Caron Beaton-Wells

Professor, Melbourne Law School, University of Melbourne

Caron Beaton-Wells is a specialist in competition law. She has published widely in the area, including Proof of Antitrust Markets (Federation Press, 2003); Australian Cartel Regulation: Law, Policy and Practice in an International Context (Cambridge University Press, 2011), with Professor Brent Fisse; Criminalising Cartels: Critical Studies of an International Regulatory Movement (Hart, 2011) with Professor Ariel Ezrachi and Anti-Cartel Enforcement in a Contemporary Age: Leniency Regligion (Hart, 2015, forthcoming). Her research on market definition, merger review, and cartel enforcement has been published in national and international competition law journals. She has won major competitive funding for and led cutting edge research on cartel criminalisation, petrol pricing and supermarket regulation, leading interdisciplinary teams of researchers. The website for these research projects are at

Dr Beaton-Wells is a former Associate Dean for the Melbourne Law Masters and Undergraduate programs. She teaches Competition Law in the Melbourne Juris Doctor program and is the Director of a substantial masters program in competition and consumer law, in which she has taught a Cartels subject with Senior Fellow Brent Fisse and Professor Daniel Sokol and a subject on Enforcing Competition and Consumer Law, with Professor Christine Parker. She is a regular speaker at competition law conferences and is often asked 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 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. 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).


  • 1997–present
    Barrister, Victorian Bar
  • 2001–present
    Academic, Melbourne Law School


  • 2002 
    University of Melbourne, PhD, Law