Australian Competition Law: Expert Profiles
Professor Maureen Brunt AO
Retired; Emeritus Professor of Monash University
'... the contributions of Professor Brunt to competition law and policy in Australia and New Zealand have been extraordinarily large and valuable, whether to policy-making, the application and development of the law or the study of the interaction of law and economics.' (Allan Fels, 2007)
- Bachelor of Economics (First Class Honours) University of Melbourne (1951)
- Doctor of Philosophy (in Industrial Organisation) Harvard (1964)
- Doctor of Laws (Honorary) Monash University (1995)
- Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) 1992, 'for service to the Trade Practices Tribunal and to education'
- Distinguished Fellow of the Economics Society of Australia
Relevant work history
- 1957-1959 - Lecturer in Economics, University of Melbourne
- 1960-1964 - Lecturer and Senior Lecturer in Economics, University of Adelaide
- 1964-1966 - Lecturer in Economics, Harvard University
- 1966-1977 - Professor of Economics, Monash University (first woman to hold a Chair of Economics in Australia)
- 1977-1989 - Professor of Economics (part time) and Professorial Associate, Monash University Law School School until 1989
- 1975-1998 - Part time foundation member of the Trade Practices Tribunal (which became the Australian Competition Tribunal)
- 1990-1995 - Professorial Fellow, Melbourne Business School and Melbourne Law School
- 1990-2000 - Law member of the High Court of New Zealand for competition cases
- 1995-2002 - Professorial Associate, Melbourne Business School
Relevant positions held
- Elected Distinguished Fellow of the Economic Society of Australia in 2006
- 1980-1983 - Member, then Chair, Victorian Governemnt Consumer Affairs Council
Tribunal decisions involving Prof Brunt
- Re QCMA and Defiance Holdings (1976) ATPR 40-012; (1976) 25 FLR 169; 8 ALR481
Providing a seminal statement on pirnciples, still widely applied.
- Re Media Council of Australia (No 2) (1987) ATPR 40-774
Competition law publications
- Maureen Brunt (2003) Economic Essays on Australian and New Zealand Competition Law, Kluwer Law International, The Hague
- PH Karmel and Maureen Brunt (1962; revised reprints 1963 and 1966) The Structure of the Australian Economy, F W Cheshire, Melbourne
Chapters in books
- Maureen Brunt (1976) ‘Lawyers and Competition Policy’ in D Hambly and J Goldring (eds) Australian Lawyers and Social Change, The Law Book Co, Sydney; 266–97
- Maureen Brunt (1993) ‘Australian and New Zealand Competition Law and Policy’ in Barry Hawk (ed), 1992 Fordham Corporate Law Institute: International Antitrust Law and Policy, Juris Publishing, New York; 131–93
- Maureen Brunt (1999) ‘Antitrust in the Courts: The Role of Economics and of Economists’ in Barry Hawk (ed) 1998 Fordham Corporate Law Institute: International Antitrust Law and Policy, Juris Publishing, New York; 357–67.
- Maureen Brunt, ‘Legislation in Search of an Objective’ (1965) 41 The Economic Record 357–86
- Maureen Brunt and Robert Baxt, ‘The Murphy Trade Practices Bill: Admirable Objectives, Inadequate Means’ (1974) 2 Australian Business Law Review 3–79
- Maureen Brunt and Robert Baxt, ‘A Guide to the Trade Practices Act 1974’ (1974) 4th Quarter Australian Economic Review 5–22
- Maureen Brunt, ‘The Use of Economic Evidence in Antitrust Litigation: Australia’ (1986) 14 Australian Business Law Review 261–308
- Maureen Brunt, ‘Market Definition Issues in Australian and New Zealand Trade Practices Litigation’ (1990) 18 Australian Business Law Review 86-128
- Maureen Brunt, ‘The Role of Private Actions in Australian Restrictive Practices Enforcement’ (1990) 17 Melbourne University Law Review 582-613
- Maureen Brunt, ‘The Australian Antitrust Law After 20 years – A Stocktake’ (1994) 5 Review of Industrial Organization, 483–526
- Maureen Brunt, ‘Issues from the Davids-QIW Merger Case – A Comment’ (1995) 3 Competition and Consumer Law Journal 16–25
Submissions to inquiries
- Maureen Brunt, Submission number 183 to the Dawson Review, 28 August 2002 (on the issue of market definition)
- Maureen Brunt was the first female professor at Monash University and the first female professor of Economics in Australia.
- Allan Fels, 'Distinguished Fellow of the Economic Society of Australia, 2006: Maureen Brunt (June 2007) 83(261) The Economic Record 204-207
This article by Allan Fels (from which much of the work history and publication details for Prof Brunt is drawn) sets out in detail the significant contributions made by Prof Brunt to competition law in Australia and New Zealand.
See also: Citation- Distinguished Fellow Award 2006 Professor Maureen Brunt (by Allan Fels AO)
- Monash University has established the Maureen Brunt Chair of Economics and Econometrics.