Professor Deborah Healey

Available for Postgraduate Research Supervision

Deborah Healey is a Professor at UNSW Law and a Director ot the Herbert Smith Freehills China International Business and Economic Law Centre. She is also a member of the Centre for Law, Markets and Regulation. Her research and teaching focus on competition law and policy in Australia, China, Hong Kong and the ASEAN nations and she has written widely in them over a long period of time. She is a regular visitor to those jurisdictions to research and teach. Within the area of competition law, she is particularly interested in the role of government in the market, both in Australia and internationally; merger regulation; competition in banking and finance; and the digital economy. Deborah has undertaken substantial research  in the development of the Anti-Monopoly Law of China against the background of its political economy and has written widely alone and with Chinese co-authors and in material translated into Chinese. She has consulted with, and completed research projects for, UNCTAD, OECD and ASEAN, She is a Non-Government Adviser to the International Competition Network and a member of the Law Council of Australia Competition Law Committee.

Deborah is also widely published in sports law, is a Life Member of the Australia and New Zealand Sport Law Association, an Co-editor of the Australia and New Zealand Sport Law Journal.

She spent many years in commercial practice in Australia with large firms and is admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales and the Federal Court of Australia.

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Healey DJ, 2009, Sport and the Law, 4th, UNSW Press, Sydney

Healey DJ, 2005, Sport and the Law, 3rd, University of New South Wales Press, Sydney

Journal articles

Healey D, 2018, 'Antitrust regimes in the Pacific Region: Introduction', Concurrences, vol. 2018

Healey D; Coles J, 2018, 'From "Carries on Business' to 'In Trade Or Commerce": Efficiency in Government or Semantic Endeavour?', Competition and Consumer Law Journal, vol. 26, pp. 47 - 81

Healey D; Smith R, 2018, 'Competitive Neutrality in Australia:Opportunity for Policy Development', Competition and Consumer Law Journal, vol. 25, pp. 223 - 248

Healey D; Zhang C; Coles J, 2017, 'Sustaining the Status Quo: The Use of Conditions in Chinese Merger Clearance', Tsinghua China Law Review, vol. 10, pp. 1 - 32

Healey D; Nicholls RJ, 2017, 'Enhancing Competition: Challenges for Australian Retail Banking', Journal of Banking and Finance: Law and Practice, vol. 28, pp. 48 - 71,

Healey DJ, 2017, 'Bank Mergers in China: What Role for Competition?', Asian Journal of Comparative Law, vol. 12, pp. 81 - 114,

Healey DJ; Nicholls R, 2016, 'Should Stability Reign? The Consumer Downside of Foregone Competition in Retain Banking Markets', Banking and Finance Law Review, vol. 32, pp. 69 - 101,

Healey DJ; Young Y, 2016, 'Competition Regimes in Singapore and Hong Kong: A Product of Idiosyncratic Attributes of Small Market Economies?', Journal of Business Law

Healey DJ, 2014, 'Mergers in China: What's the Story?', Australian Law Journal, pp. 92 - 95


Healey DJ, 2013, 'Competition Law Compliance in Australia: Diverse Strategies for the Regulator and Business', Economic Law Review, vol. 25, pp. 371 - 393

Healey DJ, 2012, 'Strange Bedfellows or Soulmates: A Comparison of Merger Regulation in China and Australia', Asian Journal of Comparative Law, vol. 7, pp. 1 - 40,

Healey D, 2012, 'Governance in Sport: Outside the Box?', ECONOMIC AND LABOUR RELATIONS REVIEW, vol. 23, pp. 39 - 60,

Healey DJ, 2012, 'Application of Competition Laws to Government in Asia', KLRI Journal of Law and Legislation, vol. 2, pp. 57 - 97

Healey DJ, 2009, 'Third Line Forcing: Has the problem gone away?', University of New South Wales Law Journal, vol. 32, pp. 249 - 262

Healey DJ, 2008, 'An Anti-monopoly Law for China: Weapon or Mirage?', Competition and Consumer Law Journal, vol. 16, pp. 220 - 245

Healey DJ, 2007, 'A bridge too far: risk, warning signs and negligence', Australian Civil Liability, vol. 4, pp. 84

Orchard JW; Fricker PA; White SL; Burke LM; Healey DJ, 2006, '4. The use and misuse of performance-enhancing substances in sport', Medical Journal of Australia, vol. 184, pp. 132 - 136

Healey DJ, 2006, 'The court as referee in sport: what are the limits?', Reform: a journal of national and international law reform, vol. 88, pp. 39 - 41

Healey DJ, 2006, 'Sport and the law: how do they work together?', Legal Date, vol. 18, pp. 1 - 3

Healey DJ, 2006, 'Warnings and Exclusions Post Personal Responsibility', Australian and New Zealand Sports Law Journal, vol. 1, pp. 7 - 41

Healey DJ, 2006, 'Warnings and waivers in recreation', Australian Civil Liability, vol. 3, pp. 37 - 40

Healey DJ, 2006, 'Risk in recreation: interpretation of the rules', Australian Civil Liability, vol. 3, pp. 25 - 29

Orchard JW; Fricker PA; White S; Burke L; Healey DJ, 2006, 'The use and abuse of performance-enhancing substances in sport', Medical Journal of Australia, vol. 184, pp. 244 - 248

Healey DJ, 2003, 'The ACCC and the media: Improving the ratings', University of New South Wales Law Journal, vol. 26, pp. 305 - 314

Book Chapters

Healey D, 2019, 'Competitive Neutrality and the Role of Competition Authorities: a Glance at Experiences in Europe and Asia-Pacific', in Burnier Da Silviera P; Kovacic W (ed.),

Healey D; Coles J, 2018, 'Government, the market and the Level Playing Field:Covering All the Bases', in Hanrahan P; Black A (ed.), , Reed International Books Australia Pty Ltd trading as LexisNexis, Australia, pp. 141 - 162

Healey DJ, 2016, 'The Myth of the Level Playing Field in Sport', in Haas U; Healey D (ed.), Doping in Sport and the Law, Bloomsbury Publishing, pp. 3 - 17,

Healey DJ, 2015, 'Competitive Neutrality: Addressing Government Advantage in Australian Markets', in State-Initiated Restraints of Competition, Edward Elgar Publishing, pp. 3 - 39,

Healey DJ, 2015, 'Mergers and Conditions in China: Caution, Control, or Industrial Policy?', in Toohey L; Picker C; Greenacre J (ed.), China in the International Economic Order: New Directions and Changing Paradigms, Cambridge University Press, UK, pp. 245 - 267,

Healey DJ, 2014, 'Competitive Neutrality: The Concept', in Healey DJ (ed.), Competitive Neutrality and its Application in Selected Developing Countries, edn. UNCTAD Partnership Platform Series, UNCTAD, Geneva, pp. 10 - 32

Healey DJ, 2014, 'Australian experience with competition law: the state as a market actor', in Cheng T; Lianos I; Sokol DD (ed.), Competition and the State, Stanford University Press, pp. 205 - 223,

Healey DJ, 2013, 'Exchange and integration of modern legal systems: Competition and Merger Law in China & Australia', in Fusion of Contemporary legal dealings with the law, Chinese Law and Politics University Press, China, pp. 384 - 404

Healey DJ, 2013, 'Australia', in Williams M (ed.), The Political Economy of Competition Law in Asia, edn. Original, Edward Elgar, UK, pp. 344 - 378,

Healey DJ, 2012, 'China’s Anti-Monopoly Law: Agent of Competition or Engine of Industrial Policy? Comments on paper of Professor Wang and Jessica Su', in Zimmer D (ed.), Goals of Competition law, edn. Original, Edward Elgar, UK, pp. 398 - 408

Healey DJ, 2011, 'A comparative look at the competition law control of state-owned enterprises and government in China', in Drexl J; Grimes WS; Jones CA; Peritz RJ R; Swaine ET (ed.), More Common Ground for International Competition Law, Edward Elgar, pp. 122 - 147,

Healey DJ, 2008, 'Seven Loses the football: why all the fuss?', in Essays in Sport and Law, edn. 1, ASSH Studies, Melbourne, pp. 11 - 23

Terry AL; Giles S; Redfern M, 1999, 'Misleading or deceptive conduct', in Franchising Law and Practice, edn. Original, pp. 100,011 - 100,183


Healey D, 2019, Updating 2012 ASEAN Regional Capacity Building Roadmap, Report for ASEAN, CLIP Phase II of the AANZFTA Economic Coopearion Work Programme (ECWP) (2017), ASEAN, ASEAN website

Healey DJ, 2015, Competition Law and the State: Competition Laws' Prohibitions of Anti-Competitive State Acts and Measures Vols 1 and 2, United Nations Committee on Trade and Development

Healey DJ, 2015, Bipartite Peer Review of Competition Law and Policy:Fiji and Papua New Guinea, United Nations Committee on Trade and Development, Geneva

Healey DJ, 2014, The Chinese Anti-Monopoly Law:Lessons for Australian banks and Chinese Regulators, Centre for International Financial Regulation


Conference Papers

Healey D, 2018, 'Competition Law and State-Owned Enterprises', Paris, presented at OECD Global Forum on Competition, Paris, 29 November 2018 - 30 November 2018

Healey DJ, 2008, 'Competition Law and Enforcement: the Australian Experience', in Qaqaya H; Lipimile G (ed.), The effects of anti-competitive business practices on developing countries and their development prospects, United Nations Conference on Trade & Development, Geneva, pp. 463 - 495, presented at United Nations Conference on Trade & Development, Geneva, -

Healey DJ, 2007, 'Competition law and government bodies: the Australian experience', in 3rd Asian Competition Forum, 3rd Asian Competition Forum, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, presented at 3rd Asian Competition Forum, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, 11 December 2007

Competition Law and Policy in Australia , China,  Hong Kong and ASEAN jurisdictions

Sport and Law: contracts (sponsorship, employment, rules); Governance; Injuries and Liability, Discrimination, Tribunals, Selection, Doping

Consumer Law.

Teaching Activity


Deborah teaches the following courses:

Competition Law( LAWS3022; JURD7522)

Competition Law and Policy (LAWS8219;JURD7419)

Global Issues in Competition Law and Policy (LAWS8203;JURD7603)

Asian Competition Law (LAWS8073)

Australian Consumer Law (LAWS3137; JURD7337)