- Deborah Healey
Associate Professor, Director - Corporate and Commercial Stream
LLB LLM (Hons) Syd
Deborah joined the Faculty of Law after practising extensively as a commercial lawyer with leading law firms. There her major focus was on competition law, and she advised clients on all aspects of the (now) Competition and Consumer Act, including consumer law. She also advised on sports law, with clients including sporting organisations, sportspeople and their commercial partners. Areas of advice included including governance, sponsorship and involved a multitude of other internal and commercial relationships.
At UNSW she has developed and teaches courses in Competition Law at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, including Asian Competition Law (taught with other regional experts), and Australian Consumer Law. Deborah also has developed and teaches in number of popular sports-related commercial LLM courses.
Deborah's current research focus is competition law, both in Australia, and in the developing competition law jurisdictions of China, Singapore and Hong Kong. She has taught in China and is regularly invited to address undergraduate and postgraduate students at leading universities in China and Hong Kong. She led research projects for the United Nations Committee on Trade and Development (UNCTAD): Competitive Neutrality in Developing Countries; and (jointly led with Professor Eleanor Fox of NYU) Competition Law and the State. Her article with Professor Fox, When the State Harms Competition-The Role for Competition Law 79 Antitrust Law Journal 769 (2014), was named Best Academic General Antitrust Article - 2015 at the Antitrust Writing Awards in Washington in April 2015. In 2015 she was invited to complete an independent review of the competition laws of Fiji and Papua New Guinea for UNCTAD as part of its Peer Review process.
Deborah’s research on sport and law focuses particularly in areas of governance in sport, sponsorship and anti-doping. She is editor of the Australia and New Zealand Sport Law Journal. Deborah has considerable experience as a sports tribunal chair and member, and has appeared before various tribunals including the Court of Arbitration for Sport. She has been a board member for significant state and national sporting organisations.
Deborah is widely published in Australia and overseas in competition law and sports law, and is a regular national and international conference presenter.
She is convenor of Corporate and Commercial studies in the LLM Programme and Chair of the Postgraduate Education Committee.
She was appointed as the first woman Board member of the New South Wales Rugby League in 2013. She was awarded Life Membership of the Australia and New Zealand Sport Law Association in 2015 for her contributions to the Association and to sport law scholarship. She is the first woman to receive this honour.
She is admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales and the Federal Court of Australia.
Areas of expertise
Competition law in Australia, Competition law in China, Singapore, Hong Kong, Sport and law including governance,sponsorship, broadcasting and anti-doping, Consumer law
Member, Law Society of New South Wales
Member Commonwealth Consumer Affairs Advisory Council
Member Academic Society of Competition Lawyers (ASCOLA)
Law School Representative Research Partnership Platform on Competition and Consumer Law, UN Competition Trade and Development Committee (UNCTAD)
Member, Asian Competition and Economic Law Centre, Hong Kong
Member, Centre for Law Markets and Regulation, UNSW
Member, International Bar Association
Life Member, Australia and New Zealand Sports Law Association Editor, Australian and New Zealand Sports Law Journal
Advisory Committee Member , International Sports Law Journal
Management Committee, Indigenous Law Centre
CCH Competition and Consumer Law Reporter, Consultant Author
Member, Appeal Tribunal, Football Federation of Australia
Former Board Member, Australian Baseball
Board Member, New South Wales Rugby League
Centre for International Finance and Regulation, Competition Law and Policy in Financial Services Regulation 2014-2015 (with Dr Rob Nicolls, Dr Marina Nehme)
Centre for International Finance and Regulation, The Chinese Anti-Monopoly Law: Lessons for Australian Banks and Chinese Regulators 2013-2014 (with Professor Zhang Chenying, Tsinghua University Beijing)
Hong Kong Research Grants Council contestable funding (with Professor Mark Williams) for three years, Hong Kong’s New Competition Law- Enforcement Strategy and Priority Sectors of Conduct: A Comparative Analysis
United Nations Trade and Development Committee (UNCTAD) to attend Research Partnership Platform (RPP) to present findings of two research projects 2013
Tsinghua University grant to visit and teach undergraduate course in Comparative Global Competition Law 2013
Asian Law Institute (ASLI) Fellowship, National University of Singapore, 2011
- Sports Sponsorship and Marketing (LAWS8083)
- Competition Law and Policy (LAWS8219)
- Competition Laws (LAWS3022)
- Asian Competition Law (LAWS8073)
- Australian Consumer Law (LAWS3137)
20 November 2015
20 November 2015
12 November 2015
1 October 2014
22 October 2012
6 August 2012