Rob joined the UNSW Business School as a lecturer in September 2015. His research interests encompass competition law and policy as well as the regulation of networked industries and the financial services sector.
He is also a research fellow at the Centre for Law, Markets and Regulation at UNSW Law. Before his appointment, Rob was a research fellow at the Centre for International Finance and Regulation where he is investigated the intersection of competition law and financial services regulation and at Swinburne University of Technology where he researched spectrum management policy. He is also a visiting fellow at UTS Sydney Law.
Rob has had a 30-year career concentrating on competition, regulation and governance, particularly in networked industries. His first degree was in electronics engineering and he has worked for major corporates, in turnarounds and start-ups. Before moving to academia, he worked for Webb Henderson, the ACCC and spent 12 years as a client-facing consultant at Gilbert + Tobin.
Rob is an accredited mediator and the Independent Telecommunications Adjudicator in a regime established to deal with wholesale disputes arising over both legacy services and migration to the national broadband network. He is also a member of the NBN arbitration pool.
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The Guardian has accused Microsoft of reputational damage after it displayed one of its articles alongside an inappropriate AI-generated poll, writes Rob Nicholls
Scammers have exploited a weakness in the myGov portal to redirect hundreds of millions of tax refund dollars, writes UNSW Business School's Rob Nicholls
The great Australian dream of home ownership is becoming a nightmare for would-be homeowners whose residential builders have recently gone bankrupt
Curious about how ChatGPT can help you at work? Be careful what company information might be given away while experimenting, writes UNSW Business School's Rob Nicholls
With the cost of living on the rise, there are risks associated with Buy Now, Pay Later financing for both consumers and companies
Facebook employees offered solutions to restore non-news pages during last year's news blackout, but whistleblowers allege these were ignored, writes UNSW Business School's Rob Nicholls
Organisations must develop ethical, socially responsible, trustworthy, and sustainable data business models to ensure consumers’ privacy is protected in an increasingly AI-driven world
Alphabet, Apple, Meta, Amazon and Microsoft have each taken some form of action against Russia – but the actual impact tech-related sanctions will have isn’t clear, says UNSW Business School's Rob Nicholls
Artificial intelligence (AI) and other technologies are causing a shift in power dynamics in financial services, and this change has significant implications for individuals' privacy and government regulators
It is clear that consumers expect the law to protect them when it comes to how their data is collected, shared and used. But is the law enough?
Google and Facebook will pay Australian news media businesses tens of millions of dollars each year – though a clear standard offer is yet to be made by the platforms, says UNSW Business School’s Rob Nicholls
Facebook’s recent botched takedown of content publishers could lead to a loss of advertising revenue for the social media platform, says UNSW Business School’s Rob Nicholls
There are a number of important factors to consider in assessing whether News Corp should be the subject of a Royal Commission because of excess market power
The Federal Government must be ready to handle the responsibilities associated with its $800 million plan which includes granting access to government services through facial recognition, writes UNSW Business School's Rob Nicholls
If Facebook follows through with its threat to pull news on its site in Australia it could be contributing its own demise, writes UNSW Business School’s Rob Nicholls
If the ACCC takes one of the tech giants to court for breach of the code, the penalty could be more than $10 million, writes UNSW Business School's Rob Nicholls
The use of regulatory technology by both regulators and the regulated requires a deep understanding of its underlying fundamentals, writes UNSW Business School’s Rob Nicholls
Following a court ruling about a negative Google review, there are a number of steps businesses take to handle negative Google reviews (and encourage positive reviews), according to UNSW Business School's Associate Professor Rob Nicholls
Rob Nicholls is a senior lecturer in the school of taxation and business law at UNSW Business School and a research fellow at the Centre for Law, Markets and Regulation. He has recently been looking at disparities in the pricing of airfares. Nicholls spoke to Julian Lorkin for BusinessThink.