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Eric Windholz is a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Law at Monash University, Director of its Juris Doctor course, and an Associate with its Centre for Commercial Law and Regulatory Studies and a Fellow of the Australian Centre for Justice Innovation.  Eric has a PhD from Monash University, a MBA from Melbourne University, a Bachelor of Economics and Bachelor of Laws (First Class Honours), also from Monash University, and a Graduate Diploma in Company Secretarial Practice and Graduate Certificate in Academic Practice.

Eric's research expertise is in two areas: (1) regulatory theory and practice, or what he describes as the science and art of modern regulatory practice; and (2) sports law, and in particular the application of regulatory theory to the world of sport - thus combining his two areas of expertise.

Through this research, Eric explores how business, government and civil society intersect to inform the development of public policy, law and regulatory regime design and implementation, particularly within international and national sporting systems.

But sport is not the only area where Eric has deployed his expertise. Eric also has applied it to the examination of regulatory regimes in important social and economic domains including occupational health and safety, disability services, consumer and environmental protection, and building and construction.

Eric brings a strong and unique theoretical and practical perspective to his research: employing doctrinal and empirical research techniques; combining law, public policy, regulation and governance, and more than 30 years' experience working, first, in heavily regulated industries (in Australia, Hong Kong and New York), second as a regulator of industry and, now, as an academic specialising in regulatory theory and practice.

Eric is the author of Governing through Regulation: Public Policy, Regulation and the Law (Routledge, 2018). Eric also have written numerous book chapters and articles. These articles have been published in both general law journals and specialist journals in employment, business and sports law, public policy, public administration, health and safety policy and practice, labour history and environmental law and policy - reflecting the multi-disciplinary perspective he brings to his work.

Eric’s research has had important impacts outside of academia.  Eric has been the Chief Investigator on two Cooperative Research Centre projects partnering with government and industry to examine the use of technology (including AI) to enhance the building and construction sector and its regulation, and consults to government departments, agencies and sporting organisations on regulatory issues. Eric also has made submissions to a number of Parliamentary and Government inquiries, and has been quoted and/or cited extensively in the resulting reports. Further, Eric presents regularly at national and international conferences and seminars, to both academic and industry audiences.

Eric's desire to make a difference also extends to his students, who consistently rate him highly in their teaching evaluations.  Eric teaches in the areas of:

  • public law (Administrative Law (LLB and JD); Public Law and Statutory Interpretation (LLB and JD); Public Policy, Regulation and the Law (LLB)); and
  • sports law (Sport and the Law (LLB); Sports Law: Public Policy, Regulation and Governance (LLB and JD); Contemporary Issues in International Sports Law (LLB and JD)). 

Eric also has successfully supervised PhD and Honours students researching in these and related areas - and is available to supervise new students.  

You can find Eric on X (Twitter) @ELWindholz, LinkedIn and many of his papers on SSRN.

Research interests

Regulatory theory and practice

Sports Law

Public law

Worplace health and safety

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

External positions

Editorial Board Member, Australia New Zealand Sports Law Journal

Committee Member, Law Institute of Victoria Sports Law Committee

Theme Leader, Policy & Regulation, Building 4.0 Cooperative Research Centre

Research area keywords

  • Regulation
  • Sport Law
  • Workplace health and safety
  • Public law

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