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The Graduate Diploma (Global Competition and Consumer Law) is one of only a few courses in the world, that covers both competition and consumer policy, law, enforcement and institutions, and from multidisciplinary perspectives.
If you have a deep interest in the field and are looking to develop or advance your expertise, credentials and career in the growing and challenging area of global competition and consumer policy, law and enforcement – whether as a private practitioner, corporate advisor, compliance professional, public policy-maker, regulator or enforcement agency official, or member of a non-governmental organisation - this course is for you.
When you study with Melbourne Law School, you will gain a qualification from the number one law school in the Asia Pacific region*. You’ll learn from globally recognised academics and experts from across the world who have held or hold leadership roles in private practice, competition and consumer authorities, intergovernmental organisations, and adjudicatory bodies, amongst others, in the competition and consumer law field.
This course is also a pathway into further study with the Melbourne Law School. After completing the qualification, you can choose to transfer directly into:
- LLM (Global Competition and Consumer Law) (if you already have a degree in the field of law), or the
- Master of Global Competition and Consumer Law (if you don’t already have a degree in the field of law).
* Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings by Subject (2018).
We’ve designed this course for students seeking a specialist postgraduate qualification in the global competition and consumer law field.
The graduate diploma will challenge and stimulate you with its rigorous approach to learning. You will develop specialist expertise and practical skills in a legal-economic area of great economic and societal significance. This course is international and will allow you to graduate with a valuable worldwide network of accomplished professionals.
Who the course is for
This course is for students who have a law degree as well as those who don’t. You may be from organisations such as:
- Law firms, particularly those with international offices
- Large companies (in house lawyers, as well as regulatory and compliance managers)
- Government departments (primary finance trade and economic development)
- Competition authorities/enforcement agencies
- Economic consultancies
- Courts and tribunals
- International or non-governmental organisations participating in the competition and/or consumer law field.
This course will provide you with a qualification that will broaden and enhance your career pathway and promotion opportunities in private and public practice in this field anywhere in the world.
What you will learn
Economic theories, principles and methods that underpin and influence competition and consumer policy and law
Economic theories, principles and methods that underpin and influence
competition and consumer policy and law
Central to this field is economics. You will develop a solid understanding of and an ability to apply key economic frameworks and techniques relevant to the policy, law and enforcement in this field.
Legal rules that govern competition and consumer protection in major jurisdictions around the world – particularly the United States, European Union, and parts of the Asia-Pacific region
Legal rules that govern competition and consumer protection in
major jurisdictions around the world – particularly the United States, European Union,
and parts of the Asia-Pacific region
You will also gain valuable insights into the political economy of competition policy and its intersection with international trade, as well as other aspects of how competition law works in a globalised world.
Institutions that develop, administer and enforce competition and consumer policy and law
Institutions that develop, administer and enforce
competition and consumer policy and law
You will examine the challenges and dynamics influencing institutions that administer and enforce competition and consumer laws – principally competition and consumer authorities, but also central prosecutorial agencies, tribunals and courts.
Who you will learn from
Your online learning experience is enriched by the deep knowledge and vast experience of leading experts from across the world. Each of the subjects in the course has a senior academic as coordinator who will be a key point of contact and support for students in the term in which the subject is taught. Additionally, the content of every subject has been developed by a panel of international experts, and during the term students will benefit from input by and interaction with various members of the panel, gaining a range of insights and perspectives in their studies. You can also expect regular real-time sessions where you hold discussions and share ideas and experiences with your academic instructors and fellow students.
Students who are midway in their studies now have the option to undertake certain subjects on-campus, combining the benefits of both online and face-to-face study modes.
Find out more about the University of Melbourne online learning experience.
- Professor Caron Beaton-Wells, Program Director, Global Competition and Consumer Law, University of Melbourne
- Associate Professor Julie Clarke, Melbourne Law School.
- Professor Allan Fels AO, former Chairman, Australian Competition and Consumer Commission
- Professor Mark Furse, Professor of Competition Law and Policy
- Professor Damien Geradin, EUCLID Law
- Professor Geraint Howells, Senior Fellow (Melbourne Law Masters),
City University of Hong Kong.
- Professor Frederic Jenny, Chairman, OECD Competition Committee
- Professor William Kovacic, former Commissioner/Chairman, United States Federal Trade Commission
- Professor Luke Nottage, Senior Fellow (Melbourne Law Masters) University of Sydney
- Hassan Qaqaya, former Head, UNCTAD Competition and Consumer Policies Branch
- Dr Rhonda Smith, former Commissioner, Australian Competition and Consumer Commission
- Professor Mark Williams, Director, Asian Competition Forum
Students will be supported in their studies on a weekly basis by experienced teaching fellows from the Melbourne Law School
- Arlen Duke, a specialist in competition law and consumer protection
- Dr Marianela López-Galdos, specialist in Competition and Regulatory Policy.
- Dr Wendy Ng, a specialist in competition policy and law in Asia and developing countries
- Jose Ziebarth, a specialist in international and comparative competition law.
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- Time commitment required for each subject
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