Akshaya Kamalnath

Dr Akshaya Kamalnath is an Associate Professor at the ANU College of Law. She has previously held academic positions at AUT Law School in Auckland and Deakin Law School in Melbourne. 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. She has also worked in a leading corporate law firm in India. She is the author of The Corporate Diversity Jigsaw, published in 2022 by Cambridge University Press.

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• Akshaya Kamalnath ‘Corporate Insolvency Resolution Law in India – A Proposal to Overcome the “Initiation Problem”’ Forthcoming in (2020) University of Missouri – Kansas City Law Review.

• Akshaya Kamalnath ‘The Perennial Quest for Board Independence – Artificial Intelligence to the Rescue’ Forthcoming in (2020) Albany Law Review.

• Akshaya Kamalnath and Annick Masselot ‘Corporate Board Gender Diversity in the Shadow of the Controlling Shareholder –An Indian Perspective’ (2019) Oxford University Commonwealth Law Journal.

• Akshaya Kamalnath and Nuannuan Lin ‘Crowd Sourced Equity Funding in Australia – A Critical Appraisal’ Forthcoming in (2019) Federal Law Review.

• Akshaya Kamalnath ‘Defining ‘Diversity’ in Corporate Governance – A Global Survey’ (2018) 45 (1) Journal of Legislation (Notre Dame University) 1.

• Akshaya Kamalnath ‘The Corporate Governance Case for Board Gender Diversity – Evidence from Delaware Cases’ (2018-19) 82 (1) Albany law Review 23.

• Akshaya Kamalnath ‘Corporate Diversity 2.0 – Lessons from Silicon Valley’s Missteps’(2018) 20 (1) Oregon Review of International Law 113.

• Akshaya Kamalnath ‘Gender Diversity as the Antidote to ‘Groupthink’ on Corporate Boards’, (2017) 21 Deakin Law Review 67-85

• Akshaya Kamalnath ‘Are Gender Diverse Boards better for Corporate Governance? Evidence from Australian Judicial Decisions’ (2015) 30(1) Australian Journal of Corporate Law 58.

• 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.

• 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.

• 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.

• Akshaya Kamalnath and Yamini Peddada ‘Women in Boardrooms- Formulating a Legal Regime for Corporate India’ (2012) 1 (6) Journal on Governance (published by NLU, Jodhpur).


• Ellie Chapple, Nickolas James, Alex Wong, Richard Baumfield, Richard Copp, Robert Cunningham, Akshaya Kamalnath, Katherine Watson, Paul Harpur, Business and Company Law (Wiley, 2nd ed. 2019).

Opinion pieces and Blogs

• ‘Diversity quotas will only lead to token appointments, doing more harm than good’, The Conversation, 26 February 2020, available at https://theconversation.com/diversity-quotas-will-only-lead-to-token-appointments-doing-moreharm-than-good-132244

• ‘Corporate Purpose and the Dangers of Government-Mandated CSR’, The CLS Blue Sky Blog 20 September 2019, available at http://clsbluesky.law.columbia.edu/2019/09/20/corporate-purpose-and-the-dangers-of-governmentmandated-csr/

• ‘California’s Proposed Quota for Women on Corporate Boards’, Oxford Business Law Blog 24 September 2018, available at https://www.law.ox.ac.uk/business-law-blog/blog/2018/09/californias-proposed-quota-women-corporate-boards

• ‘A Memo to Google – Firing Employees with Conservative Views is Anti-diversity’, The Conversation, August 11, 2017, available at https://theconversation.com/a-memo-to-google-firing-employees-with-conservative-views-is-antidiversity-82318 (Republished in Deakin Newsroom)

• ‘Getting Women on Board’, The Hindu Business Line, May 23, 2014, available at https://www.thehindubusinessline.com/opinion/getting-women-on-board/article22994934.ece

• ‘CSR can restore lost credibility’, The Hindu Business Line, May 1, 2014, available at https://www.thehindubusinessline.com/opinion/csr-can-restore-lost-credibility/article20763336.ece1