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Professor Caron Beaton-Wells

Professor, University of Melbourne
Director of Studies, Competition and Consumer Law
Director, Competition Law and Economics Network
Barrister

 

Relevant qualifications

  • Image representing graduationLLB (Hons) Melb (1993)
  • LLM Melb (1997)
  • PhD Melb (2002)
  • Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria

 

Relevant work history

  • Image of briefcaseUniversity of Melbourne
  • Barrister (Member of Victorian Bar since 1997)
  • Associate to Justice Balmford, Supreme Court of Victoria
  • Solicitor, Mallensons Stephen Jaques

 

Competition Law projects and consultancies

 

Relevant professional memberships and editorial roles

Memberships/affiliations

  • Member of International Advisory Board, Loyola Chicago Consumer Antitrust Institute
  • Member, Law Council of Australia Competition and Consumer Committee
  • Member, American Bar Association's Sections of Antitrust Law and International Law
  • Individual partner, Asian Competition Law and Economics Centre
  • Member of Executive Board, Academic Socity for Competition Law
  • UNCTAD Research Partnership Platform

Editorial roles

  • Editorial Board, Journal of Antitrust Enforcement (Oxford University Press)
  • Editorial Board, New Journal of European Criminal Law (Intersentia)
  • Academic Steering Committee, Concurrences Journal Antitrust Writing Awards in 2014

 

Other

2010 - named one of the top female competition law professors in the world by the Antitrust and Competition Policy Blog

 

Competition law publications

Publication lists

Books

Book chapters

'Leniency Policies: Revolution or Religion?" in externallinkCaron Beaton-Wells and Christopher Tran, Anti-Cartel Enforcement in a Contemporary Age: Leniency Religion (Hart Publishing, 2015) ch 1, pp 3-13

'Leniency and Criminal Sanctions: Happily Married or Uneasy Bedfellows?' in externallinkCaron Beaton-Wells and Christopher Tran, Anti-Cartel Enforcement in a Contemporary Age: Leniency Religion (Hart Publishing, 2015) ch 11, pp 233-260 (with C Harding and J Edwards)

'Substance and process in competition law and enforcement: Why we should care if it’s not fair’, in externallink P Nihoul and T Skoczny (eds), Procedural Fairness in Competition Proceedings (Edward Elgar, 2015) (forthcoming November)

'Testing the Effectiveness of Immunity Policies for Cartel Conduct: Reflections and Proposals' in Nye Perram (ed), International Commercial Law and Arbitration Perspectives (Proceedings of a Conference Organised by the Federal Court of Australia, the Ross Parsons Centre of Commercial, Corporate and Taxation Law and the Business Law and Federal Litigation Sections of the Law Council of Australia), Ross Parsons Centre of Commercial, Corporate and Taxation Law (2014) pp 215-252

externallink'Leniency Policies: Testing for Effectiveness' in Nicolas Charbit and Elisa Ramundo (eds), William Kovacic: An Antitrust Tribute - Liber Amoricum - Volume II, Institute of Competition Law (2014), pp 303-317

externallink'The Billionaire, Prime Minister and Chairman: ACCC v Visy Ltd' in B Rodger (ed), Landmark Cases in Competition Law, Kluwer International (Law), 2012, ch 1 (pp 27-45)

externallink'Criminal sanctions for cartels - the jury is still out' in A Ezrachi (ed) International Research Handbook in Competition Law, Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, UK, 2012, ch 9 (266-290) [preview available]

externallink‘Australia's Criminalisation of Cartels: Will It Be Contagious?’ in Josef Drexl, Warren S Grimes and Clifford A. Jones (eds) More Common Ground for International Competition Law?, Academic Society for Competition Law Series (Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, UK, 2011) (ch9, p 148) [preview available]

externallink'Criminalising Cartels: Why Critical Studies?' in Caron Beaton-Wells and Ariel Ezrachi (eds), Criminalising Cartels: Critical Studies of an International Regulatory Movement (Hart Publishing, 2011)

externallink'Cartel Criminalisation and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission - Opportunities and Challenges' in Caron Beaton-Wells and Ariel Ezrachi (eds), Criminalising Cartels: Critical Studies of an International Regulatory Movement (Hart Publishing, 2011)

Reports

Articles

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

  • Caron Beaton-Wells and Brent Fisse, 'Criminal Cartels: Individual Liability and Sentencing' (June 2009) University of Melbourne Legal Studies Research Paper No 415 (SSRN)
  • Caron Beaton-Wells and Brent Fisse, 'The Cartel Offences: An Elemental Pathology' (June 2009) University of Melbourne Legal Studies Research Paper No. 414 (SSRN)
  • Caron Beaton-Wells and Fiona Haines, 'Making Cartel Conduct Criminal: A Case-Study of Ambiguity in Controlling Business Behaviour' (2009) 42 Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology [at SSRN]

2008

2007

  • Caron Beaton-Wells, 'Capturing the Criminality of Hard Core Cartels: The Australian Proposal' (2007) 31(3) Melbourne University Law Review [at SSRN]

2006

More to follow

Research papers

Conference Papers and other contributions

Caron Beaton-Wells, 'Presentation on the Harper review draft report', Competition Policy Review Conference, Competition Law panel, Canberra, 23-24 October 2014

Caron Beaton-Wells and A Fels AO, 'Australia's Supermarket Duopoly: Who is Being Served?, Melbourne Law School, Alumni Breakfast Series, 21 October 2014

Caron Beaton-Wells, 'Australia's Proposed Supermarket Code: UK Lessons Missed', Competition Academia Blog, 12 February 2014

Caron Beaton-Wells, 'National Report: Anti-competitive agreements - Producer/Distributor - Agreements - Whether unlawful cartel - divergent approaches' [2014] 35(6) European Competition Law Review N-41

Caron Beaton-Wells, 'National Report: Anti-Competitive Agreements - Norcast v Bradken decision' [2013] 34(11) European Competition Law Review N-149

Caron Beaton-Wells, 'Substance and Process in Competition Law and Enforcement. Why We Should Care If It's Not Fair' (9th ASCOLA Conference Warswa 2014 on Procedural Fairness in Competition Proceedings)

Media - opinion pieces

 

Submissions to inquiries

Submission to Harper Review 2014
On issues paper (and with Brent Fisse) - on draft report (with Brent Fisse)

Competition and Consumer Amendment Bill (No 1) Exposure Draft
(with Brent Fisse)
This draft bill proposed price signalling laws for the banking industry

Discussion Paper - Meaning of 'Understanding' in the Trade Practices Act 1974 (2009)
(with Brent Fisse)
This discussion paper was prompted by the construction to the meaning of understanding taken in the petrol cases. No report released.

Exposure Draft Bill for comment - Criminal Penalties for Serious Cartel Conduct (January 2008)
(with Brent Fisse)
First draft bill - modified bill passed in 2009 with significant amendments