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Professor Maureen Brunt AO (dec.)

'Professor Brunt was always keen to improve the operation and efficient implementation of competition law and she played a pivotal role in shaping Australia’s modern competition policy and law. Her legacy will be felt for generations to come.' (Rod Sims, 2019)

'... 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

Qualifications and honourary degreesImage representing graduation

Bachelor 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 and positions held

University of Melbourne

Lecturer in Economics (1957-1959)

Professorial Fellow, Melbourne Business School and Melbourne Law School (1990-1995)

Professorial Associate, Melbourne Business School (1995-2002)

University of Adelaide

Lecturer and Senior Lecturer in Economics (1960-1964)

Harvard University

Lecturer in Economics (1964-1966)

Monash University

Professor of Economics (first woman to hold a Chair of Economics in Australia) (1966-1977)

Professor of Economics (part time) and Professorial Associate, Monash University Law School School (1977-1989)

Emeritus Professor

Trade Practices Tribunal

Part time foundation member (1975-1998)

Victorian Government Consumer Affairs Council

Member, then Chair (1980-1983)

High Court of New Zealand

Lay member for competition cases (1990-2000)




Tribunal decisions involving Prof Brunt (select)


Competition law publications

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  • 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

Dawson Review
Maureen Brunt, Submission number 183 to the Dawson Review, 28 August 2002
(on the issue of market definition)





ACCC media release

Condolences notice (The Age)


Twitter mentions