Senior lecturer in Business Law, UNSW

Dr Rob Nicholls is a senior lecturer in business law at the UNSW Business School.
He was previously a research fellow at Swinburne University of Technology where he worked on spectrum policy matters and a research fellow at the Centre for International Finance and Regulation where he researched the intersection of competition law with financial services regulations. His research applies system and network analysis techniques, commonly used in networked industries, to examine error amplification. Rob is the Independent Telecommunications Adjudicator in a regime established to deal with wholesale disputes arising over both legacy services and migration to the NBN. He has had a thirty-year career concentrating on regulations and governance, particularly in networked industries. He has worked for Webb Henderson, the ACCC and Gilbert + Tobin.


  • 2015–present
    Senior lecturer, UNSW Business School
  • –present
    Independent Telecommunications Adjudicator, ITA Co
  • 2015–2015
    Postdoctoral research fellow, Swinburne University of Technology
  • 2014–2015
    Research fellow, Centre for International Finance and Regulation
  • 2013–2015
    Postdoctoral research associate, UNSW Law


  • 2011 
    University of New South Wales, PhD in Politics and International Relations
  • 2005 
    University of New South Wales, Master of Arts in International Relations
  • 1983 
    University of Birmingham, Bachelor of Science with Honours in Electronics and Communications Engineering

Grants and Contracts

  • 2015
    Spectrum after Scarcity
    Funding Source:
    Australian Research Council
  • 2014
    Competition law and financial services regulation
    Funding Source:
    Centre for International Finance and Regulation

Professional Memberships

  • American Bar Association - Associate Member
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers - Senior Member
  • International Telecommunications Society
  • Resolution Institute - Practitioner member

Research Areas

  • Law (1801)
  • Policy And Administration (1605)