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Dr. Matt Nichol

Bachelor of Arts (Honours), Bachelor of Laws (Honours), Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice, Master of Laws, Doctor of Philosophy
Lecturer - Business Law
School of Business and Law
120 Spencer Street - Room 4.17
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About Me

Matt commenced at the School of Business and Law in January 2020. Previously taught law at a Melbourne business school for ten years and has been a visiting research fellow at Doshisha University and Osaka University in Japan. He teaches commercial law and governance and business law to undergraduate and postgraduate students and his prior teaching experience includes employment law, banking law, sports law, Asian law and comparative law. Matt's research focus is on sports law and he uses approaches to employment law and regulatory theory to examine contemporary issues the regulation of professional team sport. Specifically, Matt’s research uses several sports in Australia, the United States and Japan to examine labour regulation, labour mobility, wages, corporate governance, human rights, integrity and gender equity. In 2019 Edward Elgar published Matt's book titled 'Globalization, Sports Law and Labour Mobility: The Case of Professional in the United States and Japan'. Matt has also been involved in amateur and professional baseball in Australia for over 30 years as a player, junior coach and more recently administrator. As an administrator Matt was part of the baseball operations team at the Melbourne Aces in the Australian Baseball League, a tribunal member for Victorian amateur leagues and the Australian Baseball League and a director of the Melbourne Winter Baseball League Board and Baseball Victoria.

Universities Studied At

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) - RMIT University

Bachelor of Laws (Honours) - Victoria University

Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice - The Australian National University

Graduate Certificate in Academic Practice - Monash University

Master of Laws - The University of Sydney

Doctor of Philosophy - The University of Adelaide

Universities Worked At

Monash University, Doshisha University, Osaka University and Victoria University


Best paper award at the New Zealand Labour Law Association Conference 2017 - Paper titled ‘A Fair Day’s Work for a Fair Day’s Pay: Can Minor League Baseball Players Use Class Actions to Obtain a Fair Wage?’

Previous teaching

Sports law, employment law, banking/finance law, business/commercial law, comparative Asian law

Professional Experience

Matt has been involved in baseball in Melbourne for a number of years.  In recent years Matt has been a board member of the Melbourne Winter Baseball League, sat as a member of winter and summer league tribunals and performed various roles in baseball operations at the Melbourne Aces in the Australian Baseball League. Matt was appointed as a director of the Baseball Victoria Board in January 2021. Prior to becoming an academic Matt worked as a lawyer and in various corporate roles in Melbourne, the United States and Japan.

Professional Memberships

Lawyer of the Supreme Court of the Australian Capital Territory

Member of the Australian Labour Law Association, the Australian Network for Japanese Law, Australian and New Zealand Sports Law Association and Sports Management Association of Australia and New Zealand



Member of the editorial committee for the Australian and New Zealand Sports Law Journal

Recent Research Projects
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Research Supervision

I am currently accredited for supervision in the following:

  • 1801 Law

At the level of Associate Supervisor

Current Capacity
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Research Interests
Law And Legal Studies

Law - Comparative Law
Australia, United States and Japan

Law And Legal Studies

Law - Labour Law
Employment law, regulatory theory

Law And Legal Studies

Law - Sport and Leisure Management
Sports law

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