- Justin O'Brien
Professor, Director - Centre for Law, Markets & Regulation
PhD (Queen's University, Belfast), MPhil (Queen's University, Belfast), MA (Queen's University, Belfast), BA (Hons) (University of Newcastle, UK)
Professor O'Brien is a specialist in the dynamics of financial regulation, with particular reference to capital market governance. He has written extensively on the intersection between regulatory form and ethical considerations. He is the recipient of a range of major grants from the Australian Research Council and the Economic and Social Research Council in the United Kingdom.
He is the author of a trilogy of books on regulatory politics: Wall Street on Trial (2003); Redesigning Financial Regulation (2007); and Engineering a Financial Bloodbath (2009). In addition he has edited a series of collections on corporate governance, including Governing the Corporation (2005); Private Equity, Corporate Governance and the Dynamics of Capital Market Governance and Corporate Business Responsibilities (2009). He is co-editor (along with Iain MacNeil of the University of Glasgow) of a major volume on the legal, policy and regulatory implications of the Global Financial Crisis, The Future of Financial Regulation (2010).
Professor O'Brien has held appointments at Queen's University, Belfast, Charles Sturt University and Queensland University of Technology. He has been affiliated to the Center for the Study of Law and Society at the University of California, Berkeley as a Visiting Scholar and at the University of Glasgow, where he was Visiting Professor of Financial Regulation and Policy. He was an Adjunct Professor at the Australian National University division of the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics from 2009-2012.
Prior to taking up a career in academia Professor O'Brien was an investigative journalist for a range of national and international broadcasters, including three divisions of the British Broadcasting Corporation - Network News and Current Affairs, BBC Northern Ireland and BBC World Service. He was also Editor, Television Current Affairs at Ulster Television in Belfast. He is a regular commentator on financial regulation to the national and international media and writes regularly for the Irish Times and the Australian Financial Review.
Areas of expertise
Corporate Governance, Business and Professional Ethics, Regulatory Theory, Socio-Legal Studies in Corporate Law
Australasian Compliance Institute (Fellow)
Australian Research Council Future Fellow 2012-2016: Measuring and Evaluating Regulatory Performance
Australian Research Council Linkage Grant 2010-2012: The Future of Financial Regulation: Embedding Integrity through Design (based at UNSW)
Australian Research Council Linkage Grant 2009 - 2011: Corporate Governance, Regulation and Accountability: The Role of Multinational Corporations in Developing Commercial Advantage from Institutional Integrity (based at ANU)
Australian Research Council Governance Research Network (2006-2010): Convenor, Corporate Governance and Regulation Stream
Economic and Social Research Council Research Seminar Series 2009-2010: Re-engineering the Corporation (based at Queen's University, Belfast)
Economic and Social Science Research Council 2008-2010: Negotiated Prosecutions (based at Queen's University, Belfast)
Economic and Social Research Council World Economy and Finance Programme 2006-2010: Regulatory Regime Change in World Financial Markets: The Case of Sarbanes-Oxley (based at Queens University, Belfast)
16 July 2014
30 June 2014
8 April 2014
19 September 2013
17 June 2013
27 May 2013
19 October 2012
24 September 2012
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