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Caron Beaton-Wells

Professor, Melbourne Law School at University of Melbourne

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. Dr Beaton-Wells has been the lead researcher in a Australian Research Council-funded project on 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 teaches Competition Law in the Melbourne Law School's Juris Doctor program and oversees a substantial graduate program in competition and consumer law, in which she co-teaches the subject, Cartels, with Brent Fisse. She is a regular speaker at competition law conferences and comments in the media on competition law issues. She is also the Director of the University of Melbourne Competition Law & Economics Network.

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).

In 2009 Dr Beaton-Wells was a Visiting Fellow at the University of Oxford Centre for Competition Law & Policy and St John's College. In 2010, Dr Beaton-Wells was named as one of the top female competition law professors in the world by the Antitrust and Competition Policy Blog.


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


  • 2002 
    University of Melbourne, PhD, Law

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