Professor of Corporate Law & Governance, School of Law, Western Sydney University

Professor Michael Adams is an internationally recognised specialist in corporate law, corporate governance, securities markets regulation (insider trading and market manipulation) and legal education (especially e-learning). Michael has been writing, teaching and regularly presenting on all these topics for over 30 years. He was Dean of Law at WSU from 2007 until 2017. He is a Fellow of the Australian College of Educators (FACE), as well as the Australian Academy of Law (FAAL), and is also a Fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia (FCIS/FGIA-Life). Professor Adams is formerly President of the Australasian Law Teachers Association, the Corporate Law Teachers Association and Chartered Secretaries Australia (now Governance Institute). He was formerly the Deputy Chair of the Council of Australian Law Deans (CALD); a director of the Australian Academy of Law, director of Australian Pro Bono Centre. He is a director of the charities, FreedomHub Ltd and John Mac Foundation Ltd.. He is the co-author of ten books and chapters, 50 articles and over 200 conference/seminar presentations. In 2000 he was the recipient of the Australian University Teacher of the year for Law and Legal Studies.


  • 2007–present
    Professor, Western Sydney University
  • 2001–2007
    Professor, University of Technology Sydney


    University College London, LLM
    Lanchester Polytechnic, LLB/BA

Professional Memberships

  • Australian Academy of Law
  • Australian Pro Bono Centre
  • Governance Institute of Australia
  • Institute of Chartered Secretaries & Administrators
  • Australasian Law Teachers Association
  • Australian College of Educators

Research Areas

  • Law (1801)