Professor Alex Steel

Professor Alex Steel researches and teaches in legal education and criminal law. 

His legal education publications range across the pedagogy and regulation of legal education, curriculum design, assessment practices and student wellbeing.  He was member of the nationally funded Smart Casual project which developed online professional development for sessional law teachers (www.smartlawteacher.org).  He has been a Consultant to the Australian Law School Standards Committee and a co-convenor of the Legal Education Associate Deans Network. Alex is an Editor of the Legal Education Review, an Executive Member of the Australian Legal Academics Association and the Academic Member of the NSW Bar Association's Education Committee.  He blogs on legal education issues via http://lawschoolvibe.wordpress.com

In the criminal law field he has published widely on property and dishonesty and identity crimes.  Alex has also produced detailed law reform reports for Government and makes regular submissions to law reform bodies. Alex is a member of the Criminal Law Committee of the NSW Bar Association and has been an expert advisor to the NSW Law Reform Commission.  He was previously a Consultant to the NSW Attorney General's Department, Criminal Law Review Division. He regularly comments on criminal law matters in the media.

Alex is an inaugural UNSW Scientia Education Fellow, and Deputy Director of the Scientia Education Academy (2018-).  He has received a Commonwealth Government Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning (2015); the LexisNexis ALTA Major Award for Excellence and Innovation in the Teaching of Law: Highly Commended (2013); Faculty of Law Award for Outstanding Research in Learning and Teaching (2013); Vice Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence (2008); a UNSW Learning and Teaching Award (2005/6) and an Innovative Teaching and Educational Technology Fellowship (2003). As a member of the Smart Casual team he was a Finalist in the 2017 Legal Innovation Index.

He was Associate Dean (Education) (2009 - 2013) and Associate Dean (Academic) (2014-2016). He is an elected member of the UNSW Academic Board.

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Book Chapters

Steel A, 2018, 'Reflections on Approaches to Drafting Regulatory Standards:Finding Ways to Quicken, Not Deaden, the Spirit of Legal Education', in The Future of Australian Legal Education, https://legal.thomsonreuters.com.au/the-future-of-australian-legal-education/productdetail/126538

Steel A, 2016, 'Shaking the foundations: criminal law as a means of critiquing the assumptions of the centrality of doctrine in law', in Gledhill K;Livings B (ed.), The Teaching of Criminal Law: The Pedagogical Imperatives, edn. Legal Pedagogy, Routledge, pp. 104 - 115

Steel A;Huggins A, 2016, 'Law Student Lifestyle Pressures', in Duffy J;Field R;James C (ed.), Promoting Law Student and Lawyer Well-Being in Australia and Beyond, Ashgate, pp. 50 - 66

Steel AD;Huggins A, 2016, 'The Relationship Between Class Participation and Law Students’ Learning, Engagement and Stress: Do Demographics Matter?', in Duffy J;Field R;James C (ed.), Promoting Law Student and Lawyer Well-Being in Australia and Beyond, Ashgate, pp. 67 - 78

Steel A, 2015, 'Criminalisation and Technology: What’s the Harm of Using Mobile Phones While Driving?', in Loughnan A;Crofts T (ed.), Criminalisation and Criminal Responsibility in Australia, Oxford University Press

Steel AD;schwartz M, 2014, 'Broader Social Context as a Lens for Learning: Teaching Criminal Law', in Disciplines: The Lenses of Learning, Common Ground, USA, pp. 9 - 24

Steel AD;Fitzsimmon D, 2013, 'Assessing Problem based and Experiential Learning: Answering Legal Problem Questions in a Grid Format', in Coleman K;Flood A (ed.), Marking Time: Leading and Managing the Development of Assessment in Higher Education, Common Ground Publishing LLC, Champaign, Illinois

Steel AD, 2013, 'The Law School and the Assessment Project', in Marshall S;Henry R;Ramburuth P (ed.), Improving Assessment in Higher Education, UNSW Press, Sydney, pp. 189 - 207

Steel A;Fitzsimmons D, 2013, 'Answering Legal Problem Questions in a Grid Format', in Marking Time: Leading and Managing the Development of Assessment in Higher Education, Common Ground Publishing

Steel AD, 1997, 'The Trade Practices Act and consumer protection ~ Business and competitive trading', in Business, society and the law (2nd ed), edn. Original, Harcourt Brace, Sydney, pp. 178 ~ 192 - 191 ~ 208

Books

Schwartz M;Brown D;Farrier D;McNamara L;Steel A;Grewcock M;Quilter J;Schwartz M, 2015, Criminal Laws: Materials and Commentary on Criminal Law and Process of New South Wales, 6th Edition, The Federation Press, Sydney

Cunneen C;Baldry E;Brown D;Schwartz M;Steel A;Brown M, 2013, Penal culture and hyperincarceration: The revival of the prison

Brown DB;Farrier D;Egger SJ;McNamara L;Steel AD;Grewcock ;Spears, 2011, Criminal Laws: Materials and Commentary on Criminal Law and Process of New South Wales, 5, Federation Press, Sydney, http://www.federationpress.com.au/bookstore/book.asp?isbn=9781862878174

Conference Papers

Israel M;Skead N;Heath M;Hewitt A;Galloway K;Steel A, 2016, 'Interaction and diversity in the Australian law classroom', in Research and Development in Higher Education: The Shape of Higher Education, HERDSA, Fremantle, Australia, pp. 127 - 136, presented at 39th HERDSA Annual International Conference, Fremantle, Australia, 04 - 07 July 2016, http://herdsa.org.au/publications/conference-proceedings/research-and-development-higher-education-shape-higher-12

Steel AD, 2009, 'Bail in Australia: legislative introduction and amendment since 1970', in Australian and New Zealand Critical Criminology Conference 2009 Proceedings, Criminology, School of Political and Social Inquiry, Faculty of Arts, Monash University, Monash University, Victoria, presented at 3rd Annual Australian and New Zealand Critical Criminology Conference, Monash University, Victoria, 08 - 09 July 2009, http://works.bepress.com/alex_steel/18/

Jamieson R;Land L;Sarre R;Steel A;Stephens G;Winchester D, 2008, 'Defining identity crimes', in ACIS 2008 Proceedings - 19th Australasian Conference on Information Systems, pp. 442 - 451

Steel AD, 2006, 'General Fraud Offences in Australia', in 2006 Annual Australasian Law Teachers Association Conference: "Legal Knowledge: Learning, Communicating and Doing", Australasian Law Teachers` Association Conference 2006, Melbourne, presented at Australasian Law Teachers` Association Conference 2006, Melbourne, 04 - 07 July 2006

Conference Posters

Steel AD;Huggins, Anna, 2012, 'Articulating and assessing UNSW Law graduate’s knowledge, skills and qualities', UNSW, pp. 31 - 32, presented at UNSW Learning and Teaching Forum, UNSW, 11 - 11 May 2012, https://docs.google.com/file/d/0BzBa-7dgHH4sNmVZMUIzeVR6SW8/edit

Creative Written Works

Hewitt A;Galloway K;Heath M;Israel M;Skead N;Steel AD, 2016, Ethics and Professionalism, Ethics and Professionalism

Galloway K;Heath M;Hewitt A;Skead N;Israel M;Steel AD, 2016, Critical Legal Thinking, Critical Legal Thinking

skead N;Galloway K;Heath M;Hewitt A;Israel M;Steel AD, 2016, Wellbeing in Law, Wellbeing in Law

Heath M;Hewitt A;Galloway K;Israel M;Skead N;Steel A, 2016, Problem Solving, Smart casual

Hewitt A;Galloway K;Health M;Israel M;Skead N;Steel A, 2016, Engagement, Smart casual

Israel M;Skead N;Galloway K;Heath M;Hewitt A;Steel A, 2016, Feedback, Smart casual

Steel AD;Galloway K;Heath M;Hewitt A;Israel M;Skead N, 2016, Reading Law, Reading Law

Galloway K;Heath M;Hewitt A;Israel M;Skead N;Steel A, 2015, Critical Legal Thinking, Smart casual

Fairhurst C, 1978, Communication and collaboration, Underground Space

Journal articles

Steel A, 2019, 'Succeed, question, repeat: threshold concepts and variation theory in understanding how law students build competency', Law Teacher, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03069400.2018.1551765

Heath M;Galloway K;Skead N;Steel A;Israel M, 2017, 'Learning to feel like a lawyer: law teachers, sessional teaching and emotional labour in legal education', Griffith Law Review, vol. 26, pp. 430 - 457, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10383441.2017.1406791

Steel A;Galloway K;Heath M;Skead N;Israel M;Hewitt A, 2017, 'Critical Legal Reading: The Elements, Strategies and Dispositions Needed to Master this Essential Skill', Legal Education Review, vol. 26, pp. 9 - 9, http://epublications.bond.edu.au/ler/vol26/iss1/9/

Galloway K;Heath M;Steel A;Hewitt A;Israel M;Hewitt A;Skead N, 2017, 'Working The Nexus: Teaching Students To Think, Read And Problem-Solve Like A Lawyer', Legal Education Review, vol. 26, pp. 95 - 114

Steel A, 2017, 'Contract cheating: Will students pay for serious criminal consequences?', Alternative Law Journal, vol. 42, pp. 123 - 129, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1037969X17710627

Israel M;Skead N;Heath M;Hewitt A;Galloway K;Steel A, 2017, 'Fostering “Quiet Inclusion”: Interaction and Diversity in the Australian Law Classroom', Journal of Legal Education, vol. 66, pp. 332 - 332, http://jle.aals.org/home/vol66/iss2/7

Picker C;Lixinski L;Steel A;Fitzsimmons D, 2016, 'COMPARATIVE PERSPECTIVES ON TEACHING FOREIGN STUDENTS IN LAW: PEDAGOGICAL, SUBSTANTIVE, LOGISTICAL AND CONCEPTUAL CHALLENGES', LEGAL EDUCATION REVIEW, vol. 26, pp. 161 - 185, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000404469100008&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a

Steel AD;Huggins A;Laurens J, 2014, 'Valuable Learning, Unwelcome Assessment: What LLB and JD Students Really Think about Group Work', The Sydney Law Review, vol. 36, pp. 291 - 321, http://sydney.edu.au/law/slr/slr_36/slr36_2.shtml

Steel AD, 2014, 'Enforcing A Cone Of Silence: Difficulties With Using Criminal Law To Limit Mobile Phone Use In Vehicles In An Environment Of Technological Change', Criminal Law Journal, vol. 38, pp. 307 - 324, http://www.westlaw.com.au/maf/wlau/app/document?docguid=I4ec7b9ac422611e48bd0845ffcf2b2e6&tocDs=AUNZ_AU_JOURNALS_TOC&isTocNav=true&startChunk=1&endChunk=1

Huggins AL;Steel A;Laurens J, 2013, 'Works Well With Others’: Examining The Different Types Of Small Group Learning Approaches And Their Implications For Law', Journal of the Australasian Law Teachers Association, vol. 6, pp. 1 - 12, http://www.alta.edu.au/jalta.aspx

Steel AD, 2013, 'Clarifying assessment: developing official Typologies and instructions for forms of Assessment in law', Journal of the Australasian Law Teachers Association, vol. 6, pp. 121 - 132, http://www.alta.edu.au/jalta.aspx

Steel AD;Huggins A, 2013, 'Class participation as a learning amd assessment strategy in law: faciliating student's engagement, skills development and deep learning', University of New South Wales Law Journal, vol. 36, pp. 30 - 55, http://www.unswlawjournal.unsw.edu.au/

Steel A, 2013, 'LSSSE in Australia: The UNSW Results', Available at SSRN 2304219, http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/Delivery.cfm?abstractid=2304219

Jamieson R;Wee Land LP;Winchester D;Stephens G;Steel A;Maurushat A;Sarre R, 2012, 'Addressing identity crime in crime management information systems: Definitions, classification, and empirics', Computer Law and Security Review, vol. 28, pp. 381 - 395, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.clsr.2012.03.013

Steel AD, 2011, 'Both giving and taking: Should misuse of ATMs and electronic payment systems be theft, fraud or neither?', Criminal Law Journal, vol. 35, pp. 202 - 222, http://legalonline.thomson.com.au.wwwproxy0.library.unsw.edu.au/jour/resultDetailed.jsp?curRequestedHref=journals/CRIMLJ/volumes/35&contentSourceHref=journals/CRIMLJ/volumes/35/parts/4/articles/202/fu

Steel AD, 2010, 'Describing Dishonest Means: The Implications Of Seeing Dishonesty As A Course Of Conduct Or Mental Element and the Parallels with Indecency', Adelaide Law Review, vol. 31, pp. 7 - 45, http://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=20104326;res=AGISPT

Steel AD, 2010, 'New Zealand's Approach to Dishonesty', New Zealand Law Journal, vol. 2010, pp. 236 - 240, http://works.bepress.com/alex_steel/20/

Steel AD, 2010, 'The True Identity of Australian Identity Theft Offences: A Measured Response or an Unjustified Status Offence?', University of New South Wales Law Journal, vol. 33, pp. 503 - 531, http://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=680104432538320;res=IELHSS

Steel AD, 2009, 'The meanings of dishonesty in theft', Common Law World Review, vol. 38, pp. 103 - 136

Steel AD, 2009, 'What's to know? The mental element in the Cartel Offence', UNSW Law Journal, vol. 32, pp. 216 - 266

Steel AD, 2008, 'The Harms and Wrongs of Stealing:The Harm Principle and Dishonesty in Theft', University of New South Wales Law Journal, vol. 31, pp. 712 - 737

Steel AD, 2008, 'Permanent Borrowing and Lending: A New View of Section 6 Theft Act 1968', Nottingham Law Journal, vol. 17, pp. 3 - 24

Steel AD, 2008, 'Taking Possession: The Defining Element or Theft?', Melbourne University Law Review, vol. 32, pp. 1030 - 1064

Steel AD, 2008, 'Problematic and Unnecessary? Issues with the Use of the Theft Offence to Protect Intangible Property', Sydney Law Review, vol. 30, pp. 575 - 614

Steel AD, 2007, 'Money for Nothing, Cheques or Free? The meaning of ¿Financial Advantage¿ in Fraud Offences', Melbourne University Law Review, vol. 31, pp. 201 - 238

Steel AD, 2003, 'Consorting in New South Wales: Substantive Offence or Police Power?', University of New South Wales Law Journal, vol. 26, pp. 567 - 602

Steel AD, 2002, 'Vaguely Going Where No-one has Gone: the Expansive New Computer Access Offences', Criminal Law Journal, vol. 26, pp. 72 - 97

Steel AD, 2001, 'From Hard Labour to Spies v The Queen: Prosecuting Corporate Officers under the Crimes Act', Australian Law Journal, pp. 479 - 503

Steel AD, 2000, 'The appropriate test for dishonesty', Criminal Law Journal, pp. 46

Steel AD, 1999, 'Intertextuality and legal judgments (1998)', Macarthur Law Review, pp. 87 - 108

Steel AD;Tolhurst GJ, 1999, 'The characterisation of rights and things as property: Parsons v R', Commercial Law Quarterly, vol. 13, pp. 32 - 36

Steel AD, 1999, 'A non-material form of copyright: The strange history of lecturer`s copyright (1999)', Australian Journal of Legal History, pp. 185 - 220

Steel AD, 1997, 'Mine fields or meadows? Underneath the surface of the mansfield report', Media International Australia, pp. 74 - 81

Steel AD, 1997, 'Aunty`s new fitness regime: The mansfield prescription for long life and happiness for the ABC', Media and Arts Law Review, vol. 2, pp. 3 - 15

Steel AD, 1997, 'Williams, Robyn, normal services won`t be resumed: The future of public broadcasting', Media International Australia, pp. 152

Steel AD, 1996, 'Amalgamated Television Services Pty Ltd v Foxtel Digital Cable Television Pty Ltd', Media and Arts Law Review, vol. 1, pp. 127 - 129

Steel AD, 1996, 'Re-transmission: free to air or free for all', Media and Arts Law Review, vol. 1, pp. 5 - 16

Other

Steel A, 2018, Submission to Exposure Bill on Strengthening Penalties for Corporate and Financial Sector Misconduct, AISC Enforcement Review

Steel A, 2017, Submission to Strengthening Penalties for Corporate and Financial Sector Misconduct, AISC Enforcement Review, https://static.treasury.gov.au/uploads/sites/1/2017/12/UNSW-Steel.pdf

Reports

Steel A;Heath M;Hewitt A;Galloway K;Israel M;Skead N, 2018, Smart casual : towards excellence in sessional teaching in law : final report 2018., Australian Office of Learning and Teaching, https://ltr.edu.au/

Barnes J;Dharmananda J;Goldsworthy J;Steel A, 2015, CALD Good Practice Guide for Teaching Statutory Interpretation, Council of Australian Law Deans, http://www.cald.asn.au/assets/lists/Resources/GPGSI-June15.pdf

Stubbs J;Steel A;Gibbon H;Young C, 2013, Submission to the NSW Government on the Exposure Draft Bill Crimes Amendment (Provocation) Bill 2013, NSW Government

Steel AD, 2013, Teaching Law in Broader Contexts: Good Practice Guide (Bachelor of Laws), Threshold Learning Outcome 1(b), Australian Learning and Teaching Council, Australia, http://www.lawteachnetwork.org/resources/gpg-broadercontexts.pdf

Schwartz M;Baldry E;Cunneen C;Brown D;Brown M;Steel A, 2011, Submission to the NSW Law Reform Commission review of the Bail Act NSW (1978), Australia

Stubbs J;Steel A, 2010, Submission on the Review of the Bail Act and Draft Bail Bill 2010, Australia

Steel AD, 2007, From Larceny to Theft: Reform of property offences in New South Wales based on the Model Code/Theft Act Approach, From Larceny to Theft: Reform of property offences in New South Wales based on the Model Code/Theft Act Approach

Steel AD, 2004, Redefining Fraud: Proposed Reform of Fraud Offences in New South Wales based on the Model Code/Theft Act Approach, Criminal Law Review Division, NSW Attorney General's Dept, Redefining Fraud: Proposed Reform of Fraud Offences in New South Wales based on the Model Code/Theft Act Approach