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Publications by Rob Nicholls

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Publications – Journals

Healey, Deborah and Rob Nicholls 2017. “Enhancing Competition: Challenges for Australian Retail Banking” Journal of Banking and Finance Law and Practice 28, 48-71.
Nicholls, Rob 2017. “Rights and Wrongs for Implanting Military RFID” IEEE Technology and Society Magazine 36 (1), 48-51.
Cave, Martin and Rob Nicholls 2017. “The use of spectrum auctions to attain multiple objectives: Policy implications” Telecommunications Policy 41 (5–6), 367–378.
Nicholls, Rob 2017. “The Australian Telecommunications Regulatory Environment: An overview” Australian Journal of Telecommunications and the Digital Economy 4 (4), 196-213.
Healey, Deborah and Rob Nicholls 2016. “Should stability reign? The consumer downside of foregone competition in retail banking markets” Journal of Banking and Finance, 32 70-101.
Nicholls, Rob. 2016. "Spectrum Management Issues for Heterogeneous Networks in Commons Spectrum" info, 18 (4), 1-11.
Nicholls, Rob and Jenny Buchan. 2016. “Failing Firm, Failing Franchisor: Local Market Analysis in Australian Merger Clearance” Competition and Consumer Law Journal, 23 247–265.
Donald, M. Scott, Hazel Bateman, Ross Buckley, Kevin Liu and Rob Nicholls. 2016. “Too connected to fail: the regulation of systemic risk within Australia’s superannuation system” Journal of Financial Regulation, 2 (1) 56–78.
Buchan, Jenny, Lorelle Frazer, Charles Zhen Qu and Rob Nicholls. 2015. “Franchisor Insolvency in Australia: Profiles, Factors and Impacts” Journal of Marketing Channels, 22 (3) 311-332.
Abbas, Roba, Katina Michael, Michael Michael and Rob Nicholls. 2015. "Key Government Agency Perspectives on Location Based Services Regulation" Computer Law and Security Review, 31 (6): 736-748
Donald, M. Scott, Rob Nicholls. 2015. “Bank Custodians and Systemic Risk in the Australian Superannuation System” Journal of Banking and Finance Law and Practice (26): 25-38.
Nicholls, Rob. 2014. “Something to remember him by: Commissioner Joaquín Almunia’s farewell gift” Law and Financial Markets Review 8 (4): 315-317.
Nicholls, Rob, Justin O’Brien. 2014. “Hanging Together or Hanging Separately: Is Competition Law in the Process of Eclipsing Financial Regulation?” Law and Financial Markets Review 8 (2): 178-184.
Nicholls, Rob. 2014. “Structural Separation, Interconnection and Access” Australian Journal of Competition and Consumer Law (22): 54-56.
Abbas, Roba, Katina Michael, Michael Michael and Rob Nicholls. 2013. "Sketching and validating the location-based services (LBS) regulatory framework in Australia." Computer Law and Security Review (29): 576-589.
Nicholls, Rob. 2013. "High-efficiency video coding: A future for ultra-high definition television?" International Journal of Digital Television 4 (2): 193–202.
Iglesias, Rebecca, Rob Nicholls and Anisha Travis. 2012. "Private Clouds with No Silver Lining: Legal Risk in Private Cloud Services." Communications & Strategies (85): 125-140.
Nicholls, Rob. 2012. "Right to Privacy: Telephone Interception and Access in Australia." Technology and Society Magazine, IEEE 31 (1): 42-49.
Nicholls, Rob. 2008. "Axes of integration in the delivery of audiovisual services." Telecommunications Journal of Australia 58 (1): 13.11-13.21.
Nicholls, Rob and Michelle Rowland. 2008. "Regulating the use of telecommunications location data by Australian law enforcement agencies." Criminal Law Journal 32 (6): 343-350.
Nicholls, Rob. 2007. "Technological protection measures: mobile digital; rights management." Copyright Reporter: Journal of the Copyright Society of Australia 25 (2): 40-54.
Publications – CoNFERENCES (PEER REVIEWED)
Nicholls, Rob. 2014. "And So To Bed: Regulatory regimes as a mechanism to embed neoliberalism” The Politics of Legality in a Neoliberal Age, 1-2 August 2014, UNSW
Nicholls, Rob. 2012. "Competitive neutrality and net neutrality: the modern Australian dual model and PSB policy." RIPE@2012, eds. Gregory Ferrell Lowe and Fiona Martin. Sydney University, Australia.
Nicholls, Rob. 2011. "Please hold for your connection: Determining points of interconnection for open access broadband." Regional ITS Conference, Taipei 2011. Taipei, Chinese Taipei: International Telecommunications Society.
Nicholls, Rob. 2009. "Competing for attention: The role of the state broadband network deployment." International Telecommunications Society Regional Conference, ed. Gary Madden. Perth, Australia: International Telecommunications Society
Nicholls, Rob. 2009. "Merely Players: Using Evolutionary Concepts Regulatory Analysis." Law and Society 2009. Denver: Law and Society Association.
Nicholls, Rob and Michelle Rowland. 2008. "Lost transcription: the Australian regime for interception of, and access to, communications content and metadata." Communications Policy and Research Forum 2008, eds. Franco Papandrea and Mark Armstrong. Sydney, Australia: Network Insight Institute.
Nicholls, Rob. 2008. "‘According to the degree of influence’: Why regional commercial radio is more heavily regulated than metropolitan commercial television." Communications Policy and Research Forum 2008, eds. Mark Armstrong and Franco Papandrea. UTS Sydney: Network Insight Institute.
Nicholls, Rob. 2008. "If you step on this rung you may lose your balance: Is bitstream the highest spot on the ladder of investment?" International Telecommunications Society Conference 2008, ed. Christian Dippon. Montreal: International Telecommunications Society.
Nicholls, Rob. 2008. "Pedestrian Crossings and Superhighway Robbery: Sources of Market Power Broadband." ACCC Regulatory Conference 2008. Gold Coast, Australia: ACCC.
Nicholls, Rob. 2008. "Regulatory reform broadcasting: cultural exception or race to the bottom." (Re)Regulation the Wake of Neoliberalism, ed. David Levi-Faur. Utrecht: European Consortium of Political Research Standing Group on Regulatory Governance.
Nicholls, Rob. 2006. "Digital is different: how Australian audiovisual services were transformed from culture into commerce." Communications Policy and Research Forum 2006, ed. Mark Armstrong. UTS, Sydney, Australia: Network Insight Institute.
Nicholls, Rob. 2006. "Interconnection of next generation networks: A regulatory perspective." International Telecommunications Society Conference 2006. Beijing, China: International Telecommunications Society.
Nicholls, Rob. 2005. "Bypass and Transit: Arbitrage Issues in International Interconnection and Revenue Reporting in Developing Countries." Pacific Telecommunications Conference 2005. Honolulu, USA: Pacific Telecommunications Council.
Nicholls, Rob. 2005. "Telecommunications Regulation and the Global Digital Divide." Communications Policy and Research Forum 2005, ed. Mark Armstrong. UNSW, Sydney, Australia: Network Insight Institute.
Nicholls, Rob. 2003. "SMS: Today’s Interactive Television." International Telecommunications Society Regional Conference. Perth, Australia: International Telecommunications Society.
Nicholls, Rob and Angus Henderson. 2000. "Options for Broadband Access and the Identification of Competitive Outcomes." Communications Research Forum 2002. Canberra, Australia: Australian Government Publishing Service.
Jew, Bernadette and Rob Nicholls. 1999. "Internet connectivity: Open competition in the face of commercial expansion." Pacific Telecommunications Conference 1999. Honolulu, USA: Pacific Telecommunications Council.

Publications – Book Chapters

Nicholls, Rob. 2015. “National Broadband Network” in Fairness, Opportunity and Security Policy: Filling the Policy Vacuum eds. Michael Keating and John Menadue. Adelaide: ATF Press. October 2015
Nicholls, Rob. 2014. “Broadcasting Regulation” in A Companion to the Australian Media, ed. Bridget Griffen-Foley. Melbourne: Australian Scholarly Publishing. October 2014.
Nicholls, Rob. 2014. “Telstra” in A Companion to the Australian Media, ed. Bridget Griffen-Foley. Melbourne: Australian Scholarly Publishing. October 2014.
Nicholls, Rob. 2013. "Radiocommunications commentary." In Communications Law and Policy in Australia, eds. Peter Leonard and Angus Henderson. Sydney, Australia: LexisNexis.
Nicholls, Rob. 2013. “Universal Access.” In Broadband Strategies Toolkit, ed. Masatake Yamamichi. Washington: World Bank Group available at: http://broadbandtoolkit.org/4
Nicholls, Rob. 2010. "Chapter 8: For What it’s Worth: Cost Benefit Analysis of the use of Interception and Access in Australia." In The Implications of Covert Policing: The Fourth Workshop on the Social Implications of National Security, 2009, eds. Simon Bronnitt, Clive Harfield and Katina Michael. Wollongong, Australia: University of Wollongong Press.
Nicholls, Rob and Michelle Rowland. 2007. "Chapter 7. Message in a Bottle: Stored Communications Interception as Practised in Australia." In The Second Workshop on the Social Implications of National Security (from Dataveillance to Uberveillance and the Realpolitik of the Transparent Society), eds. Katina Michael and Michael Michael. Wollongong, Australia: University of Wollongong Press.

Publications – Opinion Pieces

Nicholls, Rob. 2016 “Simpler account switching would help keep our banks honest” The Conversation. Available at: https://theconversation.com/simpler-account-switching-would-help-keep-ou...
Nicholls, Rob. 2016 “How the major parties’ policies compare on business and finance regulation” The Conversation. Available at: https://theconversation.com/how-the-major-parties-policies-compare-on-bu...
Nicholls, Rob. 2016 “NBN – election issue or fizzer?” Pearls and Irritations. Available at: http://johnmenadue.com/blog/?p=6233
Nicholls, Rob. 2016 “Your risk, my reward: is the sharing economy becoming less selfish?” The Conversation. Available at: https://theconversation.com/your-risk-my-reward-is-the-sharing-economy-b...
Nicholls, Rob. 2015. “Ziggy’s stardust: The NBN, net neutrality and competitive neutrality” Pearls and Irritations. Available at: http://johnmenadue.com/blog/?p=5068
Nicholls, Rob and Carolyn Evans. 2015 “Boring and protected: fifth pillar needed to get Australian bank customers moving” The Conversation. Available at: https://theconversation.com/boring-and-protected-fifth-pillar-needed-to-...
Nicholls, Rob. 2015. “How can we fix the NBN?” Crikey. Available at: http://www.crikey.com.au/2015/06/01/how-can-we-fix-the-nbn/
Nicholls, Rob and Charlotte Penel. 2015 “How changing our bank account numbering system will be a win for customers” The Conversation. Available at: https://theconversation.com/how-changing-our-bank-account-numbering-syst...
Nicholls, Rob. 2015. “Who bears the cost when your Uber or Airbnb turns bad?” The Conversation. Available at: https://theconversation.com/who-bears-the-cost-when-your-uber-or-airbnb-...
Nicholls, Rob. 2015. “Why it’s time for companies to give us back our data.” The Conversation. Available at: https://theconversation.com/why-its-time-for-companies-to-give-us-back-o...
Commissioner Almunia's Parting Shot – opinion piece on Centre for Law, Markets and Regulation website
Got Your Licence, Buddy? – opinion piece on Centre for Law, Markets and Regulation website
Promoting Competition and Financial Regulation – opinion piece on Centre for Law, Markets and Regulation website
Two Bites Or Two Cherries For Auditors? – opinion piece on Centre for Law, Markets and Regulation website
Cartel Immunity/Leniency: The Truth, The Whole Truth … – opinion piece on Centre for Law, Markets and Regulation website
Custodian Banks: Too Big To Get Bigger? – opinion piece on Centre for Law, Markets and Regulation website
A test, but in whose interest? – opinion piece in The PANPA Bulletin, September 2012

Publications – Other

Nicholls, Rob. 2017. “The Mediated City: The news in a post-industrial context, S. Coleman, N. Thumim, C. Birchall, J. Firmstone, G. Moss, K. Parry, J.G. Blumler Zed Books, London, UK (2016)” Telecommunications Policy forthcoming doi:10.1016/j.telpol.2017.01.001
Nicholls, Rob. 2016. “Media Economics, Stuart Cunningham, Terry Flew, Adam Swift. Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, UK (2015)” Telecommunications Policy, 40 (4) 378-379
Nicholls, Rob. 2016. “A Primer on Auction Design, Management, and Strategy, David J. Salant. MIT Press, Cambridge, MA (2015)” Telecommunications Policy, In Press, Corrected Proof, Available online 26 February 2016
Nicholls, Rob, Deborah Healey and Charlotte Penel. 2015. “Competition in Australian Retail Banking: How Much is Enough and Options to Facilitate More” CIFR Paper No. 077/2015 (December 2015). Available at: http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2697337
Healey, Deborah and Rob Nicholls 2015. “Balancing Competition and Stability in Australian Retail Banking” CIFR Paper No. 076/2015 (December 2015). Available at: http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2697349
Nicholls, Rob and Carolyn Evans. 2015. “The Nature of Competition in Australian Retail Banking" CIFR Paper No. 075/2015 (December 2015). Available at: http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2697328
Nicholls, Rob, Scott Donald and Kevin Liu. 2015. “It’s a Small World after all: Using social network analysis to investigate systemic risk in the Australian superannuation sector” CLMR Working Paper 15-1 (June 2015). Available at www.clmr.unsw.edu.au/sites/default/files/attached_files/clmr_working_pap...
Nicholls, Rob. 2014. “Review of The Political Economies of Media: The Transformation of the Global Media Industries by Dwayne Winseck and Dal Yong Jin”, Telecommunications Policy, 38 (11): 1185 – 1187.
Nicholls, Rob. 2015. “Antitrust Trumps Financial Services Regulation in the European Union.” ABA Business Torts & RICO News 11(2):1-8. Available at http://www.americanbar.org/content/dam/aba/publications/antitrust_law/at...
Nicholls, Rob. 2014. “Australian Competition Policy Review Releases Draft Report.” ABA International Antitrust Bulletin Volume 3, November 2014. Available at http://www.americanbar.org/content/dam/aba/publications/antitrust_law/at...
Donald, Scott and Rob Nicholls. 2014. “CLMR Working Paper 14-4: Bank Custodians and Systemic Risk in the Australian Superannuation System” available at http://www.clmr.unsw.edu.au/resource/prudential-regulation/superannuatio...
Nicholls, Rob. 2012. "Cultural discontents: cultural protection in an internet world." Ericsson Business Review 1 of 2012.
Waters, Peter, Rob Nicholls and Elise Ball. 2007. "Spectrum allocation processes: A review of global experience." Sydney: Gilbert + Tobin.
Mitchell, Bridger, Paul Paterson, Moya Dodd, Paul Reynolds, Astrid Jung, Peter Waters, Rob Nicholls and Elise Ball. 2007. "Economic study on IP interworking." London: GSM Association.
Nicholls, Rob. 2005. "Digital Rights Management in Television." Communications Law Bulletin 24(1):11-13.
Jew, Bernadette and Rob Nicholls. 2002. "Bandwidth trading." Telemedia: the monthly newsletter on Australian telecommunications and media law (November).
Waters, Peter, Bernadette Jew and Rob Nicholls. 2002. "Getting a WiFi of 3G." Telemedia: the monthly newsletter on Australian telecommunications and media law (June).
Jew, Bernadette, Rob Nicholls and Nick Alston. 2002. "Bandwidth after Enron and Global Crossing: new game – new rules?" Telemedia: the monthly newsletter on Australian telecommunications and media law (May).
Jew, Bernadette and Rob Nicholls. 2002. "Rationalisation or technical evolution? The emergence of the ‘gatekeeper portal’." Telemedia: the monthly newsletter on Australian telecommunications and media law (May).
Jew, Bernadette and Rob Nicholls. 2001. "Who Owns The Customer? Does "ARPU" have any value in the seamless grid of broadband networks?" Telemedia: the monthly newsletter on Australian telecommunications and media law (March).
Nicholls, Rob and Carolyn Lidgerwood. 2000. "Ministerial Determination gives pause for thought to high speed internet providers." Telemedia: the monthly newsletter on Australian telecommunications and media law (December).
Jew, Bernadette, Rob Nicholls and Andrew Floro. 2000. "New Issues for Internet Interconnection." Telecommunications International 34(2):67-72.
Nicholls, Rob and Mia Garlick. 1999. "Proxy caching – a new fair dealing?" Telemedia: the monthly newsletter on Australian telecommunications and media law (June).
Digital Satellite Subscription Television Standard (declared by the Minister for Communications and the Arts under s.94 of the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 in May 1994 and August 1995)

Conferences

Presentation to Corporate Law Teachers Association Annual Conference, Griffith University, February 5 - 7 2017
Presentation to Insolvency Academics Network, Sydney University, 5 December 2016.
Presentation to CEPAR Pensions and Superannuation Seminar, UNSW, 21 November 2016
Invited presentation to QUT Law School and School of Justice, QUT, 18 November 2016.
Presentation to the Australian Political Science Association, UNSW, 26 – 28 September 2016.
Presentations to Productivity Commission on 24 August 2016 (Melbourne) and 31 August (Sydney).
Co-convenor of, and presentation to 9th Workshop on the Social Implications of National Security, University of Melbourne, 12 July 2016.
Presentation to 24th Colloquium of Superannuation Researchers, UNSW, 4-5 July 2016.
Presentation to CIBEL workshop on China-Australia Free Trade Agreement, UNSW, 17-18 June 2016
Presentation to CEPAR Pensions and Superannuation Seminar, UNSW, 12 June 2016
Presentation to workshop on the Socio-Economic Impacts of Mobile Communications: Implications for ASEAN at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, Singapore, 22 -23 April 2016
Presentation to Telecom Forum: Law, regulation and enforcement, Oman, 9-11 February 2016
Presentation to the Thailand National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (with Prof. Lesley Hitchens of UTS), Thailand, 4 – 8 November 2015
Nicholls, Rob 2015 “Competition in Financial Services” Presentation to the Economic Society of Australia, Sydney, October 2015
Nicholls, Rob 2015 “Making the Dual Model Work: Competitive neutrality and net neutrality issues facing the Australian Broadcasting Corporation” Expert Symposium on Competitive Neutrality, Sydney, October 2015
Nicholls, Rob, Scott Donald and Kevin Liu 2015. “It’s a Small World after all: Using social network analysis to investigate systemic risk in the Australian superannuation sector” Netconomics satellite at NetSci, Zaragoza, June 2015
Nicholls, Rob. 2014. “Competition policy review – the framework” Competition Law and Policy, 25 November 2014, Centre for International Finance and Regulation.
Nicholls, Rob. 2014. "Agreeing to disagree: State agents' roles in undertakings and deferred prosecutions for global financial services misconduct” Sixth Oceanic Conference on International Studies, 9-11 July 2014, University of Melbourne.
Nicholls, Rob. 2014. “On the Smell of an Oily Rag” 22nd Annual Colloquium of superannuation researchers, 7-8 July 2014, UNSW
Nicholls, Rob. 2014. “It’s a Small World, After All” 22nd Annual Colloquium of superannuation researchers, 7-8 July 2014, UNSW
Nicholls, Rob. 2014. “Systemic Risk in Superannuation” Workshop, 27 March 2014, UNSW
Nicholls, Rob. 2012. "Regulatory Issues Facing the Global Deployment of M2M Communications." CommunicAsia 2012. Singapore.
Nicholls, Rob. 2009. "Anytime, Any Place Anywhere: Interception and Access Based on Location." Australia New Zealand Society of Criminology. Perth, Australia: ANZSOC.
Nicholls, Rob. 2009. "Blame it on the Bikies: Restriction on Freedoms as a Response to Gang Violence." Australia New Zealand Society of Criminology. Perth, Australia: ANZSOC.
Nicholls, Rob and Michelle Rowland. 2009. "O Canada: telecommunications interception policy as embedded liberalism." Communications Policy and Research Forum 2009, eds. Mark Armstrong and Franco Papandrea. UTS, Sydney, Australia: Network Insight Institute.
Nicholls, Rob. 2009. "Capital punishment: regulatory reforms commercial television broadcasting." Communications Policy and Research Forum 2009, eds. Mark Armstrong and Franco Papandrea. UTS, Sydney, Australia: Network Insight Institute.
Nicholls, Rob. 2009. "Digital Dividend: International issues and implications for Australia." The digital dividend: reaping the benefits of analogue switch off, ed. Mark Armstrong. Sydney, Australia: Network Insight Institute.
Nicholls, Rob and Michelle Rowland. 2008. "hic et nunc: Provision of location based services to law enforcement agencies." You are where you’ve been: Technological threats to your location. UNSW, Sydney, Australia: UNSW.
Nicholls, Rob. 2007. "The End of Cultural Protection? The IPE of the Australian Broadcasting Sector." PhD IPE Workshop 2007. Adelaide, Australia.
Nicholls, Rob. 2007. "Never mind the width, feel the quality: interconnection of IP networks." CommunicAsia 2007. Singapore.
Nicholls, Rob. 2007. "Understanding Interconnection and Regulatory Frameworks with NGN." Next Generation Networks 2007 Summit. Singapore.
Nicholls, Rob. 2001. "3G auctions in Hong Kong." Network Insight Spectrum Seminar, ed. Mark Armstrong. Sydney, Australia: Network Insight.
Jew, Bernadette. 2000. "Peering – Competition and Regulatory Issues." Internet Carriage – Charging Peering and Chaos, ed. Ed Roehrich. Sydney, Australia: Network Insight Institute.
SAMPLE Commissioned Research

“Options for the Access List” Public Inquiry Paper for SKMM, September 2008
“Retail Price Controls in Telecommunications”, Consultant’s Report, Department of Broadband Communications and the Digital Economy, June 2008
“A regulatory roadmap for Bangladesh” presented at GSMA workshop in Dhaka, July 2007
“IP Interconnection” for GSMA, December 2007
“Liberalising International Gateways” for GSMA, December 2007
“Digital Rights Management and Mobile Devices” for GSMA Europe, January 2007
“Indigenous Television Review Report”, Consultant’s Report, Department of Communications Technology and the Arts, August 2005

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