Associate Professor Gehan Nilendra Gunasekara

LLM (Hons), LLB, BA

Biography

Gehan Gunasekara specialises in the areas of franchising law and information privacy law. He has published widely in these areas both locally and overseas. He is currently researching the development and application of cross-border privacy rules for companies and the issues that arise when personal information is transferred from one country to another. He has also researched privacy issues connected with applications such as online social networking and the Internet.

Gehan is a regular commentator and contributor to debate in national media on privacy issues and was a member of the academic reference committee for the Review of the Privacy Act by the Law Commission. He has led research in New Zealand on legal issues affecting franchising and especially the incidence and areas of franchise litigation in New Zealand. Gehan is co-writing Franchising Law: A Guide to the Regulation of Franchise Relationships in Australia and New Zealand to be published by Thomson Reuters.

Research | Current

Gehan has two main areas of research:

  • Management of information, especially personal data and the challenges to privacy laws in this arena from the pressures of globalisation.
  • The law surrounding business format franchising.

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

Journal Articles

2013      GUNASEKARA, G. ‘Paddling in Unison or Just Paddling? International Trends in Reforming Information Privacy Law’ International Journal of Law and Information Technology, doi:10.1093/ijlit/eat013

2013      GUNASEKARA, G. ‘Privacy as a Stakeholder Interest in New Zealand: Transparency in Corporate Governance Practices’ New Zealand Business Law Quarterly, Volume 19, 271-293.

2012      GUNASEKARA, G.N. ‘Judges and the media’ New Zealand Law Journal [2012] 4-5.

2011      GUNASEKARA, G. & TOY, A. ‘Principles or Rules: The Place of Information privacy Law’ New Zealand Universities Law Review, Volume 24, 526-549.

2011      VETTORETTI, M. & GUNASEKARA, G. ‘Ministerial Free Speech and the Privacy Act’ New Zealand Business Law Quarterly Volume 17, 284-301.

2011      GUNASEKARA, G, & VAN KLINK, A. ‘Out of the Blue? Is Litigation Under the Privacy Act 1993 Addressed Only at Privacy Grievances?’ Canterbury Law Review Volume 17, 229-250.

2010      GUNASEKARA, G.N. & LEE, T. ‘Reviewing the Review’ Franchise New Zealand, Volume 19, Issue 03, (2010) 79-81.

2010      GUNASEKARA, G. & DABEE, N. ‘Franchising and Misleading or Deceptive Conduct: An Analysis of Litigation’ New Zealand Business Law Quarterly, Volume 16, 68-93.

2010      SIMS, A. & GUNASEKARA, G. ‘Privacy and the Spam Act in Online Competitions’ University of Auckland Business Review, Volume 12, 1-7.

2009      FUSSEY, L. & GUNASEKARA, G. ‘Rounding Square Holes for Round Pegs: Better Accommodating Franchising Within the Current Regulatory Framework’ The Canterbury Law Review, Volume 15, 295-316.

2008      GUNASEKARA, G.N. ‘Privacy rights for companies?’ New Zealand Law Journal [2008] 30-32.

2008      GUNASEKARA, G. & TOY, A. ‘”MySpace” or Public Space: The Relevance of Data Protection Laws to Online Social Networking’ New Zealand Universities Law Review, Volume 23, 191-214.

2008      GUNASEKARA, G. & DILLON, E. ‘Data Protection Litigation in New Zealand: Processes and Outcomes’ Victoria University of Wellington Law Review, Volume 39, 457-486.

2007      GUNASEKARA, G.N. ‘Strengthening Franchising Through Regulation’ Franchise New Zealand Volume 16, Issue 04, Summer 2007/2008 103-107.

2007      GUNASEKARA, G.N. ‘The "Final" Privacy Frontier? Regulating Trans-Border Data Flows’ International Journal of Law and Information Technology, Volume 15, 362-393.

2007      GUNASEKARA, G.N. ‘Standard Form Commercial Contracts, Unilateral Variation and the Legal Response: the Case of Franchising’ New Zealand Business Law Quarterly, Volume 13, 263-271.

2007      SIMS, A.J. & GUNASEKARA, G.N. ‘Franchising: A case for regulation’ University of Auckland Business Review, Volume 9, 48-55.

2007      GUNASEKARA, G.N. & TOY, A. ‘Lifting the Veil on Pooling Orders Under Section 271 of the Companies Act 1993’ New Zealand Business Law Quarterly, Volume 13, 18-33.

2006      GUNASEKARA, G.N, & WATSON, S. ‘Regulating Business Format Franchising: Familiar Solutions for Novel Problems’ New Zealand Business Law Quarterly, Volume 12, 174-197.

2005      GUNASEKARA, G.N. ‘Protection for small business: the case of franchisees’’ New Zealand Law Journal [2005] 457-460.

2005      GUNASEKARA, G.N. ‘News Media Exposure, Corporate Insiders and the Dilemmas of Whistle-blowers’ New Zealand Business Law Quarterly, Volume 11, 3-10.

2005      GUNASEKARA, G. & SIMS, A.J. ‘Statutory Trends and the “Genetic Modification” of the Common Law: Company Law as a Paradigm’ Statute Law Review, Volume 26, 82-102.

2003      GUNASEKARA, G.N. ‘Whistle-blowing: New Zealand and English Solutions to a Common Problem’ Statute Law Review, Volume 24, 39-62.

2002      GUNASEKARA, G.N. ‘Good Faith, Repudiation and Franchise Agreements’ New Zealand Law Journal [2002] 453-455.

2002      GUNASEKARA, G.N. ‘Whistle-blowers and the Ombudsman’ New Zealand Law Journal [2002] 11-13.

2001      WATSON, S. & GUNASEKARA G.N. ‘Shareholder Buy-Outs: New Problems for Directors of Unlisted Companies’ New Zealand Business Law Quarterly, Volume 7, 265-275.

1999      TAN, F.B.K. & GUNASEKARA, G.N. ‘Managing Health Information in New Zealand: An Analysis of the Health Information Privacy Principles’ Journal of International Information Management, Volume 8, 39-49.

1998      GUNASEKARA, G.N. ‘Judicial Reasoning by Analogy with Statutes: Now an Accepted Technique in New Zealand?’ Statute Law Review, Volume 19, 177-201.

1994      GUNASEKARA, G.N. ‘Legislation to Protect Whistleblowers: is the proposed solution just what the doctor ordered or is it too blunt an instrument? Some conceptual flaws and pragmatic considerations’ New Zealand Law Journal [1994] 303-306.

1993      GUNASEKARA, G.N. ‘Judicial Reasoning by Analogy with statutes: An heresy or a new avenue for the development of the common law’ New Zealand Law Journal [1993] 446-452.

1993      GUNASEKARA, G.N. ‘Judicial Reasoning by Analogy with Statutes: The Case of Contributory Negligence and the Law of Contract in New Zealand’ Statute Law Review, Volume 14, 84-110.

 

Sections in Books

2009      GUNASEKARA, G. ‘Agency’ in Watson, S. (ed.) The Law in Business and Government in New Zealand (5th ed.) Auckland, Palatine Press, 8-43.

2009      GUNASEKARA, G. & WATSON, S. ‘An Overview of Business Organisations’ in Watson, S. (ed.) The Law in Business and Government in New Zealand (5th ed.) Auckland, Palatine Press, 1-7.

2009      GUNASEKARA, G. ‘Distributorships and Franchises’ in Watson, S. (ed.) The Law in Business and Government in New Zealand (5th ed.) Auckland, Palatine Press, 681-710.

2009      GUNASEKARA, G. ‘The Formation of Partnerships’ in Watson, S. (ed.) The Law in Business and Government in New Zealand (5th ed.) Auckland, Palatine Press, 44-59.

2009      GUNASEKARA, G. ‘The Legal Regulation of Partnerships’ in Watson, S. (ed.) The Law in Business and Government in New Zealand (5th ed.) Auckland, Palatine Press, 60-91.

2006      GUNASEKARA, G. & PRASAD, M. ‘Statutory Interpretation’ in Longdin, L. (ed.) Law in Business and Government in New Zealand (4th ed.) Auckland, Palatine Press, 157–186.

2003      GUNASEKARA, G.N. ‘An Overview of Business Organisations’ in Watson, S. (ed.) The Law of Business Organisations (4th ed.) Auckland, Palatine Press, 1 – 7.

2003      GUNASEKARA, G.N. ‘Agency’ in Watson S. (ed.) The Law of Business Organisations (4th ed.) Auckland, Palatine Press, 8 – 43.

2003      GUNASEKARA, G.N. ‘The Formation of Partnerships’ in Watson, S. (ed.) The Law of Business Organisations (4th ed.) Auckland, Palatine Press, 45 – 60.

2003      GUNASEKARA, G.N. ‘The Legal Regulation of Partnerships’ in Watson, S. (ed.) The Law of Business Organisations (4th ed.) Auckland, Palatine Press, 61 – 87.

2003      GUNASEKARA, G.N. ‘Distributorships and Franchises’ in Watson, S. (ed.) The Law of Business Organisations (4th ed.) Auckland, Palatine Press, 596 – 625.

2000      GUNASEKARA, G.N. ‘Protecting Personal Privacy in Cyberspace: The Limitations of Third Generation Data Protection Laws Such as the New Zealand Privacy Act 1993’ in Janczewski, L. (ed.) Internet and Intranet Security Management: Risks and Solutions . Hershey USA & London UK, Idea Group Publishing, 271-295.

2000      GUNASEKARA, G.N. ‘Health Information Management and Individual privacy: Application of New Zealand’s Privacy Legislation’ in Armoni, A. (ed.) Healthcare Information Systems: Challenges of the New Millennium. Hershey USA & London UK, Idea Group Publishing, 80-95.

1999      GUNASEKARA, G.N. ‘Protecting Personal Privacy in Cyberspace: Principles and Problems with the New Zealand Privacy Act 1993’ in Tan, F.B., Corbett, S. & Wong, Y.Y. (ed.) Information Technology Diffusion in the Asia Pacific: perspectives on Policy, Electronic Commerce and Education. Hershey USA & London UK, Idea Group Publishing, 174-192.

 

Conferences and Seminar Papers Delivered

2011      BUCHAN, J, HARRIS, J, & GUNASEKARA, G ‘Franchise mediation: Confidentiality or disclosure, a consumer protection conundrum’ proceedings of the 25th Anniversary Conference of the International Society of Franchising, Boston University Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A., June 16-18, 2011.

2010      GUNASEKARA, G. & TOY, A. ‘Principles or Rules: The Place of Information Privacy Law’ Australasian Law Teachers Association Conference, University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand, July 4-7 2010, pp 1-23.

2008      GUNASEKARA, G, & TOY, A. ‘MySpace or Public Space: the Relevance of Data Protection Laws to Online Social Networking’ Australasian Law Teachers Association Conference, James Cook University, Cairns, Australia, July 6-9 2008, pp1-29.

2008      GUNASEKARA, G, & BUCHAN, J. ‘Vulnerable Creditors: should franchisees have rights on the insolvency or re-structuring of their franchisor?’ Corporate Law Teachers Association Conference, Coogee, Sydney, Australia, 5 February 2008, pp1-10.

2007      GUNASEKARA, G, & DILLON, E. ‘One size fits all: The New Zealand data (privacy) litigation experience’ Access & Privacy Conference, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, June 14 2007, pp1-37.

2006      GUNASEKARA, G. N. ‘The “Final” Privacy Frontier? Regulating Transborder Data Flows’ Australasian Law Teachers Association Conference, Victoria University, Melbourne, 4-7 July 2006.

2005      GUNASEKARA, G. N. ‘Regulating Business Format Franchising: A Company Law Paradigm’ Australasian Law Teachers Association Conference, University of Waikato, Hamilton, July 5-8 2005, pp1-20.

2004      GUNASEKARA, G, & SIMS, A.J. ‘Teaching ICANZ and Elective Commercial Law Papers at the University of Auckland: Some Observations as to Teaching Methodology and Content’ Accounting and Commercial Law Teaching Conference, Victoria University of Wellington, 24 August 2004, pp 1-27.

1997      TAN, F.B.K. & GUNASEKARA, G.N. 'Centralised Health Information Management in New Zealand: Advancing Health or Invading Privacy', IRMA International Conference, Vancouver, B.C., May 16-19 1997.

1993      GUNASEKARA, G.N. ‘Judicial reasoning by analogy with Statutes’ LAWASIA ’93 Conference, Colombo, 12-16 Sept.1993, S11.P4.18-26.

Teaching | Current

Undergraduate courses taught

2013

  • COMLAW 101 SC        Law in a Business Environment
  • COMLAW 304 FC        Business Structures for Enterprises

2012

  • COMLAW 101 FC        Law in a Business Environment
  • COMLAW 304 FC        Business Structures for Enterprises

2011 

  • LAWPUBL 725            Privacy Law (semester 1)
  • COMLAW 304             Business Structures for Enterprises (semester 1)
  • COMLAW 101             Law in a Business Environment (semester 1)

2010

  • LAWCOMM 758           Franchising Law (semester 2)
  • COMLAW 304              Alternative Business Structures (semester 1)
  • COMLAW 101              Law in a Business Environment (semester 1)

2009 

  • LAWCOMM 758            Franchising Law (semester 2)
  • BUSADMIN 784            Managers and the Law (quarter 3)
  • COMLAW 203              Company Law (semester 2)
  • COMLAW 304              Alternative Business Structures (semester 2)
  • COMLAW 151G            The (Un) Lawful World: Law in Contemporary Life (semester 2)

1991-2008

  • 02.100                         Introduction to Law
  • 02.202                         Law of Business Organisations
  • 610.304                       Alternative Business Structures
  • 610.302                       Privacy & Information Management Law
  • COMLAW 191               Law in Business & Information Management
  • COMLAW 203               Company Law
  • COMLAW 304               Alternative Business Structures
  • COMLAW 302               Privacy & Information Management Law

Postgraduate courses taught

2013

  • LAWPUBL 725 SC         Privacy Law

2012

  •  LAWCOMM 758           Franchising Law

2011

  • LAWPUBL 725              Privacy Law (semester 1)

2010

  • LAWCOMM 758             Franchising Law (semester 2)

2009

  • LAWCOMM 758             Franchising Law (semester 2)
  • BUSADMIN 784             Managers and the Law (quarter 3)

2008

  • BUSADMIN 784             Managers and the Law (quarter 2)

2001-2007

  • COMLAW 731                Franchising Law (since 2004 LAWCOMM 758)

1996-2000

  • 610.739                        Privacy & Defamation law
  • 610.731                        Franchising Law

Postgraduate supervision

Charlene Sarita Correa: ‘How will the proposed move from negative credit reporting to positive credit reporting affect the privacy of the everyday consumer in New Zealand?’ (2011). [BCom(Hons)]

Daniel Speestra: ‘Is there a solution to the problems facing public registers under the current regulatory environment from technology and other factors?’ (2011). [BCom(Hons)]

Megan Vettoretti ‘Ministerial free speech and the Privacy Act’ (2010) [BCom(Hons)] Thesis and Research Essay publication award

Tiffany Ling Hui Lee: ‘A Net Cast Short? Should the Financial Advisers Act 2008 have been extended to include the franchise sector?’ (2010). [BCom(Hons)]

Amar Mehta: ‘To what extent can a franchisor protect against look-a-like competition from its former franchisee at the end of a franchise relationship?’ (2010). [BCom(Hons)]

Lorna Fussey: ‘Existing Legislation as a Model for Franchise Regulation’ (2009). [BCom(Hons)] Thesis and Research Essay publication award

Geraline Knox: ‘Is a Block Exemption from Competition Law needed for franchising?’ (2006). [MComLaw]

Tao Ye: ‘Do fiduciary obligations arise in the context of franchise relationships?’ (2004). [LLM]

Julia-Charlotte Keil: ‘Is Europe’s Love Affair with Franchising over or has the Wheel come full Circle from pronuptia – The Development of Competition Regulation on Franchising in the European Community’ (2003). [MComLaw]

Distinctions/Honours

Research Grant Received

Faculty Research Development Fund Grant 2008

Teaching Scholarship

GUNASEKARA, G.N, SIMS, A.J., 2004, ‘Teaching ICANZ and Elective Law Papers at The University of Auckland: Some Observations as to Teaching Methodology and Content’ in the Accounting and Commercial Law Conference 23-24 August 2004 at Victoria University of Wellington.

Responsibilities

Service to the University at Departmental Level

  • Director of the External Relations and Development
  • Academic Convenor of the Staff Student Consultative Committee

Service to the University at and beyond the Faculty Level

  • The Department of Commercial Law’s representative at the meetings of the Law Faculty
  • The Department’s representative on the Business School Staff Council (BSSC)
  • The point of contact between the Department and the law firm Gaze Burt

Areas of expertise

  • Franchising law
  • Privacy and data protection

Committees/Professional groups/Services

  • Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand
  • Member, Australasian Law Teachers Association (since 2004)
  • Member, Legal Research Foundation
  • Member, International Association of Privacy Professionals (iapp/ANZ) (since 2012)

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Buchan, J., & Gunasekara, G. (2015). Administrative Law Parallels with Private Law Concepts: Unconscionable Conduct, Good Faith and Fairness in Franchise Relationships. Adelaide Law Review, 36 (2), 541-575. Related URL.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/30524
  • Gunasekara, G. N., & Xharra, N. (2014). Smokescreen or the real deal: Website privacy notices of companies listed in New Zealand. New Zealand Business Law Quarterly, 20 (4), 260-288. Related URL.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/30526
  • Gunasekara, G. (2013). Privacy as a Stakeholder Interest in New Zealand: Transparency in Corporate Governance Practices. New Zealand Business Law Quarterly, 19 (4), 271-293. Related URL.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/25357
  • Gunasekara, G. (2013). Paddling in unison or just paddling? International trends in reforming information privacy law. International Journal of Law and Information Technology10.1093/ijlit/eat013
  • Gunasekara, G. N., & Toy, A. R. (2011). Principles or Rules: the Place of Information Privacy Law. New Zealand Universities Law Review, 24 (4), 525-549.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/9887
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Alan Toy
  • Gunasekara, G. N., & van Klink, A. (2011). Out of the Blue? Is Litigation Under the Privacy Act 1993 Addressed Only at Privacy Grievances?. The Canterbury Law Review, 17 (2), 229-250. Related URL.
  • Gunasekara, G. N., & Dabee, N. (2010). Franchising and Misleading or Deceptive Conduct: An Analysis of Litigation. New Zealand Business Law Quarterly, 16, 68-93.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/16811
  • Gunasekara, G. N., & Toy, A. R. (2008). 'MySpace' or Public Space: The Relevance of Data Protection Laws to Online Social Networking. New Zealand Universities Law Review, 23 (2), 191-214.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/8693
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Alan Toy