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Senior Lecturer and Associate, Monash Centre for Commercial Law and Regulatory Studies, Monash University

Eric Windholz is a Senior Lecturer and Associate with the Monash Centre for Commercial Law and Regulatory Studies.

Eric's research focuses on two areas: (1) regulatory theory and practice, or what he describe as the science and art of modern regulatory practice; and (2) sports law, and in particular the application of regulatory theory to the world of professional sport - thus combining the two areas of expertise.

Through this research, Eric explores how business, government and civil society intersect to inform the development of public policy, law and regulatory regime design and implementation, particularly within international and national sporting systems. After all, sport inherently is a system of rules and, thus, a regulatory system. Without rules there is no sport – just play!

But sport is not the only area where Eric has have deployed his expertise. Eric also has applied it to the examination of regulatory regimes in important social and economic domains including occupational health and safety, disability services, and consumer and environmental protection.

Eric brings to his research a unique multi-disciplinary perspective born from more than 25 years experience working, first, in heavily regulated industries (in Australia, Hong Kong and New York), second as a regulator of industry and, now, as an academic specialising in regulatory theory and practice.

Eric has a PhD from Monash University, a MBA from Melbourne University, a Bachelor of Economics and Bachelor of Laws (First Class Honours), also from Monash University, and a Graduate Diploma in Company Secretarial Practice. Eric is a barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria and High Court of Australia, and a licensed legal consultant in the State of New York, USA.

Eric is the author of Governing through Regulation: Public Policy, Regulation and the Law (Routledge, 2018). Eric also have written numerous book chapters and articles. These articles have been published in both general law journals and specialist journals in sport, employment and business law, public policy, public administration, health and safety policy and practice, labour history and environmental law and policy - reflecting the multi-disciplinary perspective he brings to his work.

A selection of Eric's publications can be found at


  • –present
    Lecturer in Law and Associate, Monash Centre for Regulatory Studies, Monash University


  • 2009 
    Melbourne Business School (Melbourne University), Master of Business Administration