Dr Karen Lee
Lecturer - School of Law
Phone: +61 2 6773 2440
Dr Karen Lee rejoined the School of Law as a lecturer in January 2013 following two years at the ANU where she was a lecturer at the ANU College of Law (2011) and a Departmental Visitor at ANU's internationally acclaimed Regulatory Institutions Network (2012). She has also taught at UTS and Queen Mary, University of London. Prior to becoming an academic, she worked for Denton Wilde Sapte (London) in its TMT practice, where she specialised in telecommunications regulation. She was seconded to the Office of Telecommunications in 1998-1999 and to the Department of Trade and Industry is 2002. She is a graduate of the University of New South Wales (UNSW) and Indiana University Maurer School of Law and a qualified lawyer in New South Wales, Illinois and England and Wales. Her PhD, for which she received the UNSW Faculty of Law's PhD Excellence Award, involved an in-depth study of the legitimacy and responsiveness of industry rulemaking in the Australian telecommunications sector.
BA, JD (Indiana University Maurer School of Law – Bloomington); PostGradDip EC Competition Law (King's College, London); PhD (UNSW); Attorney-at-Law (Illinois); Solicitor (England and Wales); Lawyer (NSW).
Communications law; regulation; self-regulation; private legislatures; industry rulemaking; and the inter-play between competition law and regulation.
Awards and External Grants
- Special Mention, Giandomenico Majone Prize for Best Conference Paper Written and Presented by Early-Stage Researchers, at the ECPR Standing Group on Regulatory Governance's Sixth Biennial Conference on 'Between Collaboration and Contestation: Regulatory Governance in a Turbulent World', organised by Tilburg University, July 6 to 8, 2016.
- UNSW Faculty of Law's PhD Excellence Award
- Centre for Media and Communications Law (CMCL), University of Melbourne, Research Fellowship 2010.
- Co-author with Jamison Prime, 'US Telecommunications Law' in Ian Walden (ed), Telecommunications Law and Regulation (Oxford University Press, 4th ed, 2012) 187-274.
- 'United States' in Alasdair Grant and David Howarth (eds), Australian Telecommunications Regulation (CCH, 4th ed, 2012) 407-457.
- Co-author with Jamison Prime, 'US Telecommunications Law' in Ian Walden (ed), Telecommunications Law and Regulation (Oxford University Press, 3rd ed, 2009) 211-292.
- Co-author with Jamison Prime, 'Overview of US Telecommunications Regulation' in Ian Walden and John Angel (eds), Telecommunications Law and Regulation (Oxford University Press, 2nd ed, 2005) 501-586.
- Co-author with Jamison Prime, 'Overview of US Telecommunications Regulation' in Ian Walden and John Angel (eds), Telecommunications Law (Blackstone Press, 2001) 314-345.
Refereed journal articles and case notes
- ‘ACMA Varies Compliance and Monitoring Arrangements for the Telecommunications Consumer Protections Code’ (2017) 25 Australian Journal of Competition and Consumer Law 62-64
- 'Telstra's Structural Separation Undertaking: A Third Best Solution?' (2012) 20 Australian Journal of Competition and Consumer Law 45-52.
- 'New Pricing Principles Proposed for Declared Fixed Line Services' (2011) 19 Australian Journal of Competition and Consumer Law 52-56.
- 'The Reforms to Part XIB of the TPA: 21st Century Broadband?' (2010) 18 Trade Practices Law Journal 40-42.
- 'Counting the Casualties of Telecom: The Adoption of Part 6 of the Telecommunications Act 1997 (Cth)' (2009) 37 Federal Law Review 41-69.
- 'Public Engagement and the Installation of Wireless Facilities Exempt from Local Planning Requirements' (2007) 13(2) Local Government Law Journal 131-160.
- 'Creating a Level Playing Field or Expanding the Nanny State? Regulating the Content of Premium Rate SMS/MMS and Walled-Garden Services in Australia' (2006) 11(2) Media and Arts Law Review 99-128.
- 'Co-operative Standard-Setting: The Road to Compatibility or Deadlock? The NAFTA's Transformation of the Telecommunications Industry' (1996) 48 Federal Communications Law Journal 487-509.
Non-refereed articles and case notes
- 'Achieving Network Neutrality: Maintaining Competition Between Content and Application Providers' (2009) 17 Trade Practices Law Journal 133-139.
- 'Farmers: What Do You Own? Are Environmental Regulations Changing the Nature of Land Rights?' in Book 3 On Farming and Environmental Rules and On Agricultural Supply Chains of the AgLaw Papers (2004) 7-37.
- 'The Roaming Condition: Victory (At Last) For New Entrants' (1999) 17(10) International Media Law 73-76.
- 'ACLU v. Reno: An Endorsement of Internet Self-Regulation?' (1998) 9 King's College Law Journal 147, 150.
Non-refereed conference and seminar papers
- ‘The Procedural and Institutional Legitimacy of Industry Rulemaking’; and ‘Procedural and Institutional Legitimacy in the New Regulatory State’. Both papers were given at the ECPR Standing Group on Regulatory Governance’s Sixth Biennial Conference on ‘Between Collaboration and Contestation: Regulatory Governance in a Turbulent World’, organised by Tilburg Law School, on 7 July 2016.
- ‘The Procedural and Institutional Legitimacy of Part 6 Rulemaking’. This paper was presented at the Media and IP Law Conference hosted by the Melbourne Law School, University of Melbourne on 23 November 2015.
- 'The Rule of Law and Industry Rulemaking'. This paper was presented at RegNet (ANU) on 20 November 2012.
- 'Revisiting the Constitution of Private Governance: The ACIF Consumer Contracts Code'. This paper was presented on 29 March 2011 at the RegNet@10 Conference held at ANU.
- 'Revisiting the Constitution of Private Governance'. This paper was presented on 15 June 2010 at the Melbourne Law School, University of Melbourne.
- 'Legitimating Self-Regulatory Rulemaking: Part 6 of the Telecommunications Act 1997 (Cth)'. This paper was presented on 22 October 2008 to academic staff and postgraduate students at the Institute of Computer and Communications Law in the Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary, University of London.
- 'A Kick in the Backside': The Adoption of Part 6 of the Telecommunications Act 1997 (Cth). This paper was given at the 26th Annual Australian and New Zealand Law and History Society Conference held on 21–23 September 2007 at the School of Law, University of New England.
- 'Self-Regulation, Public Engagement and the Installation of Wireless Facilities Exempt from Local Planning Requirements'. This paper was presented as part of the Macquarie Law seminar series 2007 A Place at the Table: Regulation Reconceived on 7 June 2007.
- 'Creating a Level Playing Field or Expanding the Nanny State? Regulating the Content of Premium Rate SMS/MMS and Walled-Garden Services in Australia'. This was presented at the MediaCommLaw 2005 conference hosted by the Centre for Media and Communications Law (CMCL) at the University of Melbourne on 1-2 December 2005.
- Member of ACMA's specialist expert resource list in the areas of rural and remote issues, 2006 to 2008.
- Submission dated 9 September 2005 to the Senate Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts Committee on the Telstra (Transition to Full Private Ownership) Bill 2005 and Related Bills.
- Presentation entitled "Universal Service and Broadband: Telstra's Obligations post-T3" to an open public meeting organised by the Australian National Party (Armidale), 20 April 2005.
- Co-author with Nicholas Higham, Spectrum Trading, An Overview of Developments in the UK, Denton Wilde Sapte client briefing, August 2001 (12 pages).
- Senior Managing Editor, Federal Communications Law Journal, August 1995-May 1996.
Communications & Media Law Association
Australian Computer Society/Telecommunications Society of Australia
Law Society of New South Wales (Associate Member)