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Professor Maureen Brunt AO

Retired; Emeritus Professor of Monash University

'... the contributions of Professor Brunt to competition law and policy in Australia and New Zealand have been extraordinarily large and valuable, whether to policy-making, the application and development of the law or the study of the interaction of law and economics.' (Allan Fels, 2007)


Relevant qualifications/awards

  • Image representing graduationBachelor of Economics (First Class Honours) University of Melbourne (1951)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (in Industrial Organisation) Harvard (1964)
  • Doctor of Laws (Honorary) Monash University (1995)
  • Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) 1992, 'for service to the Trade Practices Tribunal and to education'
  • Distinguished Fellow of the Economics Society of Australia


Relevant work history

  • Image of briefcase1957-1959 - Lecturer in Economics, University of Melbourne
  • 1960-1964 - Lecturer and Senior Lecturer in Economics, University of Adelaide
  • 1964-1966 - Lecturer in Economics, Harvard University
  • 1966-1977 - Professor of Economics, Monash University (first woman to hold a Chair of Economics in Australia)
  • 1977-1989 - Professor of Economics (part time) and Professorial Associate, Monash University Law School School until 1989
  • 1975-1998 - Part time foundation member of the Trade Practices Tribunal (which became the Australian Competition Tribunal)
  • 1990-1995 - Professorial Fellow, Melbourne Business School and Melbourne Law School
  • 1990-2000 - Law member of the High Court of New Zealand for competition cases
  • 1995-2002 - Professorial Associate, Melbourne Business School


Relevant positions held

  • Elected Distinguished Fellow of the Economic Society of Australia in 2006
  • 1980-1983 - Member, then Chair, Victorian Governemnt Consumer Affairs Council


Tribunal decisions involving Prof Brunt


Competition law publications

Image of bookBooks

  • Maureen Brunt (2003) Economic Essays on Australian and New Zealand Competition Law, Kluwer Law International, The Hague
  • PH Karmel and Maureen Brunt (1962; revised reprints 1963 and 1966) The Structure of the Australian Economy, F W Cheshire, Melbourne

Chapters in books

  • Maureen Brunt (1976) ‘Lawyers and Competition Policy’ in D Hambly and J Goldring (eds) Australian Lawyers and Social Change, The Law Book Co, Sydney; 266–97
  • Maureen Brunt (1993) ‘Australian and New Zealand Competition Law and Policy’ in Barry Hawk (ed), 1992 Fordham Corporate Law Institute: International Antitrust Law and Policy, Juris Publishing, New York; 131–93
  • Maureen Brunt (1999) ‘Antitrust in the Courts: The Role of Economics and of Economists’ in Barry Hawk (ed) 1998 Fordham Corporate Law Institute: International Antitrust Law and Policy, Juris Publishing, New York; 357–67.

Journal articles


Submissions to inquiries