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
  • The role of securities regulators
  • Cybercrime
  • Foreign corruption and bribery


Dr. Janet Austin (BCom (UNSW), LLB (UNSW), LLM (Sydney), PhD (Osgoode)) joined the Faculty in 2010. Before that, she 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. She also practised as a lawyer for Australia’s corporate and securities regulator, the Australian Securities and Investments Commission, and for private commercial law firms.

In 2017, Dr. Austin was a Visiting International Research Fellow at Flinders University in Adelaide, Australia. Her new book, Insider Trading and Market Manipulation: Investigating and Prosecuting across Borders, will be published by Edward Elgar Publishing Limited, UK, in late 2017.

Courses taught

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

Current research projects

  • Corporate whistleblowing: regulation, governance and enforcement.
  • Crowdfunding: the regulatory challenges of markets designed to trade securities issued by start-ups and SMEs (small-to-medium enterprises).

Selected publications

“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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