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 in this field extends beyond the law and economics to institutional, political and sociological dimensions of competition regulation, and her recent research projects have focussed on cartel enforcement, supermarket power, petrol pricing, and the interface between competition and consumer law.
Caron has been Associate Dean of the Law School’s undergraduate and masters programs, and is currently Program Director for the School’s first fully 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 regular speaker at competition law conferences internationally and is often asked to comment in the media on competition law related issues.
Caron is a member of several national and international editorial and advisory boards, including the International Advisory Board of the Loyola Chicago Consumer Antitrust Institute and the Executive Board of the Academic Society for Competition Law. She 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.
Formerly a solicitor at (now) King & Wood Mallesons, Caron is also a member of the Law Council of Australia's competition and consumer committee a
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
Education and training
University of Melbourne 2002
University of Melbourne 1998
University of Melbourne 1994
Available for 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