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University of Melbourne



Associate Professor, Melbourne Law School
Melbourne, Austrlaia.

Experience & Areas of Interest:

Dr Caron Beaton-Wells is a specialist in competition law. She has published widely in the area, including Proof of Antitrust Markets (Federation Press, 2003) and Australian Cartel Regulation: Law, Policy and Practice in an International Context (Cambridge University Press, 2011), with Professor Brent Fisse. Her research on market definition, merger review and more recently the criminalisation of cartel conduct has led to articles published in national and international competition law journals.
Dr Beaton-Wells teaches Competition Law in the Melbourne Juris Doctor program and is the Director of a substantial masters program in competition law, in which she has co-taught the subject, Enforcing Competition and Consumer Law, with Professor Christine Parker. She is a regular speaker at competition law conferences and is often called upon to comment in the media on competition law issues. She is also the Director of the University of Melbourne Competition Law & Economics Network.
Dr Beaton-Wells has been a member of the Victorian Bar since 1997 and is a member of the Competition and Consumer Committee of the Law Council of Australia and the American Bar Association's Sections of Antitrust law and International law.  Prior to joining the Bar, she was Associate to Justice Balmford on the Supreme Court of Victoria and, prior to that, a solicitor at Mallesons Stephen Jaques.  Dr Beaton-Wells is an inaugural member of the Academic Board of the Asian Competition Law and Economics Centre in Hong Kong. She is also a member of the International Advisory Board of the Loyola Chicago Consumer Antitrust Institute, a member of the Executive Board of the Academic Society for Competition Law, and the Australian news correspondent for the highly ranked European Competition Law Review. Dr Beaton-Wells has been invited by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission to act as an Non-Governmental Advisor to the International Competition Network. She has also consulted on competition law-related matters to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development and the New Zealand government.
In 2009 Dr Beaton-Wells was a Visiting Fellow at the University of Oxford Centre for Competition Law & Policy and St John's College.


LLM(Melb) PhD (Melb)

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