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Pamela Hanrahan

Pamela Hanrahan

Professor Pamela Hanrahan (born 24 May 1965) is Professor of Commercial Law and Regulation at the UNSW Business School in Sydney.[1][2] She is an academic lawyer, author, and prominent media commentator on corporate law and financial services regulation in Australia.[3]


Pamela Fay Hanrahan
Born (1965-05-24) 24 May 1965
Melbourne, Victoria
Alma materUniversity of Melbourne, Melbourne Law School, Case Western Reserve University School of Law
Occupationacademic lawyer and company director
EmployerUniversity of New South Wales
WebsiteStaff Profile

Early life and education

Pamela Fay Hanrahan was born 24 May 1965 in Melbourne Australia.[2] She was educated at Loreto Mandeville Hall and Presbyterian Ladies’ College Melbourne where she was MacFarland Scholar (Dux of School) in 1982.[4][5] She matriculated to the University of Melbourne and in 1989 was graduated Bachelor of Arts (Honours) and Bachelor of Laws with Honours. She was a member of Newman College from 1983 to 1986.[2][6] She graduated Master of Laws (Honors) from CWRU Law School in 1995 and Doctor of Juridical Science from Melbourne Law School in 2006.[2]


Hanrahan began her legal career with Allens (then Arthur Robinson & Hedderwicks) in 1989. In 2004, she was appointed as an Associate Professor of the Melbourne Law School.[2] In 2008 – 2011 she was a senior executive of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission including serving as ASIC Regional Commissioner for Queensland in 2010-11 and as a member of the ASIC Audit Committee and ASIC Technology Governance Board.[1][2][7] In 2013-2015 she was the Registrar of Community Housing for New South Wales. In 2015, she was appointed as Professor of Commercial Law and Regulation in the UNSW Business School.[2] In 2017 she was a member of the ASIC Enforcement Review Taskforce.[8] In 2018 she was an adviser to the Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry.[3]

Boards and appointments

Professor Hanrahan was appointed as a non-executive director of Landcom in 2018 and Deputy Chair of Landcom in 2022.[9][10]

She was elected as a member of the executive of the Business Law Section of the Law Council of Australia in 2017 and became Deputy Chair in 2021.[11]

She was appointed as a member of the Corporate Governance Committee of the Australian Institute of Company Directors in 2019.[12]


Hanrahan has published numerous articles and books on Australian corporate law and financial services regulation which include:

  • Securities and Financial Services Law (jointly) (10th edition 2021)  
  • Corporate Governance (jointly) (2017)  
  • Managed Investments Law and Practice (1999-)  
  • Funds Management in Australia: Officers’ Duties and Liabilities (2009)
  • Commercial Applications of Company Law (jointly) (23rd edition 2022)  
  • Commercial Applications of Company Law in Malaysia (jointly) (3rd edition 2008)
  • Commercial Applications of Company Law in New Zealand (jointly) (5th edition 2015)
  • Commercial Applications of Company Law in Singapore (jointly) (5th edition 2015)
  • Contemporary Issues in Corporate and Competition Law: Essays in Honour of Professor Robert Baxt AO (joint editor) (2018)

Personal life

Hanrahan is divorced and has a daughter and a son.


  1. "Professor Pamela Hanrahan - Business School - School of Management & Governance". University of New South Wales. 2022.
  2. "Who's Who in Business in Australia". 2022.
  3. Vickovich, Aleks (2020). "Hayne adviser blasts Frydenberg's FAR proposal". Australian Financial Review.
  4. Directory of Past Pupils of Loreto Mandeville Hall 1996 p 111
  5. "Presbyterian Ladies' College Melbourne Directory of Old Collegians". Presbyterian Ladies’ College Melbourne. 2000: 52. {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  6. Newman College Magazine 1986  
  7. "Australian Securities and Investments Commission Annual Report 2010-11".
  8. "The Treasury ASIC Enforcement Review Taskforce Report". Australian Government Department of Treasury. 2017.
  9. Landcom Annual Report 2020-21
  10. Board of Directors Landcom retrieved 9 April 2022
  11. Law Council of Australia BLS News 25 November 2021
  12. "National Committees". Australian Institute of Company Directors. Retrieved 9 April 2022.
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