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Dr John Selby is an active member of the Optus-Macquarie Cybersecurity Hub. An interdisciplinary academic whose research applies New Institutional Economics theory to study the spillover effects of the Internet on business, including cybersecurity risks, domain name regulation, competition, onilne dispute resolution, privacy, artificial intelligence, and digital trade, He supervises PhD candidates on a range of Internet-related or technology-related topics, with the ability to support students undertaking empirical and/or doctrinal dissertations.

His research has been widely published, including in Oxford University's International Journal of Law and Information Technology, and cited more than seventy times. Dr Selby is also active in public policy debates, having influenced decisions by government and industry regulators on a range of Internet-related issues. Amongst his many media appearances, he has been quoted on the front-page of the Sydney Morning Herald, in the Australian Financial Review, interviewed on Channel Ten's "The Project", Triple J's Hack current affairs radio, and on ABC Radio.

Dr Selby has significant experience teaching a range of undergraduate and postgraduate law subjects, from introduction to the legal system, through contracts, torts, corporations law, tax law, alternative dispute resolution, civil procedure, trade law, mooting, IP law and Internet law. His mooting students have ranked 5th in the world in the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Law Moot Competition. In pedagogy, Dr Selby has introduced innovative assessment techniques and developed a novel assessment feedback software tool which automatically generates and delivers personalised diagnostic assessment feedback reports to students.

In 2017, Dr Selby introduced the first cybersecurity unit offered to undergraduates in the Faculty of Business & Economics.

Dr Selby has been a Visiting Professor at the University of Zurich, the University of Oslo and the University of Southern California. In 2015, he was an Australia-India Youth Dialogue representative, in 2013 an ISOC-AU Ambassador to the United Nations Internet Governance Forum, and in 2006 a Lowy Institute "New Voice in Technology & International Relations. He previously practiced as a solicitor focusing on technology law at (what is now) King & Wood Mallesons.



Dr Selby currently convenes the following units:

- Cybersecurity & Privacy: Implications for Business & Law

- Global Trade Law

- Introduction to the Australian Legal System

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Research Outputs

  • 10 Citations (Scopus)
  • Recent proposals to reform data protection laws in the EU and Australia: a comparative analysis

    Selby, J. & Moens, A., 2013, In : Computer law review international. 14, 3, p. 65-70 6 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Activities

    • 1 Invited talk

    Cybersecurity, Artificial Intelligence, Browser Privacy and NSW Schools

    John Selby (Speaker)
    11 Jul 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

    Press / Media

    Australian Government Missed the Point with New Encryption Bill

    John Selby & Christophe Doche


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Expert Comment