Workshop on Australian Pecuniary Penalties for Competition Law Infringements


 26 March 2018  Sydney, Australia 


The OECD is organising a one-day workshop in Sydney on 26 March 2018 to present the results of an OECD review of the Australian Pecuniary Penalties for Competition Law Infringements.



Australia’s system for imposing sanctions for breaches of competition law is capable of delivering substantial and deterrent sanctions for such breaches. In recent years, important cases have increasingly been brought before the courts for decisions about sanctions. Building on prior OECD work comparing sanctions regimes for competition law regimes, Australia has asked the OECD to review its pecuniary sanctions regime and compare it with the practices of a number of representative OECD jurisdictions. The resulting report will be presented during a workshop and discussed amongst Australian and international experts from a variety of backgrounds.



In addition to the presentation of the forthcoming report on Australian Pecuniary Penalties for Competition Law Infringements, the programme includes a number of panels where the views of invited academics,  legal profession practicionners, judges and the business and consumers society from Australia and abroad will be discussed.



The workshop will feature Australian and international experts and practitionners including:  

  • Frédéric Jenny
    Chairman of the OECD Competition Committee
  • Sir Marcus Smith QC
    Justice of the High Court of England and Wales and the Competition Appeal Tribunal
  • Savvas Papasavvas
    Judge of the General Court of the European Union
  • The Hon Ray Finkelstein AO QC
    Former Justice of the Federal Court and former President of the Australian Competition Tribunal
  • Sarah McNaughton SC
    Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions
  • Rod Sims
    Chair, Australian Consumer and Competition Commission
  • Caron Beaton-Wells
    Professor, University of Melbourne
  • John Connor
    Emeritus Professor, Purdue University



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Related materials and links  

Sanctions in Antitrust Cases, 2016 Global Forum on Competition Roundtable

Public and Private Antitrust Enforcement in Competition, 2015

Remedies and Sanctions in Abuse of Dominance Cases, 2006

Cartel Sanctions against Individuals, 2003

Report on the Nature and Impact of Hard Core Cartels and Sanctions under National Competition Laws, 2002

Judicial enforcement of competition law, 1996

List of all best practice roundtables on competition 

More OECD work on Competition


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