Dimity Kingsford Smith

Professor and Director, Centre for Law Markets and Regulation, UNSW Law, UNSW

Professor Kingsford Smith teaches in the areas of corporations law and regulation of securities and financial products in the undergraduate degree. She teaches master of laws courses on corporate governance and on the regulation of online investing. She supervises a number of postgraduate research students on a wide range of corporate and financial regulatory questions. At the moment these range from a thesis investigating compliance with ASX disclosure rules and selective disclosure, through the effectiveness of independent directors to whether trust law is still an effective contributor to regulation of occupational superannuation schemes. She is also very interested in corporations and securities regulation in developing economies, and has supervised a PhD in this area. She also supervises Master of Laws and Honours theses.

Professor Kingsford Smith’s own research and publication is in the areas of corporate and financial regulation and regulatory theory and policy. She is currently the first chief investigator in an Australian Research Council Discovery Grant 2005-08 examining the regulation of online investing. Entitled ‘One Day, We’ll All Invest This Way! Regulating Online Investment’ the project includes leading Australian, US, Canadian and UK researchers. With the growth of retail investment more generally, Professor Kingsford Smith has extended her research to legal and empirical consideration of the effectiveness of disclosure as a regulatory technique in consumer investment. She has published work which considers to what degree disclosure may need supplementation by other regulatory approaches. In 2009 she published research on the effect of the global financial crisis on retail investors.


  • –present
    Professor of Law, University of New South Wales