Caron Beaton-Wells

Professor Caron Beaton-Wells

Associate Dean, Melbourne Law Masters
Director of Studies, Competition and Consumer Law

LLB(Hons)(Melb) LLM(Melb) PhD (Melb)Barrister and Solicitor of Supreme Court of Victoria

Phone: +61 3 834 41004

Email: Caron Beaton-Wells

Room: 0819

Overview    Publications    Research Activities

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 focuses on anti-cartel law and enforcement and her publications include Australian Cartel Regulation: Law, Policy and Practice in an International Context (CUP, 2011), with Brent Fisse and Criminalising Cartels: Critical Studies of an International Regulatory Movement (Hart, 2011), with Ariel Ezrachi. She 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. 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) 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 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) and the Academic Steering Committee for the Concurrences Journal Antitrust Writing Awards in 2014.

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).

Recent Publications

Australian Cartel Regulation 2011


Areas of Expertise:

Current Research Interests

Competition law enforcement

Cartel regulation generally

Criminalisation of serious cartel conduct





Other Faculty and University Responsibilities

Associate Dean (Melbourne Law Masters)

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


Journal of Antitrust Enforcement, Oxford University Press (Editorial Board)

New Journal of European Criminal Law, Intersentia (Editorial Board)