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Melbourne Law School’s Competition Law & Economics Network (CLEN): The Third Annual Baxt Lecture - Professor Stephen Calkins - Tuesday, 23 October 2012

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The Melbourne Law School’s Competition Law & Economics Network (CLEN) is pleased to invite you to the Third Annual Baxt Lecture in Competition Law.  CLEN hosts an Annual Public Lecture Series on competition law and economics related issues. The Lecture is given by an eminent international or national figure in this field on a topic of contemporary relevance. The intention behind the Lecture series is to highlight and generate debate about big picture policy issues as well as provide comparative insights from other jurisdictions.
The Lecture is named in honour of Professor Bob Baxt AO in recognition of his substantial contribution to the development of competition law in Australia. In particular, the Lecture acknowledges his significant support for the establishment of competition law as a recognised and sought after discipline at the graduate level at the Melbourne Law School. Professor Baxt is the Chair of the Advisory Board of the competition law specialty in the Melbourne Law Masters program.
The 2012 Lecture will be presented by Professor Stephen Calkins, a Member of the Irish Competition Authority and Director of the Mergers Division.
Topic: The Global Conversation about Merger Review and Powerful Buyers

Abstract: Professor Calkins has been involved in merger review as an academic, as a practitioner at a leading global law firm, as General Counsel of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, and now as Member of the Competition Authority of Ireland and Director of its Mergers Division, where he is leading Ireland's updating of its merger guidelines.  He will draw on this rich background to offer observations about the evolution of international practice in analysing mergers, including consequences deriving from different review processes.  He will illustrate his points in part by discussing the timely issue of the role of powerful buyers.
About Stephen Calkins: Stephen was appointed Member of the Competition Authority of Ireland on 1 December 2011 and is Director of the Mergers Division. He is a law professor with experience in university administration, legal practice, and enforcement of competition and consumer law.  Before joining the Authority, Stephen served as Associate Vice President for Academic Personnel and Professor of Law at 32,000-student Wayne State University in Detroit Michigan, where he taught courses in competition and consumer law, among other subjects. He also served as counsel to Covington & Burling in Washington, D.C. He served as General Counsel of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission during the first part of the Clinton Administration.
Stephen has authored, co-authored, and/or co-edited several books and scores of articles on competition and consumer law, and has lectured widely around the world. He is a member of the American Law Institute and a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, and was a Senior Fellow of the American Antitrust Institute. He served for 12 years on the Councils of the American Bar Association Sections of Antitrust Law and/or Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice. He is also a former chair of the Association of American Law School’s Antitrust and Economic Regulation Committee. He holds degrees from Yale and Harvard.

Tuesday, 23rd October
Lunch will be available from 12 noon
The lecture will run from 1-2pm
G08, Ground floor, Melbourne Law School
185 Pelham Street, Carlton
A location map can be found here
Tuesday, 9th October
To register please click here

Kind regards
Assoc. Prof. Caron Beaton-Wells            
CLEN Director
T: +61 3 8344 1004
M: 0418108483
Melbourne Law School, University of Melbourne, Victoria 3010 Australia

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