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Academic Staff

The Adelaide Law School is a tight-knit and vibrant community of scholars and teachers. Many of our academics are national and international leaders in their fields and the recipients of a wide range of teaching and research awards. View our profiled researchers in a series of extended articles.

The Adelaide Law School is also very proud of our adjunct members, who include former academics from the Law School, distinguished practising and retired jurists and practitioners. Our adjuncts are an important part of our academic community, and assist in our teaching, research and supervision activities.


Professor Melissa de Zwart

Dean of Law
BA (Hons), LL B (Hons), LL M (Melb), Ph D (Monash), Grad Cert Higher ED (Monash)

Prior to joining academia, Melissa was Legal Manager, CSIRO, where she specialised in technology transfer and licensing of intellectual property. Melissa taught in the undergraduate and postgraduate programmes at Monash University for 13 years, and has a special interest in copyright, digital technology, social networking, virtual communities and online games.

Her current research interests include:

  • Copyright
  • Fair dealing
  • Digital technology
  • Content regulation
  • Online games
  • Social networking
  • Governance of online environments
  • Digital identity
  • New media
  • Convergence

Read more about Melissa's research interests and latest publications

Tenured Academics

Professor Paul Babie

Professor
DPhil (Oxford), LLM (Melbourne), LLB (Alberta), BThSt (Flinders), BA (Calgary), Barrister and Solicitor (inactive), Court of Queen's Bench of Alberta, Canada, and Supreme Court of Canada, Associate Member, Law Society of South Australia

Paul is Professor of Law at the Adelaide Law School, Associate Dean (Research), Faculty of the Professions, Associate Dean of Law (Research), Adelaide Law School (ALS) and Director, Research Unit for the Study of Society, Law and Religion (RUSSLR).

His current research interests include:

  • Property Theory
  • Private Law Theory
  • Legal Theory
  • Religious Legal Systems

Read more about Paul's research interests and latest publications

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Dr Judith Bannister

Associate Professor
BA (SAIT), LLB (Hons)(Adel), PhD (ANU)

Judith teaches and researches in Administrative Law and Intellectual Property. She has combined qualifications in law and librarianship to develop her research in the field of regulation of information access: her work integrates freedom of information, copyright and confidential information. Judith has a PhD from the Australian National University in the field of information law.

Her current research interests include:

  • Freedom of Information
  • Information law
  • Copyright
  • Privacy / confidential information

Read more about Judith's research interests and latest publications

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Associate Professor David Brown

Associate Professor
MA(Oxon); Barrister (Inner Temple); Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand

David grew up in England and studied at St Albans' School, Hertfordshire (not at the same time as Stephen Hawking, or the only ever English pope!) and then studied law at Merton College Oxford, gaining a First Class in Jurisprudence.

David is part of the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Law Scholarship Unit (BILS) research cluster.

His current research interests include:

  • Insolvency (personal and corporate)
  • Legal Profession, including Legal Education and Regulation
  • Land Law
  • Charities
  • Equity
  • Trans-Tasman Law

Read more about David's research interests and latest publications

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Dr Peter Burdon

Associate Professor
PhD University of Adelaide, LLB (hons) University of Adelaide, BA (history/philosophy) University of Adelaide

Peter Burdon is a member of the management committee of the University of Adelaide Research Unit for the Study of Society, Law and Religion (RUSSLR).

His current research interests include:

Read more about Peter's research interests and latest publications. View his research profile.

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Mr Domenic Carbone

Lecturer
LL.B, Grad.Dip.LP, LL.M (Commercial)

Domenic has been a full-time lecturer primarily in taxation law since joining the University in 1992. His background in taxation law extends beyond academia and includes experience in both the private and public sectors.

His research interests include:

  • Tax planning and anti-avoidance
  • Taxation of trusts
  • Impact of administrative review on tax law

Read more about Domenic's research interests and latest publications

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Mr David Caruso

Senior Lecturer
B.A., LL.B. (Hons, First Class) (Adelaide), GDLP (LSSA), Admitted to the Supreme Court of South Australia and the High Court of Australia

David teaches, researches and practises in litigious private and public law. He is the Foundation Director of the Litigation Law Unit (LLU) and formerly the Director of the Advocacy and Justice Unit (AJU) of the University. He has presented and published in Australia, Asia, Europe and the United States on litigation frameworks and systems, and international trade.

His current research interests include:

  • Evidence 
  • Trial and Appellate Law
  • Post-Appeal Procedure and Law
  • International Trade
  • Advocacy
  • Criminal Law

Read more about David's research interests and latest publications

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Ms Margaret Castles

Senior Lecturer
LLB (Hons) Adelaide, Grad Dip Int Law (ANU), Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of SA and the High Court of Australia

Before commencing her academic career, Margaret worked as a litigation solicitor and a policy lawyer with the Commonwealth Government, with experience in the areas of civil litigation, administrative law, OHS and child support law. She also has extensive experience as a member of appellate tribunals in SA and the Commonwealth.

Her current research interests include:

  • Applied legal ethics
  • Law teaching
  • Justice access
  • Alternative dispute resolution

Read more about Margaret's research interests and latest publications

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Dr Francesco de Zwart

Lecturer
B Comm (Melb), LL B (Hon) (Melb), LL M (Monash), Grad Dip Ed (Monash), Ph D (Adl) (with University of Adelaide Dean of Graduate Studies Dean's Commendation for Doctoral Thesis Excellence 2014), Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria

In 1993-96, Francesco practised with the Melbourne firm of Arthur Robinson and Hedderrwicks (now Allens Linklaters) including a six-month secondment to the Australian Grand Prix Corporation. He joined the Adelaide Law School from the University's Business School and, prior to that, Monash University in Victoria. His Doctoral Thesis is a theory that can be used to make hypotheses in relation to the relative importance of governance mechanisms, structure and variables in enhancing the long-term efficiency and sustainability of the for-profit firm.

His current research areas are:

  • Corporations Law
  • 'Law and Economics' Theories of the Firm
  • Corporate Collapses
  • Corporate Governance
  • Comparative Corporate Governance
  • Complex Governance System Modelling

Read more about Francesco's research interests and latest publications

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Dr Karen Fairweather

Lecturer
LLB (Hons) (Birmingham), PhD (Exeter)

After graduating with first class honours from the University of Birmingham, Karen Fairweather was awarded a Prince of Wales Scholarship by Gray’s Inn and was called to the Bar in 2007. Prior to joining Adelaide Law School, she worked at Durham University and the University of Queensland. Karen holds a PhD from the University of Exeter. She has taught the law of contracts, the law of trusts, remedies and consumer law.

Her primary research interest is:

  • Consumer law, particularly from historical and comparative perspectives

Read more about Karen's research interests and latest publications

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Dr Mark Giancaspro

Lecturer
LLB (Hons), LP, PhD (Adelaide)

Mark's legal employment background and research interests are both primarily commercial, with issues in contract law and its various applications being his principal theme

His current research interests include:

  • Contract Law
  • Business Law
  • Torts
  • Sports Law

Read more about Mark's research interests and latest publications

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Dr Laura Grenfell

Associate Professor
Education and Professional, B.A. (Hons), LLB (Hons), Adelaide, GCLP, LLM (University of Toronto), PhD (ANU), Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of South Australia, Enrolled on the High Court list of Practitioners

Dr Laura Grenfell teaches and researches in public law. She has a particular interest in constitutional law, comparative constitutional law, human rights law and post-conflict justice.

Her current research interests include:

  • Post-Conflict Justice
  • Public Law
  • Human Rights Law
  • Comparative Law
  • Feminist Legal Theory

Read more about Laura's research interests and latest publications

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Associate Professor Anne Hewitt

Asssociate Professor
BA (UWA), LLB (UWA), LLM (King's), Grad Certificate in Education (Higher Ed) (Adelaide)

Anne studied Arts and Law at the University of Western Australia. After graduating from Law she completed her articles of clerkship with Arthur Robinson and Hedderwicks (now Allens Arthur Robinson) in Perth, before moving to Melbourne to work in commercial and intellectual property litigation.

Her current research interests include:

  • Equality and anti-discrimination laws
  • Native title
  • Legal education

Read more about Anne's research interests and latest publications

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Dr Joanna Howe

Associate Professor
PhD (Oxford), LLM (Oxford), LLB (Hons) (Sydney), BEc (Sydney)

Dr Joanna Howe is a Lecturer of Law at the University of Adelaide and a consultant with Harmers Workplace Lawyers. She completed her Doctorate of Philosophy at the University of Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar in 2012. She completed her Master of Studies in Legal Research in 2009 at the University of Oxford and graduated her Bachelor of Laws with first class honours from the University of Sydney. She has published in top ranked peer-reviewed journals including the Industrial Law Journal and the Australian Journal of Labour Law. She has also worked as a consultant for the International Labour Organisation in Geneva.

Her current research interests include:

Read more about Joanna's research interests and latest publications. View her research profile.

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Ms Cornelia Koch

Senior Lecturer
Erstes Juristisches Staatsexamen (First State Law Exam), Universitaet Wuerzburg Germany, Master of Comparative Law (MCL), The University of Queensland, Australia, Juris Doctor (JD), The University of Queensland, Australia

After completing a German law degree (Erstes Juristisches Staatsexamen, [First State Law Exam]) at the University of Wuerzburg and a period in private legal practice, Cornelia Koch pursued postgraduate studies at the University of Queensland where she obtained a Master of Comparative Law and a Juris Doctor degree.

Her current research interests include:

  • Constitutional Law
  • Comparative Law
  • Comparative Constitutional Law
  • Human Rights
  • The Judicial Role
  • European Union Law

Read more about Cornelia's research interests and latest publications

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Dr Rebecca LaForgia

Senior Lecturer
LL.B (First Class Hons, University of Adelaide), LL.M ( First Class Hons, University of Cambridge)

Rebecca teaches and researches in Public International Law and Australian Constitutional Law: her main interest is in exploring the question of how these areas of law can meaningfully be made accessible to and open for all people. She has a First Class Honours degree in Law from Adelaide University, and a First Class Masters degree in Law from Cambridge University.

Her current research interests include:

  • Public International Law
  • Australian Constitutional Law

Read more about Rebecca's research interests and latest publications

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Dr Colette Langos

Lecturer
BA (Adelaide), LLB (Adelaide), GDLP, MComLaw (Deakin), PhD (UniSA)

Colette specialises in teaching Commercial Law to business students at both the undergraduate and postgraduate level. Colette’s academic research interests include technology law and operational commercial law in a military context. She is an active member of multiple professional associations and is a member of the Commercial Law Division of the University of Adelaide Research Unit on Military Law & Ethics (RUMLAE).

Her current post-doctoral research interests include:

  • cyberbullying
  • sexting
  • misuse of technology in cross cultural contexts
  • restorative justice
  • police legitimacy

Read more about Colette's research interests and latest publications

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Mr Paul Leadbeter

Senior Lecturer
LLM, (Adelaide), Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice, SAIT (now UniSA), LLB (Hons), University of Adelaide, Admitted as a Barrister & Solicitor of the High Court of Australia & the Supreme Court of South Australia

Paul Leadbeter joined the Adelaide Law School in January 2010 as a Senior Lecturer. Prior to that he had been a partner in the Adelaide law firm, Norman Waterhouse where as a member of that firm's Environment and Planning team he had provided advice and representation to the firm's significant local government client base and private clients.

His current research interests include:

  • Environmental Law
  • Land-use planning law and policy
  • Water law
  • Public law

Read more about Paul's research interests and latest publications

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Dr Suzanne Le Mire

Associate Professor
PhD, Monash University, BA, University of Adelaide, LLB( Hons), University of Adelaide, GDLP, South Australia Institute of Technology, Barrister and Solicitor Supreme Court of South Australia, Barrister and Solicitor High Court of Australia

Prior to moving to academia, Suzanne practiced law at Adelaide Law firm, Piper Alderman. Suzanne teaches corporate law, corporate governance and legal ethics. She is currently supervising a number of PhD and masters students in these fields.

Her current research interests include:

  • Corporate law, governance, and ethics
  • The legal profession, its regulation, and ethics

Read more about Suzanne's research interests and latest publications

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Dr Michelle Lim

Lecturer
LLB (Hons), PhD (UNE)

Dr Lim completed double degree in Science and Law and a PhD on transboundary biodiversity conservation at the University of New England. Michelle chairs the Early Career Group of the World Commission on Environmental Law and is a lead author on the Global Assessment of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES). She has taught Torts, Corporate and Property Law.

Her current research interests include:

  • systems approaches and the Sustainable Development Goals; and
  • ways to implement Indigenous First Laws in the context of the Mardoowarra (Fitzroy River) in the West Kimberley Law of the Sea

Read more about Michelle's research interests and latest publications

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Dr Nengye Liu

Senior Lecturer
LLB, LLM, PhD (Ghent)

Dr Liu completed his LLB at Wuhan University, China, holds a LLM in International Economic Law from Wuhan and a Doctor of Law from Ghent Unviersity, Belgium.

His current research interests include:

  • Law of the Sea
  • International Environmental Law
  • Chinese Law
  • European Union Law
  • Polar Governance

Read more about Nengye's research interests and latest publications

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Professor Ngaire Naffine

Professor
LLB, PhD, FASSA, Barrister of the Supreme Court of New South Wales, Solicitor and Barrister of the Supreme Court of the A.C.T., Barrister of the High Court of Australia

Ngaire Naffine is a Professor of Law at the University of Adelaide. She has published in the areas of criminology, criminal law, jurisprudence, feminist legal theory and medical law. Her most recent work is about the influence of philosophy, religion and evolutionary biology on law and the legal person.

Her current research interests include:

  • Legal Theory
  • Criminal Law
  • Medical Law
  • Feminist Theory

Read more about Ngaire's research interests and latest publications

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Dr Beth Nosworthy

Lecturer
B Sc (Ma & Comp Sc), Dip Lang, Hons LLB, GDLP, BCL (Oxon), DPhil

Beth studied for undergraduate degrees in Science (Maths and Computer Science), Language and Law at the University of Adelaide, completing her Honours Dissertation for Law in 2003.  After graduating, she worked as an Associate in the Supreme Court of South Australia and as a commercial lawyer with an Adelaide firm, whilst taking a part-time role as a seminar leader in the Law School.

Her current research interests include:

  • Fiduciary Obligations
  • Corporate Structure
  • Corporate Governance
  • Business Ethics

Read more about Beth's research interests and latest publications

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Dr Anna Olijnyk

Lecturer
PhD (Adel), LLB Hons, GDLP

Anna studied for undergraduate degree at the University of Adelaide, completing in 2008, and spent 18 months as an Associate in the Supreme Court of South Australia.

Her current research interests include:

  • Public Law

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Mr Allan Perry

Lecturer

His current research interests include:

  • Civil liberties
  • Crime
  • Criminology

Read more about Allan's research interests and latest publications

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Dr David Plater

Senior Lecturer, Deputy Director, South Australian Law Reform Institute (SALRI)
BA/LLB, LLM, PhD (UTAS), Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of South Australia (also admitted in Northern Territory, England, Republic of Ireland and Tasmania)

David joined the Adelaide Law School in 2015. He obtained his PhD in 2011 from the University of Tasmania. His thesis examined the historical and modern development and application of the role of the prosecution lawyer as a 'minister of justice'. David combines roles in both legal practice and the unviersity sector. He has extensive previous practical experience as a prosecution lawyer in both England and Australia. He still works as a legal practitioner in Adelaide. He is a mentor on the South Australian Indigenous Law Students scheme. In 2013 he was part of a national team of researchers who were awarded an Australian Research Council Linkage grant to conduct an ongoing national study aimed at gauging informed public opinion on sentencing for sex offences by surveying the views of jurors in sex offence trials in all higher courts in Australia.

His current research interests include:

  • The Prerogative of Mercy and the Historical Exercise of the Death Penalty
  • Sentencing of Sexual Offenders
  • The Position of Vulnerable Victims and Witnesses in the Criminal Justice System
  • The Role of the Prosecutor and Prosecutorial Discretion

Read more about David's research interests and latest publications

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Professor Alexander (Alex) Reilly

Deputy Dean
LL.M. (University of British Columbia), Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice (University of South Australia), LL.B.(Hons.) (University of Adelaide), B.A.(Juris.) (University of Adelaide)

Alex Reilly joined the law school at Adelaide in 2007. Prior to his appointment at Adelaide he was a Lecturer in the School of Law at Murdoch University, Perth from 1997 to 2000 and then a Senior Lecturer in the Division of Law at Macquarie University from 2001 to June 2007 when he joined the School of Law at Adelaide.

His current research interests include:

  • Migration law and policy
  • Refugee law
  • Legal Theory
  • Public law
  • Indigenous legal rights

Read more about Alex's research interests and latest publications

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Dr Bernadette Richards

Associate Professor
B.A., Dip Ed, LLB (Hons), Ph.D

Bernadette began her professional life as an English and Drama teacher, then moved on to the RAAF where she served as an Education Officer for many years. Along the way, she studied law and decided to combine her interests in education and the law and move into an academic role.

Her current research interests include:

  • Medical Law
  • Bioethics
  • Tort Law

Read more about Bernadette's research interests and latest publications

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Dr Manuel (Manny) Solis

Lecturer
PhD (University of Adelaide), MSc in Public Policy and Management (Carnegie Mellon), Master of Environmental Law (Sydney), LLB, BA (University of Philippines)

His current research interests include:

  • Energy Law (Renewable energy and access to modern energy services)
  • Climate Change Law (disaster risk management, recovery, reconstruction, and compensation)
  • Environmental Law
  • International Human Rights Law (Socioeconomic rights)

Read more about Manny's research interests and latest publications

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Professor Dale Stephens, CSM

Professor
B.A. (Flinders), LL.B (Hons) (Adel.), GDLP (SAIT), LL.M (Melb.), LL.M (Harv.), SJD (Harv.)

Captain in the Royal Australian Navy Reserve who spent over 20 years as a permanent officer in the Navy before taking up his appointment at Adelaide Law School. He has occupied numerous staff officer appointments throughout his career in the Australian Defence Force, including Fleet Legal Officer, Command Legal Officer (Naval Training Command), Chief Legal Officer Strategic Operations Command, Director of Operational and International Law, Deputy Director of the Asia-Pacific Centre for Military Law (a joint venture with Melbourne University Law School), Director Navy Legal and Director of the Military Law Centre.

Currently Director of Adelaide Research Unit on Military Law and Ethics (RUMLAE).

His current research interests include:

Read more about Dale's research interests and latest publications. View his research profile.

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Professor Andrew Stewart

John Bray Professor of Law
BA (Hons) in Jurisprudence, BCL (Oxon)

Andrew's main interests lie in employment law and workplace relations, contract law and intellectual property. His most recent publications include the fourth edition of his popular text  Stewart's Guide to Employment Law and Independent Contractors: A Practical Guide (with colleagues from Piper Alderman). He is also the co-author of leading texts, Labour Law (with Breen Creighton) and Intellectual Property in Australia (with Philip Griffith and Judith Bannister).

His current research interests include:

  • Employment law and workplace relations
  • Contracts
  • Intellectual property

Read more about Andrew's research interests and latest publications

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Dr Matthew Stubbs

Associate Professor
Ph.D. in Law (University of Adelaide), Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of South Australia and High Court of Australia, GDLP (Law Society of South Australia), Hons.LL.B. (First Class) (University of Adelaide), B.Ec., B.Fin.

Dr Matthew Stubbs is a Senior Lecturer in the Law School at the University of Adelaide. His research and teaching is focussed in the areas of human rights, constitutional law and international law.

His current research interests include:

  • Constitutional Law
  • Legal History
  • Human Rights
  • Public International Law
  • Statutory Interpretation

Read more about Matthew's research interests and latest publications

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Professor Christopher Symes

Professor
LLB, LLM (Adel), Grad Dip Legal Prac (SAIT), Grad Cert Tertiary Ed, MEd, PhD (Flin), Admitted as Barrister and Solicitor High Court of Australia, Admitted as Barrister and Solicitor Supreme Court of South Australia

Christopher's main academic interest is insolvency law. In this area he has written four textbooks and numerous articles for both an academic and practitioner readership. Christopher's book Australian Insolvency Law, co-written with John Duns, is now in its second edition.

His current research interests include:

  • Corporate insolvency particularly employees and other priorities, history, regulation of practitioners, liquidations, DoCAs
  • Bankruptcy
  • Insolvency Law

Read more about Christopher's research interests and latest publications

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Ms Maeghan Toews

Lecturer
BA (University of Western Ontario, Juris Doctor (University of Toronto), LLM (Leiden University)

Maeghan joined the permanent staff of the Adelaide Law School in 2017. Prior to her appointment as a lecturer, Maeghan researched and lectured at the University of Alberta, Faculty of Law. Her primary areas of academic interest are health law and biotechnology, including legal issues associated with genetics and genomics, reproductive health, and organ and tissue donation and transplantation.

Her current research interests include:

  • Health Law and Policy
  • Comparative Law
  • Human Rights Law

Read more about Maeghan's research interests and latest publications

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Ms Kellie Toole

Lecturer
Bachelor of Arts (Honours), Master of Arts (History), Bachelor of Law and Legal Practice (Honours) (University Medal)

Kellie joined the permanent staff of the Adelaide Law School in 2012. Her interest in both legal practice and research is at the intersection of criminal law and human rights law. She also worked with legal aid criminal clients in private practice and for the Legal Services Commission of SA in 2008 and 2009.

Her current research interests include:

  • Rape (especially marital rape)
  • Murder
  • Defences to homicide
  • Domestic violence offences

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Mr John Tretola

Lecturer
B Com. (Adel), LL.B (with Hons) (Adel), G.D.L.P. (Law Soc.), M. Tax (UNSW), LL.M (Global Business Law) (La Trobe), CPA

John has 10 years experience in the Australian Taxation Office in audit related roles, over 2 years experience in one of Adelaide's leading law firms in their tax and commercial division, and over 2 years experience in an accounting firm as a senior tax accountant. He is also proprietor of a small tax agent practice since 2003.

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Mrs Sylvia Villios

Lecturer
B Com. (Accounting) (Adel), LL.B (with Hons) (Adel), G.D.L.P. (Law Society of South Australia), CTA, M. Tax (UNSW)

Sylvia's background in taxation and commercial law extends beyond academia and includes experience in legal practice. Prior to her appointment as a lecturer, Sylvia was engaged in legal practice for 6 years at two of Adelaide's leading law firms, specialising in advising clients on taxation, trust law, superannuation and general corporate and commercial matters.

Her research interests include:

  • Tax law
  • Tax policy
  • Corporate taxation
  • International tax issues and environment issues and regulations

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Mrs Jessica Viven-Wilksch

Lecturer
License in Law ( Université Toulouse Capitole); Diploma in Common Law(Ireland), MCL (Mannheim Universitat /University of Adelaide), MADIC (Mannheim Universitat/ Université Toulouse Capitole)

Jessica joined the law school in 2015. She arrived in Australia as a Master of Comparative Law Student at the University of Adelaide and has since joined academia. Prior to this appointment, she lectured at Flinders Law School as well as at Université Toulouse Capitole.

Her research interests include:

  • Contract law
  • Comparative law and theory
  • Law reform
  • Private international law

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Dr Alex Wawryk

Senior Lecturer
B.Ec (Hons) University of Adelaide, LL.B (Hons) University of Adelaide, Ph.D (law) University of Adelaide, Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice, Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of South Australia

Her current research interests include:

  • Laws regulating the development of renewable energy
  • Wind energy and the law
  • Oil and gas law

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Professor John Williams

Dame Roma Mitchell Chair of Law and Director, South Australian Law Reform Institute (SALRI)

John Williams joined the Adelaide Law School in 1997 as a lecturer having completed his doctorate at the Law Program, Research School of Social Sciences at the Australian National University.

His current research interests include:

  • The areas of public law and legal history. In particular the history of federation and the theoretical assumptions in the Australian Constitution such as republican theory.
  • A continuing interest is constitutional reform at both the State and Federal level.
  • Increasingly interested in issues of water management and the regulatory framework in Australia.

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Mr David Wright

Senior Lecturer
Master of Laws - The University of British Columbia, Bachelor of Laws (Hons) - The University of Sydney, Bachelor of Economics - The University of Sydney

David Wright was Associate Dean of Law (International), Associate Dean of Law (Research) and Associate Dean of Law (Postgraduate) at the University of Adelaide Law School. He has been a Visiting Professor, University of Tokyo and Visiting Research Scholar, Kings' College London. He is a senior lecturer at the University of Adelaide.

His current research interests include:

  • Equity (including Trusts)
  • Remedies
  • Property

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Adjunct / Emeritus Professors

Adjunct Professor Kent Anderson

His current research interests include:

  • Comparative Law (particularly with Asia)
  • Private International Law
  • Law and Society (including Juries & Crime)

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The Hon David Bleby QC

Adjunct Professor

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Emeritus Professor Adrian Bradbrook

Emeritus Professor
The University of Mannheim - D iur (h.c.) The University of Melbourne - LLD, Cambridge University - Ph D, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, Toronto - LLM Cambridge University - MA, Cambridge University - BA (1st Class Hons) (Law)

Adrian Bradbrook initially graduated in Law at the University of Cambridge and has spent most of his working life as an academic. Prior to taking up the Bonython Chair of Law at the University of Adelaide in 1988, he held full-time positions as an Assistant Professor of Law at Dalhousie University (Canada) (1970-72) and at the University of Melbourne, first as a Senior Lecturer (1972-79) and later as a Reader (1980-87).

His current research interests include:

  • Property Law
  • Energy Law

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The Hon Catherine Branson QC

Adjunct Professor

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Emeritus Professor Michael Detmold

Emeritus Professor

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The Hon John Doyle AC QC

Adjunct Professor

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Dr John Emerson

Director University of Adelaide Press

John's formal studies are in French, specialising in cinema. He completed a postgraduate degree at the Université de Paris III - Sorbonne Nouvelle and a PhD at Adelaide comparing French and Australian representations of colonial history in contemporary cinema. With the support of the Vice-Chancellor and the University Library, John established the University of Adelaide Press in 2008, which publishes scholarly books by the University's staff.  He is currently the Director of the Press.

His current research interests include:

  • John's current primary research is his biography of John Bray

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The Hon Paul Finn

Adjunct Professor

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Emeritus Professor Judith Gardam

Emeritus Professor
Education and Professional, LLB (UWA & Mon), LLM PHD (Melb), Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia; Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria and The High Court of Australia

After graduating in Law from the University of Western Australia Judith Gardam worked at the Crown Law Department of Western Australian, the Western Australian Law Reform Commission and was a part time and then full time member of the academic staff at the Law School of the University of Western Australia.

Her current research interests include:

  • Public International Law
  • International Humanitarian Law
  • Feminist Legal Theory

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Dr John Gava

Adjunct Associate Professor

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The Hon Tom Gray QC

Adjunct Professor

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Mr Matthew Goode

Adjunct Associate Professor
LLB (Hons), LLM

Matthew's principal subjects taught includes Selected Issues in Criminal Law Major Publications, Criminal Conspiracy in Canada & Council Meetings in South Australia (with David Williams)

His current research interests include:

  • Criminal Law

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Mr Ian Henderson

Adjunct Associate Professor
Ph.D (Melb), LL.M (Melb), LL.B (Monash), BSc (Monash)

Group Captain Ian Henderson AM is a member of the Royal Australian Air Force Legal Corps. He holds a Ph.D from Melbourne University. Ian has previously deployed on operations to East Timor (INTERFET), Afghanistan and the Middle East. His ‘exceptional service in the field of military law’ was recognised, being made a Member of the Order of Australia in 2011. His postings have included Senior Prosecutor Office of Military Prosecutions, Deputy Director Military Discipline Law and Law of Armed Conflict and Maritime Law Advisor, CENTCOM. His most recent posting was as Director of the Military Law Centre.

Ian’s current interests include:

    • International Law
    • Law of Armed Conflict
    • Discipline (Criminal) Law
    • Aviation Law
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The Hon Justice Martin Hinton

Adjunct Professor

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Dr John Keeler

Emeritus Fellow

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Emeritus Fellow Ian Leader-Elliott

Emeritus Fellow
LLB (Melbourne University Law School), JD (University of Chicago Law School)

Ian graduated in Law from the University of Melbourne before completing a JD degree at the University of Chicago as a Fulbright Fellow in 1967-8. He returned to Melbourne University Law School as a senior lecturer where he taught until 1986 when he joined the academic staff of Adelaide University Law School.

His current research interests include:

      • Codification of the Criminal Law
      • Sentencing Law
      • Criminal Law and Criminal Law Theory

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Emeritus Fellow Andrew Ligertwood

Emeritus Fellow

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Professor Geoffrey Lindell

Adjunct Professor



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Emeritus Professor Horst Lücke

Emeritus Professor

Professor Horst Lücke was born and educated in Germany. He is a Professor Emeritus, University of Adelaide and an Honorary Professor of Law at the University of Queensland. He has been closely associated with the University of Adelaide since 1959, occupying inter alia the positions of Professor of Law (1967–84) and Head of the Law School (1970–72, 1976–78). Professor Lücke has also taught at universities in New York, Oxford, Freiburg, Hamburg and at Bond University. He has published widely in Australian and in international journals. One of his main interests is comparative law.

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Ms Helen Marks

Adjunct Associate Professor

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      Mr Stephen McDonald

      Adjunct Senior Lecturer

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          Ms Kath McEvoy

          Adjunct Associate Professor
          LLB (Hons), BA (Hons), Dip. Ed, Grad Cert Ed (HEd), Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of SA and the High Court of Australia

          Kath McEvoy was law teacher for many years.

          Kath is a founder of the Law School’s legal advice clinic which provides legal support for disadvantaged people, Adelaide Legal Outreach Service, and continues to supervise at ALOS.

          Her current research interests include:

          • Australian Constitutional Law
          • Administrative Law
          • Alternative Dispute Resolution

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      Mr Anthony Moore

      Adjunct Associate Professor

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      Professor Emerita Rosemary Owens, AO

      Professor Emerita
      BA(Hons), Dip Ed, LLB (Hons) (Adelaide)

      Professor Owens' field of research expertise is in the area of 'the law of work', which includes international labour law; employment, labour and industrial relations law; and anti-discrimination law. She is particularly interested in the problem of fundamental rights and standards at work in the global context, and is especially concerned with precarious work and the position of women, young people and other marginalised groups in the labour market. Her research methodology is broad ranging and includes a feminist and socio-legal theoretical approach to her subject matter.

      Acknowledged internationally as a leader in her field, Professor Owens has held many significant appointments during her academic career. In 2010 she was appointed to the International Labour Organisation's Committee of Experts on the Application of Conventions and Recommendations (CEACR), which comprises 20 leading experts from around the world appointed on the basis of their independence and integrity as well knowledge of their discipline. She was rapporteur on 'Work in the Informal Economy' to the World Congress on Labour and Social Security Law in 2009, and has presented many papers to conferences both internationally and nationally. Professor Owens is also currently a member of the Editorial Board of the Australian Journal of Labour Law, and was previously its Editor (2003-2007). She is an active member of the Australian Labour Lawyers Association and has been a member of the National Executive (2002-2006).

      Professor Owens was a member of the academic staff of Adelaide Law School since 1987. During her academic career she took an active role in university and law school administration, including serving as the Dean of Law between 2007 and 2011. Professor Owens is a member of the Australian Academy of Law.

      Professor Owens has also held a number of appointments with government and non-government organizations. She has served as the Chair of the South Australian Government's Ministerial Advisory Committee on Work/Life Balance (2010-2013), and as a board member of several statutory corporations, including the SA Water Corporation (2003-2008) and the West Beach Trust (1993-1997). Since the early 1990s she has been associated with the Working Women's Centre in Adelaide, and during that time she has participated as both Chair (2003-2006) and Member of its Board of Management.

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      The Hon Justice Melissa Perry

      Visiting Research Fellow

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      Professor Emeritus Wilfrid Prest

      Professor Emeritus
      BA (Melb.), DPHil (Oxon.) , FRHistS, FAHA, FASSA

      Apart from two years as Assistant Professor at The Johns Hopkins University, and visiting posts elsewhere, Prest taught history in Adelaide until 2002. He then he took up an ARC Australian Professorial Fellowship for a research project on the life and works of the eighteenth-century English legal author William Blackstone, moving to the Law School in 2003.

      His current research interests include:

          • Blackstone's Commentaries on the Laws of England : a variorum edition
          • Corruption, political and judicial, in early modern England
          • The history of history, and universities, in Australia
          • South Australian history

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      Professor Eibe Riedel

      Adjunct Professor

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      Mr Neville Rochow SC

      Adjunct Associate Professor

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      Professor Ivan Shearer

      Adjunct Professor

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      Mr Geof Stapledon

      Adjunct Professor

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          The Hon Justice Steven Strickland

          Adjunct Professor

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      Mr Mike Wait

      Adjunct Senior Lecturer

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