Janet Austin

Associate Professor


Law, Faculty of

Room 209


1 506 453 5022

Research interests

  • corporate and white collar crime
  • insider trading and stock market manipulation
  • whistleblowing in corporations
  • cybercrime in securities markets
  • the role of securities regulators
  • 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.

In 2017 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) and a co-editor of Corporate Whistleblowing Regulation, Theory, Practice and Design (Springer Inc., forthcoming). In 2018, she was the recipient of the UNB Merit Award for her outstanding contribution to teaching, research and university service.

Courses taught

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

Current research projects

  • Whistleblowing in corporations
  • International enforcement issues in relation to cybercrimes
  • Cybercrime in securities markets

Recent publications

“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 Publishing Inc. (forthcoming)

“The Impact of Whistleblowing Awards Programs on Corporate Governance” (with Dr Sulette Lombard), Corporate Governance, Corporate Social Responsibility and Transnational Regulation, Special Issue of the Windsor Yearbook of Access to Justice (forthcoming).

Janet Austin, “How Do I Sell My Crowdfunded Shares? Developing Exchanges and Markets to Trade Securities Issued by 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 215–240.

“The Power and Influence of IOSCO in Formulating and Enforcing Securities Regulations” (2015) XV Asper Review of International Business and Trade Law 1–24.

“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 263–283.

“Protecting Market Integrity in an era of Fragmentation and Cross Border Trading”, (2014-2015) 46.1 Ottawa Law Review 25–61.

Detailed research publications

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