Professor Peter Whelan presents his competition law research in Australia

Professor Whelan contributed to a panel discussion at a conference in Adelaide (alongside Australia’s Director of Public Prosecutions) and delivered a guest lecture at the University of Melbourne.

On 12 October in Adelaide, Professor Whelan delivered a presentation on his research on cartel criminalisation at the 16th Annual Competition Law and Economics Workshop, which was co-organised by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (‘ACCC’) and the University of South Australia. Following his presentation, Professor Whelan took part in a panel discussion on criminal cartel sanctions. For both the presentation and the panel discussion, Professor Whelan drew upon research conducted for his recent monograph on cartel criminalisation, which was published by Oxford University Press.

The other members of that panel were: Australia's Director of Public Prosecutions, Sarah McNaughton QC; ACCC Commissioner Sarah Court; and Elizabeth Avery, Partner at Gilbert + Tobin. The two-day conference is by-invite only and brings together high-profile speakers and guests (mainly federal judges, competition officials, and practising lawyers) to discuss pressing issues of competition law in Australia. Professor Whelan was one of a select number of international professors invited to speak at the event.

On 15 October, at the University of Melbourne, Professor Whelan delivered a guest lecture on his forthcoming book on parent company liability in competition law. The lecture was hosted by the Competition Law and Economics Network, which is based at Melbourne Law School, the University of Melbourne. The lecture lasted one hour and was followed by questions and answers. The lecture was recorded and will appear on the University of Melbourne’s website in due course. The event was organised by Professor Caron Beaton-Wells, one of Australia’s leading competition law professors. Professor Whelan’s book will be published by Oxford University Press in 2019.

As a result of this trip, Professor Whelan has now presented his research on six continents and in 28 countries.

Find out more information about the 16th Annual Competition Law and Economics Workshop

Find out more information about the Competition Law and Economics Network at the University of Melbourne