About Stacey Steele

Stacey Steele is is an associate professor at the Melbourne Law School, University of Melbourne.

China

Personal bankruptcy law needed in China’s growing credit card society

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With the huge availability and take-up of consumer credit in China over the past five years, new legislation for consumer bankruptcy is necessary, argues Huifen YIN in an interview with Stacey Steele SS: Many people would be surprised to know China does not have a personal bankruptcy law. Why is there such a gap in […]

Japan

Will Japan’s lowered voting age reverse decreasing voter turnouts ?

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 Japan’s recent Upper House elections had special significance—it was the first time 18 and 19-year-olds were allowed to vote For the first time in a Japanese national election, 18 and 19-year-olds voted on 10 July 2016 in the 24th Upper House election, which saw the Liberal Democratic Party and its coalition partner, Kōmeito, returned with […]

Japan

Japan’s declining youth crime?

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Contrary to popular belief, the number of juvenile offenders and cases in Japan has decreased significantly in recent years. In an interview with Ms Yoshiko Ohmachi, a Family Court probation officer for the Supreme Court of Japan, Stacey Steele explores the reasons behind the decline. SS: Ohmachi san, thank you for visiting the Melbourne Law […]

Australia - Asia relations

Submarine saga highlights Australia’s dilemma over China and Japan

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In the aftermath of this week’s submarine decision, Australia needs to reassure a disappointed Japan of the strength of their partnership The wash-up from this week’s decision by the Australian government to sign with a French provider of new submarines provides an opportunity to reflect on Australia’s developing triangulated relationship with China and Japan, and […]

Gender and sexuality, Japan

Japanese Supreme Court considers what’s in a woman’s name

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The recent decision by Japan’s Supreme Court to uphold a controversial law requiring married couples to have the same surname comes as no surprise, writes STACEY STEELE. On 16 December 2015, the Supreme Court of Japan found that a controversial law requiring married couples to have the same surname is constitutional. Nearly 96 per cent […]

South Asia Studies

Japan and Australia eye bilateral relations through TPP prism

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As signatories to the Trans-Pacific Partnership, Australia and Japan are treading familiar ground, writes STACEY STEELE. Like many other signatories to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) published on 5 November 2015, Australia and Japan already have a bilateral trade treaty—the Japan–Australia Economic Partnership Agreement (JAEPA). Signed on 8 July 2014, JAEPA only came into force on […]