Director of Studies, Competition and Consumer Law
Caron Beaton-Wells is a Professor specialising in competition law at the Melbourne Law School and Director of the University's Competition Law & Economics Network. Her research and teaching in this field extends beyond the law to institutional, political and sociological dimensions of competition regulation, and her recent research projects have focussed on cartel criminalisation, supermarket power, petrol pricing and the interface between competition and consumer law. Caron has been Associate Dean of the Law School’s undergraduate and masters programs, and is currently program director for the School’s first fully online masters program, in global competition and consumer law. Her engagement activity involves contributing to the public discourse in Australia and around the world on significant competition law-related issues and on bringing together and fostering constructive debate and shared learning amongst stakeholders. Caron is a member of several national and international editorial and advisory boards, has consulted to the OECD, ASEAN, SSNED and the New Zealand Government, is a non-governmental advisor to the ICN and the Law School's representative on UNCTAD's Research Partnership Platform. Formerly a solicitor at (now) King & Wood Mallesons, Caron is also a member of the Law Council of Australia's competition and consumer committee and a member of the Victorian Bar.
Caron Beaton-Wells is a specialist in competition law. She has published widely in the area, including Proof of Antitrust Markets (Federation Press, 2003); Australian Cartel Regulation: Law, Policy and Practice in an International Context (Cambridge University Press, 2011), with Professor Brent Fisse; Criminalising Cartels: Critical Studies of an International Regulatory Movement (Hart, 2011) with Professor Ariel Ezrachi and Anti-Cartel Enforcement in a Contemporary Age: Leniency Regligion (Hart, 2015). Her research on market definition, merger review, and cartel enforcement has been published in national and international competition law journals. She has won major competitive funding for and led cutting edge research on cartel criminalisation, petrol pricing and supermarket regulation, leading interdisciplinary teams of researchers.
Professor Beaton-Wells teaches Competition Law in the Melbourne Juris Doctor program and is the Director of a substantial masters program in competition and consumer law, in which she has taught a Cartels subject with Senior Fellow Brent Fisse and Professor Daniel Sokol and a subject on Enforcing Competition and Consumer Law, with Professor Christine Parker. She is a regular speaker at competition law conferences and is often asked to comment in the media on competition law issues. She is also the Director of the University of Melbourne Competition Law & Economics Network, the flagship event for which is the Annual Baxt Public Lecture in Competition Law.
Between 2012 and 2016, Caron was Associate Dean for the undergraduate and masters programs, and a member of the Law School’s executive team. Since 2015 she has been leading the development of the Law School’s first fully online masters program, in global competition and consumer law. This program harnesses the power of technology and draws on an international faculty associated with the Law School, to offer in-depth rigorous and highly innovative masters level courses in competition and consumer law to students from around the world.
Professor Beaton-Wells is 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 European Competition Law Review. She is on the editorial board for the Journal of Antitrust Enforcement (Oxford University Press) and the New Journal of European Criminal Law (Intersentia) and the Academic Steering Committee for the Concurrences Journal Antitrust Writing Awards in 2014.
Professor Beaton-Wells has acted as a consultant or advisor to the International Competition Network, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, the New Zealand government and the Small States Network for Economic Development and is the focal point for the Melbourne Law School's membership of UNCTAD's Research Partnership Platform. She has been a Visiting Fellow at the University of Oxford Centre for Competition Law & Policy and St John's College.
Professor 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. 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 (now King & Wood Mallesons).
Melbourne Law Masters
Other Faculty and University Responsibilities
Director, University of Melbourne Competition Law & Economics Network
Director of Studies, Competition and Consumer Law, Melbourne Law Masters program
Memberships and Affiliations
Competition and Consumer Committee, Law Council of Australia
American Bar Association, Sections of Antitrust Law, International Law
Asian Competition Law and Economics Centre (Individual partner)
Academic Society of Competition Law (Executive Board)
Loyola Consumer Antitrust Institute (International Advisory Board)
UNCTAD Research Partnership Platform