PROF Caron Beaton-Wells

PROF Caron Beaton-Wells


  • Academic, Law
  • Cartels
  • Competition Law
  • Petrol
  • Supermarkets



  • Caron Beaton-Wells is a Professor in competition law at the Melbourne Law School and Director of the University's Competition Law & Economics Network and co-Director of the Global Competition and Consumer Law Program. She is also a lay Member of the Australian Competition Tribunal. Her research and teaching in this field extends beyond the law to institutional, political and sociological dimensions of competition policy, and her recent research projects have focussed on competition and privacy in the context of digital platforms, competition and fairness in concentrated industries, challenges in cartel law and enforcement and the interface between competition and consumer law. A snapshot of her previous research projects can be found here. She is the host of the podcast show, Competition Lore, exploring the challenges of competition in a digital economy.

    Caron has been Associate Dean of the Law School’s undergraduate and masters programs and a member of the School’s executive management team. She is currently Program Director for the School’s first 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.

    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 International Competition Network and the Law School's representative on UNCTAD's Research Partnership Platform. Formerly a solicitor at (now)   


Member of

  • Australian Competition Tribunal. Member 2019 -
  • Academic Society of Competition Law (Executive Board). Senior Member 2016 -
  • American Bar Association, Section of Antitrust Law. Member 2016 -
  • Asian Competition Forum (Advisory Board). Member 2016 -
  • Competition and Consumer Committee, Law Council of Australia. Member 2016 -
  • Loyola Consumer Antitrust Institute (International Advisory Board). Member 2016 -
  • Small Business Committee, Law Council of Australia. Member 2016 -
  • UNCTAD Research Partnership Platform. Member 2016 -
  • Victorian Bar. Barrister 1997 - 2016


Selected publications


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Additional Grant Information

  • Memberships and Affiliations

    Competition and Consumer Committee, Law Council of Australia
    Small Business Committee, Law Council of Australia
    American Bar Association, Section of Antitrust Law
    Asian Competition Forum (Advisory Board)
    Academic Society of Competition Law (Executive Board)
    Loyola Consumer Antitrust Institute (International Advisory Board)
    UNCTAD Research Partnership Platform   


Education and training

  • PhD, University of Melbourne 2002
  • LLM, University of Melbourne 1998
  • LLB(Hons), University of Melbourne 1994


Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • Research Supervision
    Michael Cunningham, PhD Candidate, Quantitative Economic Methods For Australian Competition Law Enforcement (2014-), co-supervised with Dr Rhonda Smith

    Joanne Daniels, PhD Candidate, Law and Economics of Access Regulation (confirmed, November 2010), co-supervised with Dr Rhonda Smith

    Wendy Ng, PhD Candidate, Competition Law in Large Developing Economies (confirmed, February 2011, completed June 2014), co-supervised with Professor Sean Cooney, awarded Harold Luntz Graduate Research Prize, 2014, and Chancellor's Prize for Research Excellence, 2015

    Siobhan Sweeney, LLM (Minor Thesis) Candidate (completed)

    Currently teaching
    LAWS70050 Global Cartel Law and Enforcement: