Blockchain: Issues in Australian Competition and Consumer Law

Australian Journal of Competition and Consumer Law, Forthcoming

14 Pages Posted: 18 Jan 2019

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Michael Milnes

Thomson Reuters; University of Bradford - School of Management

Date Written: July 26, 2018

Abstract

Blockchain is an emerging technology with potential applications across a wide range of economic activities and which will increasingly raise issues for competition law and policy. This article explores the blockchain concept from the perspective of Australian competition and consumer law. It considers the benefits of blockchain technology in light of the object of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Cth) and the specific risks of anti-competitive conduct that may arise under Australian law from the use of blockchain. It also identifies some of the challenges and opportunities that are likely to arise during investigation and enforcement action relating to blockchain-related applications.

Keywords: Blockchain, Distributed ledger technology, Antitrust, Competition law, Cartel conduct, Collusive behaviour

Suggested Citation

Milnes, Michael, Blockchain: Issues in Australian Competition and Consumer Law (July 26, 2018). Australian Journal of Competition and Consumer Law, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3312401

Michael Milnes (Contact Author)

Thomson Reuters ( email )

United States

University of Bradford - School of Management ( email )

Emm Lane
Bradford, West Yorkshire Bd9 4JL
United Kingdom

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