Professor Pamela Hanrahan

Senior Fellow (Melbourne Law Masters)

University of New South Wales Business School


Pamela is Professor of Commercial Law and Regulation at the UNSW Business School, specialising in corporate law and securities regulation, investment law, and financial services law.

She has published widely in her areas of expertise, with particular emphasis on the governance of investment firms and intermediaries. She has taught corporations law at the undergraduate and graduate level in both law and business schools, and collective investments law and financial services law at the Masters level, for over a decade, and is a former director of studies in banking and financial services law for the Melbourne Law Masters.

In the financial services area, her books include Managed Investments Law & Practice (CCH, loose-leaf), which is the leading Australian text on the law of collective investment schemes, and Funds Management in Australia: Officers' Duties and Liabilities (LexisNexis, 2007). She is the author of numerous book chapters and refereed journal articles on the duties and liabilities of investment intermediaries and her work on the legal responsibilities of responsible entities and their officers is frequently referenced and has been cited with approval by the High Court of Australia.

In corporations and securities law, she is co-author of Securities and Financial Services Law (LexisNexis, 9th edition 2017) and Corporate Governance (LexisNexis, 2017) and lead author of the Australian, Singaporean, Malaysian and New Zealand editions of the corporations law textbook Commercial Applications of Company Law (OUP, first published 2000, 20th edition 2019). In 2014 she was the Australian Reporter to the International Academy of Comparative Law’s world congress on the law of close corporations.

Pamela is admitted to practise in the High Court of Australia and the Supreme Courts of Victoria and New South Wales. In 2010-2011 she was the Australian Securities and Investments Commission’s Regional Commissioner for Queensland and from 2013-2015 she was the Registrar of Community Housing for New South Wales. Pamela is a Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia, a member of the Corporations Committee and member of the executive of the Business Law Section of the Law Council of Australia, a member of the National Corporate Governance Committee of the AICD, a member of the Centre for Law Markets and Regulation at UNSW, and an Associate of the Centre for Corporate Law and Senior Visiting Fellow of the Melbourne Law School.

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