Dr Caron Beaton-Wells is a specialist in competition law. She has published widely in the area, including Proof of Antitrust Markets (Federation Press, 2003) and Australian Cartel Regulation: Law, Policy and Practice in an International Context (Cambridge University Press, 2011), with Professor Brent Fisse. Her research on market definition, merger review and more recently the criminalisation of cartel conduct has led to articles published in national and international competition law journals. She has won major competitive funding for and led cutting edge research on cartel criminalisation, together with researchers from the Law School, the University's School of Politics, Sociology and Criminology and the University of South Australia's Centre for Regulation and Market Analysis. The website for the Cartel Project is at http://www.cartel.law.unimelb.edu.au. Dr Beaton-Wells has been named as one of the top female competition law professors in the world by the Antitrust and Competition Policy Blog.
Dr Beaton-Wells teaches Competition Law in the Melbourne Juris Doctor program and is the Director of a substantial masters program in competition law, in which she has co-teaches the subject, Cartels, with Senior Fellow Brent Fisse and previously the subject, Enforcing Competition and Consumer Law, with Professor Christine Parker. She is a regular speaker at competition law conferences and is often called upon 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.
Dr Beaton-Wells is an inaugural member of the Academic Board of the Asian Competition Law and Economics Centre in Hong Kong. She is also 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).
Dr 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.
Dr 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 and International 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).
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