Ross P. Buckley

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Alma materUniversity of Queensland

Ross Buckley is the KPMG Law – King & Wood Mallesons Professor of Disruptive Innovation, and a Scientia Professor, at the University of New South Wales (UNSW Sydney).[1]

For the past three years his legal research has been the second most frequently downloaded globally from the Social Science Research Network, with occasional periods as most downloaded.[2] [3]

As an Australian Research Council Laureate Fellow, he leads a $2.6 million five-year research project into the regulation of the data revolution.[4] He is also a lead investigator on an ARC Discovery Project on China’s Belt and Road Initiative and on major research projects in Hong Kong and Qatar on the regulation of FinTech.[5] [6] [7]

Early life and education

Ross was born in Brisbane. He has degrees in Economics and Law (with honours) from the University of Queensland. He completed a PhD at UNSW, long before joining the university, and, more recently, an LLD at the University of Melbourne.[1]


Ross began his career in Brisbane with the predecessor firm to Allens Linklaters.[1] He was with Deacons in Hong Kong for a year, before moving to New York as an associate at Davis Polk for three years.[1] He is admitted to practise law in Queensland, the Southern District of New York and before the U.S. Court of International Trade.[1]

Ross joined the law faculty at Bond University, where he led the Tim Fischer Centre for Global Trade and Finance for seven years.[8] He views the opportunity to get to know Tim as one of the great privileges of his life.

Ross joined the law faculty at UNSW in 2007. He was appointed a Scientia Professor and to the King & Wood Mallesons Chair in International Finance Law in 2013. In 2018 KPMG Law joined an expanded sponsorship of this position, which was renamed the KPMG Law – King & Wood Mallesons Professorship of Disruptive Innovation.[9]

Research and publications

Ross’ research has attracted well over $10 million in grant funding.[10]

His earlier work was mostly on the regulation of the global financial system. This culminated in a book with Douglas Arner, From Crisis to Crisis: The Global Financial System and Regulatory Failure, published by Kluwer.[11]

In 2013 he started researching the regulation of mobile money in developing countries, in response in part to a request from Timor Leste for assistance on these issues.[12]

This led to his writing in 2015, again with Douglas, and also Janos Barberis, an article that has been cited over 1,000 times on the Evolution of Fintech.[13]

His principal focus since has been the regulation of FinTech, and of the data revolution more generally. He believes this period of unprecedently rapid change poses enormous challenges for regulators in general, and financial regulators in particular.

He has written five books, edited a further five, and written over 160 book chapters and articles in leading journals in all major jurisdictions. Of late, much of his research has been with Douglas Arner of the University of Hong Kong and Dirk Zetzsche of the University of Luxembourg.

Ross has twice been a Fulbright Scholar, at Yale and Duke.[14]


Ross regularly serves as a consultant to the Asian Development Bank and the Alliance for Financial Inclusion.[15] These roles allow him to assist developing nations by working with their central banks on the regulation of FinTech.

He has consulted to government departments in 14 nations, including, in the US, to the US Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission.[16]

Ross has chaired the Digital Finance Advisory Panel of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission since 2017.[17]


Ross is married to Rashelle Seiden SC. They have two adult daughters, one son, and a dog.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 "UNSW Profile".
  2. "SSRN Rankings".
  3. "UNSW FinTech expert claims title of the most read legal scholar in the world".
  4. "Australian Laureate Fellowship".
  5. "'China's Belt and Road Initiative: A New Model of Economic Governance?'".
  6. "FinTech and RegTech: Building a resilient, inclusive and competitive legal and regulatory framework for 21st century finance in Qatar".
  7. "New FinTech Regulation and Policy Project Funded by RGC's Research Impact Fund".
  8. "'Four pillars bank policy set to stay'".
  9. "Chair in Disruptive Innovation and Law".
  10. "UNSW Profile -- Grants".
  11. "From Crisis to Crisis: The Global Financial System and Regulatory Failure".
  12. "Banking the Unbanked in Timor-Leste".
  13. "The Evolution of Fintech: A New Post-Crisis Paradigm?".
  14. "UNSW Profile - Awards".
  15. "Australian Laureate Fellowship".
  16. "Ross Buckley - Centre for Law, Markets and Regulation".
  17. "Digital Finance Advisory Panel".

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