Janet Austin

Associate Professor


Law, Faculty of

Ludlow Hall 209


1 506 453 5022

Research interests

  • Corporate and White Collar Crime
  • Insider Trading and Stock Market Manipulation
  • Whistleblowing in Corporations
  • Regulation of markets designed to trade securities issued by smaller companies
  • The role of Securities Regulators
  • Cybercrime in Securities Markets


Dr. Janet Austin (BCom (UNSW), LLB (UNSW), LLM (Sydney), PhD (Osgoode)) joined the Faculty in 2010. Prior to joining UNB Dr. Austin taught at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia and spent many years as a senior prosecutor at Australia’s federal prosecution service, the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions, where she conducted significant prosecutions for white collar crime. During her career she also practiced as a lawyer for Australia’s corporate and securities regulator, the Australian Securities and Investments Commission, and for private commercial law firms.

Recently Dr. Austin was a Visiting International Research Fellow at Flinders University in Adelaide, Australia. She is the author of Insider Trading and Market Manipulation: Investigating and Prosecuting across Borders, (Edward Elgar Publishing, UK, 2017).

Courses taught

  • Securities Regulation
  • Criminal Law
  • Corporate and White Collar Crime
  • Cybercrime

Current research projects

  • Whistleblowing in corporations
  • Regulation of stock markets designed to trade securities issued by start-ups and SMEs

Selected publications

“How do I sell my Crowdfunded Shares? Developing Exchanges and Markets to Trade Start-Ups and Small Companies” (2017-2018) 8 Harvard Business Law Review Online (28 January 2018).

“What Exactly is Market Integrity? An Analysis of One of the Core Objectives of Securities Regulation” (2017) 8 (2) William and Mary Business Law Review 215.

“The Power and Influence of IOSCO in Formulating and Enforcing Securities Regulations” (2015) XV Asper Review of International Business and Trade Law 1.

“Unusual Trade or Market Manipulation? How Market Abuse is Detected by Securities Regulators, Trading Venues and Self-Regulatory Organizations”, (2015) 1 Oxford Journal of Financial Regulation 263.

“Protecting Market Integrity in an era of Fragmentation and Cross Border Trading”, (2014-2015) 46.1 Ottawa Law Review 25.

“The Offering Memorandum Prospectus Exemption”, (2014) 29.2 Banking and Finance Law Review 216.

“IOSCO’s Multilateral Memorandum of Understanding Concerning Consultation and Cooperation and the Exchange of Information – A model for international regulatory convergence?” (2012) Criminal Law Forum 393.

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