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John Selby

John Selby
  • Title: Doctor
  • Position: Lecturer - Department of Accounting and Corporate Governance
  • Qualifications: PhD (UNSW) (2013); LLB (First Class Honours, University Medal), BInt Bus (Griffith); Grad Dip in Legal Practice (NSW College of Law), Grad Dip in Arbitration (UQ).

Contact Details

Areas of Expertise

  • Internet Law
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • International Commercial Arbitration
  • New Institutional Economics theory


An academic who applies New Institutional Economics theory to Internet law issues, John Selby practiced as a lawyer at Mallesons Stephen Jaques for three years prior to joining Macquarie University's Division of Law in 2002.

Professional Certifications:

  • Admitted as a Legal Practitioner with New South Wales Law Society


  • PhD: (University of New South Wales)
  • Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice: (College of Law)
  • LLB (Hons 1); University Medal: (Griffith University)
  • Bachelor of International Business: (Griffith University)
  • Graduate Diploma in Arbitration (University of Queensland)

Research grants

Dr Selby has been an investigator on nearly $1million in funding across ten external and internal grants, including:

  • Australian Research Council LIEF grant LE100100239: Free Access Legal Research Infrastructure for the Whole of the Common Law: Completing CommonLII (2010) - $445 410
  • Australian Research Council LIEF grant LE100100272: Bringing Free-Access Legislation to International Best Practice Standards (2010) $455 002
  • Optus-Macquarie Cybersecurity Research Grant (2016) $5960
  • Macquarie University Emerging Technologies Grant (2009) $5000
  • Appointed in 2011 and 2012 by the Australian Research Council as a Discovery Grant Assessor on the basis of him being an "expert of international standing in his field", John has been a member of research teams awarded over $360,000 in funding through two ARC LIEF research grants.
  • In 2006, John was awarded a $20,000 competitive research grant by the auDA Foundation.
  • Having received several Macquarie University grants worth over $30,000 for research into diagnostic assessment techniques and improving student learning through delivering customised assessment feedback reports to students via electronic means, John has developed and implemented a software tool which has received significant student approval, some citing it as "the best feedback I've ever received", and reduced course delivery costs to an extent which exceeded its development costs.

Current projects

  • Cybersecurity risks emerging from the collision between how trade is regulated and how the Internet is regulated
  • How the next generation of (quantum) computers might create risks for the next generation of financial market infrastructure (distributed-ledger based)
  • Regulatory solutions to help mitigate ransomware
  • Valuation of Data as both an asset and a liability

Professional Membership

  • Member of: International Society for New Institutional Economics, Paris France
  • Member of: Association of Internet Researchers, Chicago USA
  • Member of: Society for Empirical Legal Studies, Los Angeles USA
  • Member of: Asia Privacy Scholars Network
  • Member of: Australian Domain Name Administration (auDA)
  • Member of: Australasian Forum for International Arbitration
  • Member of: Alumni Association of the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot Competition

Affiliations / activities

  • Australasian Law Teachers Association
  • Internet Society of Australia

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Dr Selby is an experienced research supervisor, with several candidates completing their dissertations under his supervision. He is currently accepting proposals for PhD and Masters of Research supervisions, particularly in the areas of cybersecurity, blockchain/ distributed ledgers, privacy, Internet governance and cyber-crime

Teaching Responsibilities

Dr Selby has successfully convened and/or delivered to postgraduate and undergraduate students a variety of law courses.

He currently convenes the following units:

  • Cybersecurity & Privacy – Implications for Business & Law
  • Global Trade Law
  • Law in Australian Society

Previously, Dr Selby has convened and taught units focused on:

  • Civil Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Electronic Commerce Law
  • coaching the Macquarie University team to the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot team (ranked 5th in the world in the 2006 moot)
  • Tax
  • Contract Law
  • Torts
  • International Commercial Arbitration

Recent Publications

Dr Selby has published at least three scholarly book chapters, thirteen scholarly journal articles, four articles in journals with editorial committees, one book review and eight submissions to regulator inquiries. Recent publications include:

  • ‘Data Localization Laws: Trade Barriers or Legitimate Responses to Cybersecurity Risks, or Both?’ (2017) 25(3)  International Journal of Law and Information Technology 213-232 <>
  • Optus-Macquarie Cybersecurity Whitepaper Series, Whitepaper 1: How can Company Boards Build Trust When Faced By Cybersecurity Threats (2017)
  • Response to the Attorney-General’s Department and Department of Communication and the Arts Inquiry into Civil Litigant Access to Retained Metadata, January 2017
  • ‘Market Disclosure and Governance Challenges When Floating University Research on the Stock Market: The Float of Melbourne IT Limited by the University of Melbourne’ (2015) 23(2) Journal of Law, Information & Science 1

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