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Dr Rhonda Smith

Senior Lecturer, Melbourne University Faculty of Commerce
Deputy Director, Competition Law and Economics Network


Relevant qualifications

  • Image representing graduationBachelor of Commerce (Hons) Melbourne (1966)
  • Master of Arts (Eco) Melbourne (1969)
  • Doctor of Commerce (2006) Melbourne


Relevant work history


Expert evidence

Dr Smith has provided expert evidence in a number of high profile competition law cases, including:


Committee membership

Member, Law Council of Australia's Competition and Consumer Law Committee

Member, Copyright Law Reform Committee


Relevant editorships

Editorial Board of the Competition and Consumer Law Journal


Relevant consultancies

Provides consultancy services in relation to trade practices matters


Competition law publications


Book chapters


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Deborah Healey and Rhonda L Smith, 'Competitive neutrality in Australia: Opportunity for policy development' (2018) 25 Competition & Consumer Law Journal 223


Rhonda Smith and Alexandra Merrett, 'Representing Colin Firth of Mr Darcy: can competition law handle the reality of modern agents?' (2017) European Competition Journal

Rhonda Smith and Arlen Duke, 'The Geographic Dimension of Markets: Some observations' (2017) 25 Competition and Consumer Law Journal 25


Jeannie Patterson and Rhonda Smith, 'Why unilateral variation clauses in consumer contracts are unfair' (2016) 23 Competition and Consumer Law Journal


Arlen Duke and Rhonda L Smith, 'The Harper Review Recommendations on Anticompetitive Agreements: Some Comments' (December 2015) 48 (4) Australian Economic Review 428

Rhonda L Smith and Arlen Duke, 'Information exchange, hub and spoke arrangements and collusion' (2015) 43(2) Australian Business Law Review 81


Rhonda L Smith, 'Market definition and substitution options' (2014) 22(2) Competition and Consumer Law Journal 105

Rhonda L Smith and Arlen Duke, 'Agreements and competition law in Australia' (2014) 22 Competition and Consumer Law Journal 54

Alexandra Merrett and Rhonda L Smith, 'The public benefits of private litigation' (July 2014) 19 The State of Competition


Rhonda L Smith and David K Round, ‘Putting the cart before the horse? Market definition in Seven Network v News Ltd’ (2012) 20 CCLJ 148

Rhonda L Smith and David K Round, 'Do deep pockets have a place in competition analysis' (2012) 40 ABLR 348


Rhonda Smith and Alex Merrett, 'Playing Favourites' (2011) 7(2) European Competition Journal 179-204


Rhonda Smith, 'Market definition: Going, going, gone? Developments in the United States' (2010) 18 Competition and Consumer Law Journal 119


Rhonda Smith, Arlen Duke and David Round, 'Signalling, collusion and s 45 of the Trade Practices Act'
(2009) 17 Competition & Consumer Law Journal 22-42.

Rhonda Smith, "Temporal considerations and entry" (2009) 17(2) Competition & Consumer Law Journal 176 - 191

Rhonda Smith, "Why Can't a Woman Be More Like a Man?" American and Australian Approaches to Exclusionary Conduct" (2008) 31(3) Melbourne University Law Review 1099 - 1134 [external link]

Trindade and Rhonda Smith, "A Review of the ACCC’s Media Mergers Guideline" (2007) 14(3) Competiiton and Consumer Law Journal 281-291

Rhonda Smith and A Merrett, "Auctions, Exclusive Contracts and Competition for the Market" (2007) 3(1) European Competiiton Journal 163-184

Rhonda Smith and Stephen King, "Competition Law Adequately Protect Consumers?" (2007) 28(7) European Competition Law Review 412 - 424

Rhonda Smith, "Modernising Australian merger analysis" (2007) 35(5) Australian Business Law Review 358 - 369

Rhonda Smith, "European Merger Control: Do We Need An Efficiency Defence?" (2007) 15(1) Competition and Consumer Law Journal 128-134.

Rhonda Smith, "The Australian grocery industry: a competition perspective" (2006) 50(1) The Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics 33 - 50

Rhonda Smith and A Rahman, "Conglomerate Mergers and the ACCC's Merger Guidelines" (2006) 14(1) Competition and Consumer Law

Rhonda Smith and A Merrett, "To Buy or not to buy: Economic and legal reflections on buyer power" (2006) 14(2) Competition and Consumer Law Journal 100-126

Rhonda Smith, "The Australian grocery industry" (2004) 37(3) Australian Economic Review 304 - 310 [SSRN link]

Rhonda Smith and Trindade, "The high court on Boral: a return to the past?" (2003) 10(3) Competition and Consumer Law Journal 336 - 347

Round and Smith, "When is a market a market?" (2003) 31(6) Australian Business Law Review 412 - 422

Rhonda Smith, ""Further to Round on penalties, damages and Pt IV of the TPA"" (2003) 11(1) Competition and Consumer Law Journal 97 - 109

Rhonda Smith, "Authorisation and the TPA - More about public benefit" (2003) 11(1) Competition and Consumer Law Journal 21 - 42.

Rhonda Smith, 'Possible Implications of the Dawson Inquiry for the ACCC' (2002) 35 Australian Economic Review 446-454 [SSRN link]

Rhonda Smith, 'Issues Raised by the Proposed Acquisition of Taubmans by Wattyl' (1996) 9 Corp & Bus LJ 223

Rhonda L Smith, 'Merger Policy in Close-Up: QIW and Davids Holdings' (1994) The Australian Economic Review 101-107

Newsletter/opinion pieces/commentary

Conference papers and seminars

Alexandra Merrett and Rhonda L Smith, 'The Australian Grocery Sector: structurally irredeemable?' (Paper presented at the 'Supermarket Power in Australia' sypmosium (Melbourne, 1 August 2013)

Rhonda Smith, "Insights into Consumer Risk: Building Blocks for Consumer Protection Policy" (2006) Roundtable on Demand-Side Economics for Consumer Policy

Rhonda Smith, ""Response of consumption to income, credit and interest rates in Australia"" (2005) 34th Conference of Economics

Rhonda Smith, "A Bayesian approach to inference for a thresholod autoregression with a lunit root." (2003) The 2003 PhD Conference in Economics and Business