Robert Macdonald

Senior Fellow (Melbourne Law Masters)


Robert D Macdonald (BCom(Hons) LLB (Melbourne)) has been researching, teaching and consulting on issues relating to economic and legal aspects of governance, sports economics, labour market regulation and competitive balance in professional team sports, along with the mainstream academic fields of corporate governance, industrial relations and human resource management, for nearly two decades. His research on these topics has been published in journals including the Harvard Journal of Sports & Entertainment Law, the Oxford Review of Economic Policy, the Journal of Sports Economics, Sport Management Review and Labour Economics; several edited volumes on the economics of professional sporting leagues, as well as various newspapers and (sports) business publications. He has previously been a member of the editorial board of Sport Management Review.

Robert has lectured in both the Law School and the Faculty of Business and Economics at the University of Melbourne, as well as having taught at several other Australian universities. This experience includes being the co-creator of Sports Law: Entities and Governance in the Melbourne Sports Law Program, as well the creation of other ground-breaking subjects on mainstream and sports industry labour relations and corporate governance. Robert has advised national and other sports governing bodies including the Australian Football League, primarily on matters of labour market regulation. He was also the co-founder of a series of successful sports marketing and sponsorship conferences. Robert has been a company director in both the private and not-for-profit sectors and is a member of the Australia and New Zealand Sports Law Association (ANZSLA), the Sport Management Association of Australia and New Zealand (SMAANZ) and the North American Association of Sports Economists (NAASE).