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Biography

I am a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Law at Monash University, an Associate with its Centre for Commercial Law and Regulatory Studies and a Fellow of the Australian Centre for Justice Innovation.

My research expertise is in two areas: (1) regulatory theory and practice, or what I describe 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 professional sport - thus combining my two areas of expertise.

Through this research, I explore 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. After all, sport inherently is a system of rules and, thus, a regulatory system. Without rules there is no sport – just play!

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

I bring to my research a unique multi-disciplinary perspective forged from more than 25 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.

I am the author of Governing through Regulation: Public Policy, Regulation and the Law (Routledge, 2018). I 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 I bring to my work.

I also present regularly at national and international conferences, and consult to government departments and agencies and sporting organisations.

I have 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. I also am a barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria and High Court of Australia, and a licensed legal consultant in the State of New York.

Research area keywords

  • Regulation
  • Public Policy
  • Federalism
  • Harmonisation
  • Occupational Health and Safety
  • Sport Law

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