Dr Scott Donald

BEc, LLB, LLM (Distinction), CFA, PhD

Scott Donald is Director of the Centre for Law, Markets and Regulation, UNSW Law, UNSW Sydney.  Scott joined the Faculty in 2010 after a successful career in the funds management industry advising governments, superannuation funds, insurance companies and fund managers on investment strategy, governance and regulation.  In 2009-10 he was retained to advise the Review of the Governance, Efficiency, Structure and Operation of Australia’s Superannuation System (the Cooper Review).  Scott teaches corporations, trusts and superannuation law at both undergraduate and post-graduate level.  He regularly presents at academic, professional and industry conferences in Australia and overseas and publishes in both the academic and professional press on research related to financial services regulation, governance and superannuation policy.

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Book Chapters

Vines P; Donald S, 2019, 'Introduction: Is Statutory Interpretation in Private Law Distinctive?', in Vines P; Donald S (ed.), Statutory Interpretation in Private Law, edn. first, Federation Press, Sydney, pp. 2 - 14

Vines P, 2019, 'Taking Common Law Concepts Seriously: Extending the Principle of Legality in Private Law', in Vines P; Donald S (ed.), Statutory Interpretation in Private Law, edn. first, Federation Press, Sydney, pp. 99 - 114

Donald MS, 2018, 'Climate change and fiduciary investors: weathering a disaster scenario', in Lyster R; Verchick RR M (ed.), RESEARCH HANDBOOK ON CLIMATE DISASTER LAW: BARRIERS AND OPPORTUNITIES, edn. Research Handbooks in Climate Law, EDWARD ELGAR PUBLISHING LTD, pp. 366 - 379, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000449872200021&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a

Books

Bryan M; Degeling S; Donald S; Vann V, 2016, A Sourcebook on Equity and Trusts in Australia, Cambridge University Press

Edited Books

Donald S; Butler Beatty L, (eds.), 2017, The evolving role of trust in superannuation, Federation Press, Sydney, http://www.federationpress.com.au/bookstore/book.asp?isbn=9781760021597

Journal articles

Donald MS; Le Mire S, 2019, 'Independence in practice: Superannuation fund governance through the eyes of fund directors', University of New South Wales Law Journal, vol. 42, pp. 300 - 334

Butt A; Donald MS; Foster FD; Thorp S; Warren GJ, 2018, 'One size fits all? Tailoring retirement plan defaults', Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, vol. 145, pp. 546 - 566, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jebo.2017.11.022

Donald S, 2018, 'A servant of two masters? ‘Managing’ conflicts of duties in the Australian funds management industry', Journal of Equity, vol. 12, pp. 1 - 33

Donald S, 2018, 'Whither Customer Protection in Financial Services?', Company and Securities Law Journal, vol. 35, pp. 404 - 405

Donald S; Le Mire S, 2018, 'Drawing the ruler over Board Performance Assessments', Australian Superannuation Law Bulletin, vol. 30, pp. 35 - 37, http://lexisweb.lexisnexis.com.au/JournalOverview.aspx?id=201830SLB00300034_00002

Donald MS, 2017, 'Regulating for Fairness in the Australian Funds Management Industry', COMPANY AND SECURITIES LAW JOURNAL, vol. 35, pp. 406 - 419, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000424045100003&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a

Butt A; Donald MS; Foster FD; Thorp S; Warren GJ, 2017, 'Design of MySuper default funds: influences and outcomes', Accounting and Finance, vol. 57, pp. 47 - 85, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/acfi.12134

Donald SS, 2017, 'The world according to Bernie', Australian Superannuation Law Bulletin, vol. 29, pp. 39 - 39

Donald SS, 2017, 'On rights, powers and duties', Australian Superannuation Law Bulletin, vol. 29

Donald MS, 2017, 'Application of the Basel III Framework to Cash Deposits Held by APRA-regulated Superannuation Funds', JOURNAL OF BANKING AND FINANCE LAW AND PRACTICE, vol. 28, pp. 33 - 47, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000411493200002&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a

Donald SS, 2017, 'The show must go on: the theatre of an annual members’ meeting', Australian Superannuation Law Bulletin, vol. 29, pp. 122 - 124

Donald S; Bateman H; Buckley R; Liu K; Nicholls R, 2016, 'Too Connected to Fail: The Regulation of Systemic Risk within Australia's Superannuation System', JOURNAL OF FINANCIAL REGULATION, vol. 2, pp. 56 - 78, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/jfr/fjv010

Donald MS, 2016, 'Of covenants and pygmy hippos', Australian Superannuation Law Bulletin, vol. 28, pp. 68 - 72

Donald SS; LeMire S, 2016, 'Independence and the governance of Australian superannuation funds', Australian Journal of Corporate Law, vol. 31, pp. 80 - 103

Donald MS, 2016, 'Don’t judge a trustee’s books by their cover …', Australian Superannuation Law Bulletin, vol. 28, http://www.lexisnexis.com/au/legal/auth/checkbrowser.do?ipcounter=1&cookieState=0&rand=0.2036749237233888&bhcp=1

Butt A; Donald MS; Foster FD; Thorp S; Warren GJ, 2015, 'The Australian superannuation system post stronger super: Views from fund executives', Law and Financial Markets Review, vol. 9, pp. 106 - 112, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17521440.2015.1052668

Donald SS; Nicholls R, 2015, 'Bank custodians and systemic risk in the Australian superannuation system', Journal of Banking and Finance: Law and Practice, vol. 26, pp. 25 - 38, https://ssrn.com/abstract=2599409

Donald MS, 2015, 'Imperial Tobacco - up in smoke?', Trust Law International, vol. 29, pp. 39 - 39

Donald MS, 2015, 'Managing the potential for conflict', Australian Superannuation Law Bulletin, vol. 27, pp. 89 - 89

Donald MS, 2015, 'Conflicts of duty – the black sheep of equity', Australian Superannuation Law Bulletin, vol. 27, pp. 122 - 122

Donald MS, 2015, 'Commercial Trusts', SYDNEY LAW REVIEW, vol. 37, pp. 155 - 158, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000377962200008&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a

Ormiston J; Charlton K; Donald MS; Seymour RG, 2015, 'Overcoming the Challenges of Impact Investing: Insights from Leading Investors', Journal of Social Entrepreneurship, vol. 6, pp. 352 - 378, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/19420676.2015.1049285

Donald SS, 2014, 'The ‘proper’ approach to a trustee’s right to indemnity out of trust assets', Journal of Equity, vol. 8, pp. 283

Donald MS, 2014, 'Australia's Financial System Inquiry: some preliminary observations', Law and Financial Markets Review, vol. 8, pp. 107 - 110, http://dx.doi.org/10.5235/17521440.8.2.107

Donald MS; Vrisakis M, 2014, 'A Governance Committee? Really?', Australian Superannuation Law Bulletin, pp. 49 - 49

Donald MS; Ormiston J; Charlton K, 2014, 'The potential for superannuation funds to make investments with a social impact', COMPANY AND SECURITIES LAW JOURNAL, vol. 32, pp. 540 - 551, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000213316100003&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a

Donald MS, 2013, 'Regulating for fiduciary qualities of conduct', Journal of Equity, vol. 7, pp. 142 - 167

Donald MS; Hodkinson C, 2013, 'In a Spin over 360 Capital', Australian Superannuation Law Bulletin

Donald MS, 2013, 'Speculation. It’s a state of mind', Australian Superannuation Law Bulletin

Donald MS, 2013, 'Having a Super Impact', Australian Superannuation Law Bulletin

Donald MS, 2013, 'Too Many Rules?', Australian Superannuation Law Bulletin

Donald SS, 2012, 'All Aboard the Clapham Omnibus', Australian Superannuation Law Bulletin

Donald SS, 2012, 'When Size Matters', Australian Superannuation Law Bulletin

Donald M, 2011, 'What's in a Name?: Examining the Consequences of Inter-legality in Australia's Superannuation System', Sydney Law Review, vol. 33, pp. 295 - 318, http://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=124389011543629;res=IELHSS

Gallagher DR; Donald MS, 2010, 'JASSA in the period 1999 to 2009: A retrospective', JASSA, pp. 9 - 14

Donald, 2009, 'All aboard the PDS Titanic', JASSA - Journal of the Securities Institute of Australia, vol. 2009, pp. 29

Working Papers

Nicholls R; Donald S; Liu K, 2015, It's a Small World after All: Using Social Network Analysis to Investigate Systemic Risk in the Australian Superannuation Sector, http://dx.doi.org

Regulation and governance of superannuation funds, investment funds and financial services.