Associate Professor Stacey Steele

Associate Director (Japan), Asian Law Centre

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Stacey Steele is an academic and practicing lawyer specialising in financial services, privacy and data protection.

Stacey is A/Professor at Melbourne Law School and A/Director (Japan) at the Asian Law Centre, University of Melbourne. Stacey joined the Centre in 1997 as a research associate and was appointed A/Director (Japan) in January 2002. Stacey has taught Insolvency Law and Corporate Banking and Finance Law, as well as Issues in Japanese Law and in graduate subjects offered by the Centre. She pioneered a short-course study program for Japanese students at Melbourne Law School (2004-2017) and annual programs for Japanese and Korean judicial and prosecutor visitors (2003-present). Stacey speaks Japanese and has extensive knowledge of Asian legal systems and comparative insolvency and privacy law.

Stacey’s wide-ranging publications and thought leadership commentaries include many peer-reviewed journal articles. Stacey has also edited three books: Match-Fixing in Sport: Comparative Studies from Australia, Japan, Korea and Beyond (Routledge, 2018) with Hayden Opie; Internationalising Japan: Discourse and Practice (Routledge, 2014) with Jeremy Breaden and Carolyn Stevens; and Legal Education in Asia: Globalization, Change and Contexts (Routledge, 2010) with Kathryn Taylor.

In addition to her academic role, Stacey is Deputy Chief Privacy Officer and Associate General Counsel at a US-headquartered, multi-national company with over 20,000 employees in 30+ locations. Based in Melbourne, Stacey’s global role involves developing and implementing programs and strategies to support compliance with privacy, data protection and cybersecurity requirements across all Divisions. Her previous role at the company saw Stacey provide strategic and technical legal advice to the credit ratings business. Prior to joining the company in 2007, Stacey was a senior associate in a leading Australian commercial law firm.

Stacey holds degrees from the University of Queensland (BA (Jap)), Monash University (MA (Jap)) and the University of Melbourne (LLB (Hons) and LLM (by thesis)). Stacey is a member of the Law Council of Australia, Business Law Section, Insolvency & Reconstruction Law Committee.

Memberships and Affiliations

Stacey practices Chanoyu (The Way of Tea) and is a member of the Urasenke Melbourne Chapter.

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