Dr Karen Lee joined the UTS Faculty of Law in June 2019. She is a specialist in communications regulation. Her PhD, for which she received the UNSW Faculty of Law’s PhD Research Excellence Award, involved an in-depth study of the development of three telecommunications consumer codes by working committees of the Communications Alliance – the peak self-regulatory body in the Australian telecommunications sector. Her book The Legitimacy and Responsiveness of Industry Rule-making, which was based on her thesis, was published by Hart Publishing in September 2018. She has also published in the Federal Law Review, the Media and Arts Law Review and the Australian Journal of Competition and Consumer Law; and is a contributor to Australian Telecommunications Regulation, edited by Alasdair Grant and David Howarth, and Telecommunications Law and Regulation, edited by Professor Ian Walden. In 2018, she received a visiting scholar fellowship to the EUI from the Australian European University Institute Fellowship Association. With Dr Derek Wilding at UTS, she is working on a research project, funded by the Australian Communications Consumer Action Network, examining consumer and public engagement in industry rule-making in a converged communications environment.
Prior to becoming an academic, Karen worked as a solicitor for Denton Wilde Sapte (now Dentons) (London) in its TMT practice.
Awards and Fellowships
Australian European University Institute Fellowship Association Inc (AEUIFAI) Visiting Scholar Fellowship (2018)
Special Mention, Giandomenico Majone Prize for Best Conference Paper Written and Presented by Early-Stage Researchers, at the sixth biennial conference of the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR)’s Standing Group on Regulatory Governance, July 6 to 8, 2016
UNSW Faculty of Law's PhD Excellence Award (2017)
Research Fellowship, Centre for Media and Communications Law, University of Melbourne (2010)
Legal Practice Qualifications
Admitted to the Illinois State Bar (1996)
Admitted to practice as a Solicitor in England and Wales (1998)
Admitted as a lawyer in the Supreme Court of New South Wales (2006)
Communications & Media Law Association
Telecommunications Society of Australia
Law Society of New South Wales (Associate Member)
Can supervise: YES
Regulation and governance, industry rule-making, self- and co-regulation, communications and technology law
Lee, K 2017, 'ACMA Varies Compliance and Monitoring Arrangements for the Telecommunications Consumer Protections Code', Australian Journal of Competition and Consumer Law, vol. 25, pp. 62-64.View/Download from: UTS OPUS
Lee, K 2012, 'Telstra's Structural Separation Undertaking: A Third Best Solution?', Australian Journal of Competition and Consumer Law, vol. 20, pp. 45-52.
Lee, K 2011, 'New Pricing Principles Proposed for Declared Fixed Line Services', Australian Journal of Competition and Consumer Law, vol. 19, pp. 52-56.
Lee, K 2010, 'The Reforms to Part XIB of the TPA: 21st Century Broadband?', Trade Practices Law Journal, vol. 18, pp. 40-42.
Lee, K 2009, ''Counting the Casualties of Telecom: The Adoption of Part 6 of the Telecommunications Act 1997 (Cth)', Federal Law Review, vol. 37, pp. 41-69.
Lee, K 2009, 'Achieving Network Neutrality: Maintaining Competition Between Content and Application Providers', Trade Practices Law Journal, vol. 17, pp. 133-139.
Lee, K 2007, 'Public Engagement and the Installation of Wireless Facilities Exempt from Local Planning Requirements', Local Government Law Journal, vol. 13, pp. 131-160.
Lee, K 2006, ''Creating a Level Playing Field or Expanding the Nanny State? Regulating the Content of Premium Rate SMS/MMS and Walled-Garden Services in Australia', Media and Arts Law Review, vol. 11, pp. 99-128.
Lee, K 2004, 'Farmers: What Do You Own? Are Environmental Regulations Changing the Nature of Land Rights?', On Farming and Environmental Rules and on Agricultural Supply Chains, AgLaw Papers, pp. 7-37.
Lee, K 1999, 'The Roaming Condition: Victory (At Last) for New Entrants', International Media Law, vol. 17, no. 10, pp. 73-76.
Lee, K 1998, 'ACLU v Reno: An Endorsement of Internet Self-Regulation?', King's College Law Journal, vol. 9, pp. 147-150.
Lee, K 1996, 'Co-operative Standard-Setting: The Road to Compatibility or Deadlock? The NAFTA's Transformation of the Telecommunications Industry', Federal Communications Law Journal, vol. 48, pp. 487-509.
Lee, K & Prime, J 2012, 'US Telecommunications Law' in Walden, I (ed), Telecommunications Law and Regulation, Oxford University Press, Oxford, pp. 187-274.
Lee, K 2012, 'United States' in Grant, A & Howarth, D (eds), Australian Telecommunications Regulation, CCH, pp. 407-457.
Lee, K & Prime, J 2005, 'Overview of US Telecommunications Law' in Walden, I & Angel, J (eds), Telecommunications Law and Regulation, Oxford University Press, Oxford, pp. 501-586.
Lee, K & Prime, J 2001, 'Overview of US Telecommunications Regulation' in Walden, I & Angel, J (eds), Telecommunications Law, Blackstone Press, London, pp. 314-345.
Lee, K, 'Submission dated 25 November 2016 to the Department of Communications and the Arts on Consumer Representation: Review of Section 593 of the Telecommunications Act 1997 (Cth).'.
Lee, K, '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.'.