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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

  • 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

  • John is currently researching and writing a history of the regulation of the .au domain name space.

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

Affiliations / activities

  • Australasian Law Teachers Association
  • Internet Society of Australia

Teaching Responsibilities

John has successfully convened and/or delivered to postgraduate and undergraduate students a variety of law courses, including:

  • 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;
  • Contracts;
  • Torts;
  • International Commercial Arbitration;
  • Business Dispute Resolution;
  • Law in Australian Society (an introductory law subject)

In 2011, John is convening two courses: Law in Australian Society (an introductory law subject) and Business Dispute Resolution (a subject focused on the various means (including litigation, negotiation and ADR) through which commercial legal disputes are solved).

Recent Publications

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