An expert in competition and intellectual property, Rhonda Smith is a Senior Lecturer in Economics in the Faculty of Business and Economics (FBE) at The University of Melbourne as well as Senior Fellow at the Melbourne Law School (MLS). She teaches undergraduate and Masters subjects relating to economics and law, particularly competition law. Previously, Rhonda taught at Southampton University, U.K., and at the Australian National University.
While competition and consumer issues are Rhonda’s main focus, her research interests also include intellectual property issues. As a result of her expertise in the latter area, Rhonda was appointed a member of the Copyright Tribunal in 2000 and currently serves in that body.
From November 1995 to November 1998, Rhonda was a Commissioner with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission. She continued with the Commission in 1999 as an Associate Commissioner, before returning to academia the following year. Until recently she was a lay member of the High Court of New Zealand.
Rhonda has appeared as an expert witness in a number of major trade practices/competition law cases and has advised numerous law firms in competition matters. Rhonda has also provided training sessions in competition analysis to the staff of the ACCC and the Australian Treasury, as well as at OECD conferences designed to assist judges in the Asian region.
Rhonda has consulted on competition policy for the Asian Development Bank in Papua New Guinea and in the Cook Islands and has served as the International Telecommunications Arbitrator for Papua-New Guinea (PNG). In this work, Rhonda has advised on revising PNG’s competition law and on developing a code of consumer law for the country.
Rhonda is a charter member of Pelham Associates.