Researcher

Scientia Professor Ross Philip Buckley

My Expertise

FinTech

RegTech

Blockchain technology

Cryptocurrencies and central bank digital currencies

Initial Coin Offerings

International financial regulation generally, and the international financial system and its impact on developing countries in particular.

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Biography

I joined the Faculty in January 2007, and was appointed a Scientia Professor, and to the King & Wood Mallesons Chair in International Finance Law, in 2013. This research sponsorship was expanded in 2018, with KPMG Law coming on board, and the Chair being renamed the KPMG Law - KWM Chair in Disruptive Innovation and Law.

My current research focus is on FinTech, RegTech and blockchain generally. My current particular focus is on...view more

I joined the Faculty in January 2007, and was appointed a Scientia Professor, and to the King & Wood Mallesons Chair in International Finance Law, in 2013. This research sponsorship was expanded in 2018, with KPMG Law coming on board, and the Chair being renamed the KPMG Law - KWM Chair in Disruptive Innovation and Law.

My current research focus is on FinTech, RegTech and blockchain generally. My current particular focus is on cryptocurrencies, central bank digital currencies and initial coin offerings.

My research on FinTech and RegTech has been downloaded more frequently from the Social Science Research Network (SSRN) than that of any other social scientist in the world (with my usual co-author, Doug Arner, ranking second). My research across all fields of law has been the second most frequently downloaded in the past 12 months from SSRN (after Cass Sunstein's), and, again, with Doug's work next in the rankings. My joint work with Douglas, and now also Dirk Zetzsche, is routinely cited in most scholarly analyses of FinTech, RegTech and liabilities of blockchain.

Since 2013, I have led two major sequential projects on the delivery of financial services over mobile devices, in developing countries. I led a team of three to four researchers on this project, funded by a large ARC Linkage grant in conjunction with, and generously supported by, the United Nations Capital Development Fund. 

I am currently, with my international co-authors, participating in two major, multi-year international research projects on aspects of the regulation of FinTech and RegTech, funded by the Hong Kong Research Grants Council Research Impact Fund Grant and by the Qatar National Research Fund National Priorities Research Program Grant. Each is for upwards of A$800,000.

I consult at the moment to the Asian Development Bank and over the years have consulted to many government departments including those of Australia, Indonesia, Malawi, Nepal, Timor Leste, Solomon Islands, Vietnam and to the West African Economic and Monetary Union and to three government agencies in the US (the OCC, SEC, and Department of Justice). I began my career practising banking and finance law in Australia and Hong Kong and on Wall Street with Davis Polk, in total for some nine years.

Areas of expertise

FinTech, RegTech, blockchain, cryptocurrencies, initial coin offerings, smart contracts, and digital financial services more generally.

Professional Memberships and Affiliations

Chair, Digital Finance Advisory Panel, Australian Securities & Investments Commission (ASIC).

Founding Series Editor, Global Trade Law Series, Kluwer Law International, The Hague.

Series Co-editor, Kluwer's International Banking and Finance Law Series.

External Examiner, Faculty of Law, University of Hong Kong.

Fellow & Advisory Board Member, Asian Institute of International Financial Law, University of Hong Kong.

Research Supervision

If you are interested in working with me, you should be fascinated by FinTech or RegTech and the regulatory challenges that the rapid spread of blockchain technology to new applications will generate.  I have the capacity to supervise one more highly committed candidate.

I have previously supervised 12 doctoral students through to successful completions.


My Research Supervision


Areas of supervision

 

FinTech, RegTech and blockchain issues, with a focus on financial services. 


My Engagement

I consult frequently to the Asian Development Bank and have consulted to diverse government departments, regulators and banks. In the U.S. to the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Comptroller of the Currency and the Department of Justice; and elsewhere to government departments in Australia (including ASIC), Indonesia, Malawi, Nepal, Solomon Islands, Timor Leste, Vietnam and to the West African Economic and Monetary Union. 

My joint research on FinTech, RegTech and blockchain has had considerable impact. We have presented our findings to many leading regulatory agencies around the world, including AUSTRAC, ASIC, RBA and Treasury in Australia, the SEC, FDIC and Federal Reserve in the US, Financial Conduct Authority in the UK, the Financial Stability Board in Basel many times, Banque de France, Bank of Korea, European Securities and Markets Association, and the Monetary Authorities of Hong Kong and Singapore, among others.

My other stream of work, with members of my research team, on the enabling regulation of digital financial services in developing countries, has seen our findings reflected in the laws of a wide range of countries in Africa, Asia and the Pacific. Our research has been used extensively by the World Bank and United Nations agencies in advising national central banks and other regulators in some of the world’s poorest nations; and we have presented training programs for these regulators in West Africa, Nepal, and often in the Pacific. Our findings are now reflected in the laws of nations as diverse as Fiji and Peru, Taiwan and Timor Leste, among others.

Memberships

Fellow, Academy of Social Sciences of Australia (FASSA).

Fellow, Australian Academy of Law (FAAL).

Chair, Digital Finance Advisory Panel, Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC).

Member, FinTech Research Centre Advisory Board, National Chengchi University, Taiwan.

Member, Executive Board and Research & Innovation Advisory Council, International RegTech Association (IRTA), Zurich, Switzerland.

Series Co-Editor, Global Trade Law Series, Wolters Kluwer, The Hague.

Series Co-editor, International Banking and Finance Law Series, Wolters Kluwer, The Hague.

Fellow & Advisory Board Member, Asian Institute of International Financial Law, University of Hong Kong.

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Location

Room: 222
Law Building
UNSW Kensington Campus
Sydney NSW 2052
Australia
(Access via Gate 2 off High Street)

Contact

+61 413455044
+61 2 9385 1175