Annual Baxt Lecture

The Competition Law & Economics Network hosts an Annual Public Lecture Series on competition law and economics related issues. The Lecture is given by an eminent international or national figure in this field on a topic of contemporary relevance. The intention behind the Lecture series is to highlight and generate debate about big picture policy issues as well as provide comparative insights from other jurisdictions.

About Professor Baxt

The lecture is named in honour of Emeritus Professor Bob Baxt AO in recognition of his substantial contribution to the development of competition law in Australia. In particular, the lecture acknowledges his significant support for the establishment of competition law as a recognised and sought after discipline at the graduate level at the Melbourne Law School. Professor Baxt was the Chair of the Advisory Board of the competition and consumer law specialty in the Melbourne Law Masters program.

2021 Baxt Lecture

The 12th Annual Baxt Lecture

Tuesday 16 November 2021

A Web of Paradoxes: Empirical evidence on online platform users and implications for competition and regulation in digital markets

Lecture by Professor Pinar Akman


This lecture presented some of the main findings from a large-scale empirical study in which over 11,000 consumers from ten countries in five continents were surveyed about their use, perceptions, and understanding of online platform services. The study provides data that can inform evidence-based policy-making and enforcement choices in digital markets, in particular concerning competition and regulation therein. Based on the empirical findings, the lecture will provide insights that can contribute to improving regulatory, enforcement, and policy solutions that are currently debated around the world with the aim of improving competition in digital markets.


Professor Pinar Akmam is Director at the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence on Digital Governance, University of Leeds (UK). Pınar Akman is a Professor of Law specialising in competition law at the University of Leeds (UK), where she is also a Director at the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence on Digital Governance. She is the recipient of a Philip Leverhulme Prize for her research into competition law in the digital economy. Professor Akman has advised and/or provided expertise to numerous organisations including the IMF, European Parliament, House of Lords, and World Economic Forum.

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