Team Leader and Special Counsel
Dr Andrew Godwin was seconded to the ALRC from Melbourne Law School in December 2020 for six months to lead the review of the legislative framework for corporations and financial services regulation. Following his secondment, Andrew formally joined the ALRC in June 2021 as Team Leader and Special Counsel. In March 2023, Andrew took on the role of Acting General Counsel.
Dr Godwin is also a Principal Fellow at Melbourne Law School. Prior to joining Melbourne Law School in 2007, Andrew was in legal practice for over 15 years, 10 of which were spent in Shanghai as a partner of an international law firm. Andrew researches in the area of finance and insolvency law, financial regulation, property law and the regulation of the legal profession. Andrew has published extensively in both academic and professional journals and is a co-author of Sackville & Neave Australian Property Law (11th edition, 2021). His PhD thesis examined traditional land-use rights in rural China and evaluated their relevance and suitability to reform today. Andrew has acted as a consultant to a broad range of organisations, including the World Bank and regulators and governments in Australia and abroad. He is the co-editor of two books to be published in 2021: The Cambridge Handbook of Twin Peaks Financial Regulation (Cambridge University Press) and Technology and Corporate Law: How Innovation Shapes Corporate Activity (Edward Elgar Publishing).
On 15 February 2023, the Australian Law Reform Commission, in association with the Corporate Law and Financial Regulation Research Program at Melbourne Law School, held a webinar on the regulation of crypto assets and Decentralised Autonomous Organisations (DAOs).Read more
On 6 February 2023, Dr Andrew Godwin (Special Counsel and Team Leader at the Australian Law Reform Commission) presented a paper with Professor Rosemary Langford of Melbourne Law School on ‘Corporations, Financial Services and Charities – Regulatory Complexity and Coherence’.Read more
On Wednesday 16 November 2022, the ALRC hosted a webinar to examine Interim Report B and its proposed legislative model. Hear about the research and novel data analysis underpinning the ALRC’s most recent report into simplifying the legislative framework for corporations and financial services legislation.Read more
What insights can the ALRC draw from the UK perspective to simplify financial services legislation? Dr Andrew Godwin, ALRC Special Counsel, speaks with Mr Mark Steward, Director of Enforcement and Market Oversight for the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) in the UK to discuss the complex landscape of financial services regulation. Mark, a member of the …Read more
How to simplify the Corporations Act and financial services laws was the focus of the ALRC’s presentation to the Law Council of Australia’s 2022 Corporations Law. The workshop was held in Katoomba, NSW on the 3-5 June 2022.Read more
TechREG Chronicle article by Dr Andrew GodwinRead more
On Tuesday 22 March 2022 the Centre for Ethics and Law at University College London hosted the webinar, Regulating Digital and Crypto-finance: A Conversation Across Borders. The panel bought together a number of experts, including ALRC Special Counsel Dr Andrew Godwin, to discuss the different reform agendas that may be pursued in different jurisdictions relating to crypto-finance and digital finance innovations more broadly.Read more
On Wednesday 2 March 2022 ALRC Special Counsel Dr Andrew Godwin presented the Melbourne Law School 2022 Rare Books Lecture.
This lecture offers glimpses into the life and career of Melbourne Law School graduate, William Ah Ket, Australia’s first barrister of Chinese origin.
On Thursday 10 February 2022, the Australian Law Reform Commission hosted a webinar to delve deeper into key proposals and questions from Interim Report A of the ALRC’s ongoing Financial Services Legislation Inquiry. The webinar offered perspectives on three key questions: Why should we seek to reduce the complexity of corporations and financial services legislation? …Read more
On Thursday 27 January 2022, the Australian Law Reform Commission, in partnership with Melbourne Law School, hosted a webinar to review the Twin Peaks model of financial regulation and to launch the book: The Cambridge Handbook of Twin Peaks Financial Regulation (Cambridge University Press, 2021). Professor Rosemary Langford, on behalf of the Centre for Corporate …Read more