Janet Austin



Law, Faculty of

Room 209


1 506 453 5022

Research interests

  • White-collar crime and securities offences
  • Insider Trading and Stock Market Manipulation
  • Whistleblowing in Corporations
  • Enforcement Issues in relation to Cybercrime
  • Cybercrime in Securities Markets
  • Regulation of markets designed to trade securities issued by smaller companies


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 has also practiced as a lawyer for Australia’s corporate and securities regulator, the Australian Securities and Investments Commission, and for private commercial law firms.

Dr. Austin is an international expert in relation to issues surrounding the investigation and enforcement of offences that cross international jurisdictions. She is the author of Insider Trading and Market Manipulation: Investigating and Prosecuting across Borders, (Edward Elgar Publishing, UK, 2017) which has also been translated into Mandarin. She is a co-editor of Corporate Whistleblowing Regulation, Theory, Practice and Design (Springer Inc., 2020). She is an affiliate member of the Canadian Institute of Cybersecurity at UNB and, in 2018, she was the recipient of the UNB Merit Award for her outstanding contribution to teaching, research and university service. In 2017, she was a Visiting International Research Fellow at Flinders University, Australia and in Fall 2021, she was a Visiting Scholar at the University of Victoria, Canada

Courses taught

  • Criminal Law
  • Cybercrime
  • Securities Regulation
  • Business Organisations

Current research projects

  • Enforcement issues surrounding Pump and Dump market manipulation schemes
  • Whistleblowing in corporations
  • International investigation and enforcement of cybercrimes
  • Cybercrimes in securities markets

Recent publications

“Stock Markets play ‘whack a mole’ with Pump and Dump schemes”, (2022) 23 University of Davis California Business Law Journal (forthcoming).

“What Effect has the SEC’s Whistleblower Award Program had on Ponzi Schemes and their Victims?”, 22 (2022) Asper Review of International Business and Trade Law (forthcoming).

“To reward or not to reward. A cross-jurisdictional comparison of the reasons why securities regulators have adopted or rejected policies to pay whistleblowers”, in Corporate Whistleblowing Regulation: Theory, Practice and Design, (eds with Drs Sulette Lombard and Vivienne Brand), Springer, 2020)

The Impact of Whistleblowing Awards Programs on Corporate Governance” (with Dr Sulette Lombard), (2019) 36 Windsor Yearbook of Access to Justice 63.

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.

Detailed research publications