Competition and Consumer Law

Melbourne Law School has the only comprehensive program in competition and consumer law in the Asia-Pacific region. It captures the interdisciplinary legal-economic nature of this field of policy and practice, emphasises international and comparative dimensions, and offers students the opportunity to study on-campus and online. Graduates of this program have a world-recognised, highly respected qualification that opens up and enhances global career pathways in the private and public sectors.

From January 2019, the Master of Competition and Consumer Law will be discontinued and replaced with two courses: a Master of Laws (Global Competition and Consumer Law) for law graduates and a Master of Global Competition and Consumer Law for non-law graduates. The Graduate Diploma in Competition and Consumer Law will be discontinued and replaced with the Graduate Diploma (Global Competition and Consumer Law).

Many of the subjects will be available wholly online. At least four subjects (taught over five days) will be offered each year on-campus. This change is being made in response to increased student demand for more flexibility in the mode in which they undertake their study and also reflects the highly positive feedback received in relation to the Law School’s wholly online offerings in this specialisation. The Master of Laws (Global Competition and Consumer Law) will be available on a part-time basis only although allowance will be made for increased study loads in appropriate circumstances.

Further details about these developments will be provided in due course. In the meantime, any questions should be directed to the Director of Studies, Professor Caron Beaton-Wells.

The specialisation in competition and consumer law offers advanced expertise and skills in an area of law that is growing, complex, interdisciplinary and crucial to economic welfare at national and international levels. The courses in this specialisation are designed to recognise the economic character of the law, and also to offer an applied focus on issues arising in practice. In addition to providing students with a detailed understanding of the law currently regulating competition and consumer protection, current policy debates and reform initiatives, as well as international and comparative perspectives are at the heart of the program. All of the subjects in the specialty are taught by world leaders in the field, from academia, the profession and government. The specialty also offers a fully online suite of courses and subjects in global competition and consumer law. Students enrolled in on-campus courses are able to take subjects in the online program.

The decision to study at Melbourne Law School was easy; there is simply no Australian institution that can match the scope or depth of the competition subjects offered or the quality of the teaching. At Melbourne Law School, students are taught by competition experts. Keira Campbell, Graduate Diploma in Competition and Consumer Law

Competition and Consumer Law study options

Single subjects

Subjects in the Melbourne Law Masters are available as single subject enrolments, either with or without assessment.

Planning online studies

View online subjects available each term for the next two years.

Planning online studies

Competition Law Overview

Melbourne Law School also offers a one-day seminar called Competition Law Overview, providing students with a basic grounding in the competition provisions of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Cth).

Advisory Board

  • Mr Geoffrey Carter, Minter Ellison
  • Ms Gina Cass-Gottlieb, Gilbert + Tobin
  • Ms Caroline Coops, King & Wood Mallesons
  • Ms Fiona Crosbie, Allens
  • Professor Allan Fels AO, University of Melbourne
  • The Hon Peter Heerey AM QC, Victorian Bar (formerly Federal Court of Australia)
  • Mr Will Irving, Telstra
  • Mr Tom Jarvis, Johnson Winter & Slattery
  • Mr Daniel Marquet, Corrs Chambers Westgarth
  • Mr Michael O'Bryan SC, Victorian Bar
  • Mr Bill Reid, Ashurst
  • Mr Rod Sims, Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, Chairman
  • Mr Nick Taylor, Jones Day
  • Mr Simon Uthmeyer, DLA Piper Australia
  • Dr Philip Williams AM, Frontier Economics

Learn more about our fully online global competition and consumer law masters program

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Competition Law and Economics Network

The Competition Law and Economics Network (CLEN) is a network of people engaged in research, teaching and other activities in areas related to competition law and economics at the University of Melbourne.

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Competition and Consumer Law Resources

Our students have access to a wealth of texts, journals and other materials.

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