Melbourne Competition Law Program draws giants in the field

22 April 2014

The community of students and scholars interested in competition law will now have even greater opportunities to learn and work alongside experts in the field, with the recent appointments of two internationally respected and experienced figures—Professor Allan Fels AO and Professor Mark Williams—to Melbourne Law School.

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Director of Studies for Competition Law Professor Caron Beaton-Wells said she was delighted to welcome such leaders to the Law School: “These two new appointees underscore Melbourne Law School’s standing as Australia’s pre-eminent law faculty in competition law. We are very pleased they have chosen to join us.”
Mark Williams, who was until recently Professor of Law at Hong Kong Polytechnic University, founded and directs the Asian Competition Forum in Hong Kong—a leading forum for competition advocacy and engagement between stakeholders in the Asia-Pacific region. He has been a significant public commentator on Hong Kong’s new competition law and is the author of a number of highly regarded books, including Competition Policy and Law in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan and his latest, The Political Economy of Competition Law in Asia. He is also regularly invited to give keynote addresses in international fora and has undertaken consultancy work in competition law for the Japanese and Chinese governments as well as leading law firms.
As a member of faculty, Professor Williams will bring his world-renowned expertise in Asian competition law to bear on the Law School’s teaching and research programs in competition law.  He will teach Competition Law in the Juris Doctor program and East Asian Competition Policy and Law in the Melbourne Law Masters program.  In addition to his teaching, he will participate in an Asian-focused collaborative research program, as well as work with members of the Competition Law & Economics Network and Asian Law Centre on events and initiatives that engage closely with academic and non-academic stakeholders in these fields in the region.
Professor Allan Fels AO, who has been appointed as an Honorary Professorial Fellow, is most widely known for his role as former chairman of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission. Professor Fels was dean of the Australian and New Zealand School of Government from 2003 to 2013 and formerly chaired both the Trade Practices Commission (as the ACCC was previously known) and the Prices Surveillance Authority. He was co-chairman of the Joint Group on Trade and Competition at the OECD from 1996 until 2003 and has been a member of numerous advisory boards to the Australian, Victorian and other Governments. Currently, he serves as international advisor to the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences as co-director, China Competition Research Centre and co-editor of the China Competition Bulletin, and is a frequent speaker on a range of competition policy and law issues at prestigious conferences around the world.
Professor Fels will participate in Melbourne Law School’s competition law program in various ways, including continuing to serve on the Advisory Board for the Competition and Consumer Law specialty of the Masters program, as a guest lecturer in Masters subjects, in the supervision of PhD students and in assisting to organise events for the Competition Law & Economics Network, drawing on his extensive networks within the international competition law arena.

Melbourne Law School Juris Doctor Program

Program: Juris Doctor
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Semester intake: February 2015
Duration: 3 years (standard course structure); 2 or 2.5 years (accelerated course structure)

Entry Requirements

Melbourne JD applicants must have

  • completed an undergraduate degree in any discipline; and
  • completed the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT).

The Melbourne JD has three selection criteria:

  1. Academic results achieved in previous tertiary studies
  2. The LSAT score
  3. The applicant’s personal statement

Application Timeline

Round 1
JD Application Deadline: July 11, 2014
Latest LSAT sitting to apply in this round: June 29, 2014
Applicants applying in Round 1 will be notified of the outcome of their application by August 27, 2014.
Round 2
JD Application Deadline: September 5, 2014
Latest LSAT sitting to apply in this round: October 5, 2014
Applicants applying in Round 2 will be notified of the outcome of their application by November 27, 2014.

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