LLB (Hons 1) and Ph.D. in Economics (Australian National University)
Admitted as legal practitioner (Australian Capital Territory)
Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors
Recent Career Summary
After considerable experience in Australia and New Zealand as an expert witness in legal proceedings for more than 20 years, the Singapore Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI) recruited Ian in 2002 to help with the drafting of the Singapore Competition Act and the establishment of the Singapore Competition Commission. He subsequently became Chief Economist with the Competition Commission of Singapore. The Chairman of the Competition Commission of Singapore noted in a Letter of Appreciation:
“CCS has benefitted from the legacy of your work in MTI (Ministry of Trade & Industry). You played an instrumental role in putting in place an operational framework for the implementation of the Act. You were pivotal in steering the agency towards adopting a balanced approach to competition law. As Chief Economist you provided sound guidance to the younger officers and helped to build up their technical knowledge and analytical skills. You have also contributed much in developing the CCS’s profile as a competent and dynamic agency in ASEAN and internationally.”
Ian then returned to academia in Singapore as a Visiting Professor in the Law Faculty at the National University of Singapore teaching Asian Competition Law, ASEAN Competition Law, Competition Law and Intellectual Property and Law and Economics. Apart from his close involvement with the setting up of the Singapore Competition Commission, he also wrote three of the Guidelines for the Malaysian Competition Commission on “Market Definition”, “Anti-Competitive Agreements”, “Abuse of Dominance” and advised several other governments in Southeast Asia. He has also been involved with the ASEAN Secretariat in Jakarta (for example, he edited their Handbook on Competition Policy and Law in ASEAN for Business 2013.
Ian is recognized world-wide as a leading expert on competition law and policy (particularly the application of competition law to intellectual property rights) in Southeast Asia – having extensive practical experience as well as writing about the appropriate competition laws for countries with differing levels of economic development. He has published two books on competition law – one on competition law in Singapore and another an edited volume Intellectual Property, Competition Law and Economics in Asia published by Hart Publishing, Oxford which was described as ‘a superb book’ by Emeritus Val Korah of University College London – the doyen of the application of competition law to intellectual property in Europe.
While living in Singapore, Ian was appointed a Member of the Singapore Copyright Tribunal. He is regularly invited to give presentations to government, legal and business groups in Southeast Asia. Ian has taught on several courses on competition law for judges and regulators in Asia with George Mason Law School’s Global Antitrust Institute (with Judge Doug Ginsberg, until recently Chief Justice of the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit in the United States, Joshua Wright and Bruce Kobayashi). Other recent speaking invitations include:
Invited to speak at conference “Competition and Globalization in Developing Countries” NYU Law School, New York, 28 October, 2016.
Invited to speak at the Judge’s Workshop of the OECD/KPC Competition Program, South Korea, 5 to 7 October, 2016.
Co-Organiser “Competition Law in Mainland ASEAN: Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam” Faculty of Law and ASEAN Study Center in Co-operation with Office of Thai Trade Competition Commission, Department of Internal Trade, Thailand. 22 July, 2016.
Invited to speak on “ASEAN Competition Law” at Nagoya University’s Graduate School of Law and Center for Asian Legal Exchange inaugural ceremony and international symposium to celebrate the inauguration of the Asian Legal Exchange Plaza on March 11-12, 2016 in Nagoya, Japan.
“Antitrust and IP in High Tech: What’s Good for Innovation? “ at New York University Law School and Concurrences conference “Antitrust in Emerging and Developing Countries” in New York on Friday October 23, 2015.
He is a member of the Editorial Board for Australian Business Law Review and Co-Editor, Competition Policy International Journal, Boston.