Dr Karen Lee is a specialist in communications regulation and a senior lecturer in the Faculty of Law at University of Technology Sydney. 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, in 2019, she completed 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.