021 Neudorf, L., Olijnyk, A., & Le Mire, S. (2021). Judicial Bias Inquiry.
    2017 Le Mire, S. M., Appleby, G., Lynch, A., & Opeskin, B. (2017). Temporary Judicial Officers in Australia.
  • Working Paper

    Year Citation
    2016 Le Mire, S., & Donald, M. (2016). Independence and the governance of Australian superannuation funds.
    2012 Le Mire, S. M., & Gilligan, G. (2012). Developing a More Complete Understanding of the Independence of Corporate Directors.
    2008 Le Mire, S., & Parker, C. (2008). 'The Client is King': Ethics in the Relationship between Large Law Firm Lawyers and their Corporate Clients through the Eyes of In-House Counsel.
  • Internet Publications

    Year Citation
    Toole, K. L., & Le Mire, S. (n.d.). Parliament Responds to McGee case on 10 Year Anniversary.
  • Judicial Regulation
  • Corporate Law
  • Statutory Interpretation
  • Law and Popular Culture
  • Legal Ethics
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  • Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2021 Co-Supervisor Protecting Public Health against Harm from Medical Device Adverse Events Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Ms Aminath Ali Mariya
    2018 Co-Supervisor Freedom of Religion or Belief and The Creation of Constitutional Space for Fundamental Rights: Australia Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Prof Neville Grant Rochow
    2014 Principal Supervisor A Comparative Study Regarding Attitudes to Court-connected Mediation - Perspectives from the Bar, the Bench and the Mediation Table Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Mr Peter George Kassapidis
  • Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2014 - 2018 Co-Supervisor Corporate Manslaughter and the Attempt to Reduce Work-Related Deaths: A Comparative Study of the United Kingdom, Australia and Malaysia's Legislative Framework Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mrs Aida Abdul Razak
    2013 - 2014 Co-Supervisor Predicting Firm Sustainability Through Governance: The Relational Corporate Governance Approach Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Dr Francesco de Zwart
    2012 - 2017 Co-Supervisor Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR): Tailoring Regulation and Government Policy to the Needs of Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Heath William Evans
  • Position: Professor
  • Phone: 83130102
  • Email: suzanne.lemire@adelaide.edu.au
  • Fax: 8313 4344
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Ligertwood, floor 3
  • Room: 3 26
  • Org Unit: Adelaide Law School

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