As the most significant review of competition policy since the Hilmer Review continues, UNSW is hosting a major conference on competition law and policy next month (Wednesday 6 August)

The half-day conference, Competition Law and Policy: Bolstering Productivity and Efficiency, will analyse the issues at the heart ofthe federal government’s root and branch review of competition policy, which aims to guide the economy to a new level of productivity and efficiency.

Join influential economists, policy makers and lawyers to consider issues such as the economic basis for regulation, the continuing role of government in the market, and the big picture legal framework issues. Keynote speaker is Professor Fred Hilmer, Vice-Chancellor of UNSW and chair of the influential Hilmer review in the 1990s.

Other headline speakers include:

  • Professor Ian Harper, Chair of the current Competition Policy Review
  • Professor Gary Sturgess, Australian and New Zealand School of Government Chair in Public Service Delivery
  • Professor Richard Holden, UNSW’s Business School
  • Ms Sharon Henrick, Head of the Australia-based Competition Law and Regulatory Group at law firm King Wood & Mallesons.

“The Abbott government’s terms of reference for the Harper review are extremely wide ranging,” says conference convenor, UNSW Law’s Associate Professor Deborah Healey. “Its aims are to provide a platform to recalibrate competition policy and regulatory frameworks in Australia for the next stage of economic development. Productivity and efficiency are at the core of objectives.

“This conference will provide a vehicle for engaging with influential participants in the competition and regulatory sectors and a timely opportunity to keep abreast of the rapidly evolving competition policy and law landscape.”

The conference is hosted with the Centre for Law Markets and Regulation (CLMR) and Continuing Legal Education. For more information visit the CLMR website.

What: Competition Law and Policy Conference

When:  8.55am – 12.45pm, Wednesday 6 August 2014 

Where: UNSW CBD Campus, Level 6, 1 O’Connell Street, Sydney 

Media contact: Steve Offner, UNSW Media, 02 9385 1583, 0424 580 208