Professor Andrew Stewart

John Bray Professor of Law
Professor Andrew Stewart
  Org Unit Law School
  Telephone +61 8 8313 4445
  Location Floor/Room 2 24 ,  Ligertwood Building ,   North Terrace

Andrew is the John Bray Professor of Law at the University of Adelaide. His main interests lie in employment law and workplace relations, contract law and intellectual property. His most recent publications include the sixth edition of Creighton and Stewart's Labour Law; the fifth edition of Stewart's Guide to Employment Law; and the fifth edition of Intellectual Property in Australia, written with Philip Griffith, Judith Bannister and Adam Liberman. He is also part of three teams recently awarded Australian Research Council funding: a Discovery Grant to examine the regulation of post-secondary work experience; a Linkage Grant to study the Fair Work Commission’s role in facilitating workplace cooperation; and a Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities Grant to help develop a new online database of employment and industrial law materials.

Besides working as a consultant with the national law firm Piper Alderman, Andrew has provided expert advice to the International Labour Organisation, to Federal and State governments in Australia and to a wide range of other organisations. His recent work has included major reports commissioned by the Fair Work Ombudsman on unpaid internships (co-authored by Rosemary Owens), and by the Fair Work Commission on equal remuneration claims (with Robyn Layton QC and Meg Smith). Prior to that, he advised the federal government on the drafting and structure of the Fair Work legislation.

Andrew is the President of the Australian Labour Law Association, a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law, an Editor of the Australian Journal of Labour Law and co-director of the Adelaide Law School's research group on Work and Employment Regulation. He has previously been Chair of the Committee of Australian Law Deans and President of the Industrial Relations Society of South Australia. Before taking up his current post he worked at the University of Sydney and at Flinders University, where he was Dean of Law from 1994-1997.

BA (Hons) in Jurisprudence, BCL (Oxon)

Employment/workplace law

Employment law and workplace relations
Intellectual property

Recent publications (since 2012) include:


Creighton and Stewart's Labour Law (with Anthony Forsyth, Mark Irving, Richard Johnstone and Shae McCrystal), 6th ed, Federation Press, Sydney, 2016

Stewart's Guide to Employment Law, 5th ed, Federation Press, Sydney, 2015

Intellectual Property in Australia (with Philip Griffith, Judith Bannister and Adam Liberman), 5th ed, LexisNexis, Sydney, 2014

Multinational Human Resource Management and the Law: Common Workplace Problems in Different Legal Environments (with Matthew Finkin, Joel Cutcher-Gershenfeld, Takashi Araki, Philipp Fischinger, Roberto Fragale Filho and Bernd Waas), Edward Elgar, Cheltenham (UK) and Northampton, Ma (US), 2013

Independent Contractors: A Practical Guide (with Piper Alderman), CCH Australia, Sydney 2013


Unpaid Work Experience in Australia: Prevalence, Nature and Impact (with Damian Oliver, Paula McDonald and Anne Hewitt), Department of Employment, Canberra, 2016

Equal Remuneration under the Fair Work Act 2009 (with Robyn Layton QC and Meg Smith), Fair Work Commission, Melbourne, 2013

Experience or Exploitation? The Nature, Prevalence and Regulation of Unpaid Work Experience, Internships and Trial Periods in Australia (with Rosemary Owens), Fair Work Ombudsman, Melbourne, 2013


“At the Intersection of Education and Work: Young People, Equality and Regulation of the Labour Market” (with Anne Hewitt, Rosemary Owens and Joanna Howe) in J Howe, A Chapman and I Landau (eds), The Evolving Project of Labour Law, Federation Press, Sydney, 2017, pp 102–116

“Labour Regulation, Work Experience and Youth: Lessons from the Scholarship of Ann Numhauser-Henning” (with Rosemary Owens, Anne Hewitt and Joanna Howe) in M Rönnmar and J Julén Votinius (eds), Festskrift till Ann Numhauser-Henning, Juristförlaget, Lund, 2017, pp 643–659

"Continuity and Change in Australian Labour Regulation: Work Choices, Fair Work and the Role of the ‘Independent Umpire’” in K Hancock and R D Lansbury (eds), Industrial Relations Reform: Looking to the Future, Federation Press, Sydney, 2016, pp 40–65

"Job Loss" (wuth Joanna Howe and Esther Sanchez) in M W Finkin and G Mundlak (eds), Comparative Labor Law, Edward Elgar, Cheltenham (UK) and Northampton, Ma (US), 2015, pp 268–295

"Regulating for Job Quality" (with Jill Murray) in A Knox and C Warhurst (eds), Job Quality in Australia, Federation Press, Sydney, 2015, pp 37-62

“Industrial Relations” (with Elise Jenkin) in J Spoehr (ed), State of South Australia: Turbulent Times, Wakefield Press, Adelaide, 2013, pp 280–300

“Illegality and Public Policy” in J L R Davis (ed), Contract: General Principles, 2nd ed, Thomson Reuters, Sydney, 2012, pp 197–249



"Regulating for Decent Work Experience: Meeting the Challenge of the Rise of the Intern" (with Rosemary Owens) (2016) 155 International Labour Review 679

“Swimming against the Tide: New Challenges for Unions under Australian Labour Law” (with Anthony Forsyth) (2016) 38 Comparative Labor Law & Policy Journal 99

“Swimming Against the Tide? Australian Labour Regulation and the Fissured Workplace” (with Richard Johnstone) (2015) 37 Comparative Labor Law & Policy Journal 55

“‘Promoting Cooperative and Productive Workplace Relations’: Exploring the Fair Work Commission’s New Role” (with Mark Bray, Johanna Macneil and Sarah Oxenbridge) (2014) 27 Australian Journal of Labour Law 258

“Equal Remuneration and the Social and Community Services Case: Progress or Diversion on the Road to Pay Equity?” (with Meg Smith) (2014) 27 Australian Journal of Labour Law 31

“From the Arbitration System to the Fair Work Act:  The Changing Approach in Australia to Voice and Representation at Work” (with Mark Bray) (2013) 34 Adelaide Law Review 21

“Resolving Disputes over Employment Rights in Australia” (with Ron McCallum and Joellen Riley) (2013) 34 Comparative Labor Law & Policy Journal 843

“Contractual Penalties: Resurrecting the Equitable Jurisdiction” (with John Carter, Wayne Courtney, Elisabeth Peden and Greg Tolhurst) (2013) 30 Journal of Contract Law 99

"What is Distinctive About the Fair Work Regime?" (with Mark Bray) (2013) 26 Australian Journal of Labour Law 20; republished as  “What is Distinctive About the Fair Work Regime?” in S L Willborn and A C Neal (eds), Yearbook of Comparative Labour Law Scholarship 2014, Lancaster House, Toronto, 2014, pp 261–300

"Of ‘Kamikazes' and ‘Mad Men': The Fallout from the Qantas Industrial Dispute" (with Anthony Forsyth) (2013) 36 Melbourne University Law Review 785

“The Reach of Labour Regulation: Tackling Sham Contracting” (with Cameron Roles) (2012) 25 Australian Journal of Labour Law 258

“Economic Globalization and Convergence in Labor Market Regulation: An Empirical Assessment” (with Peter Gahan, Richard Mitchell, Sean Cooney and Brian Cooper) (2012) 60 American Journal of Comparative Law 703

“What’s Wrong with the Australian Law of Contract?” (2012) 29 Journal of Contract Law 74

“Australian Labour Law in Transition: The Impact of the Fair Work Act” (2012) 37 New Zealand Journal of Employment Relations 3



Australian Academy of Law

National Tertiary Education Union

Research Associate, National Institute of Labour Studies, Flinders University

Industrial Relations Society of South Australia (President, 2001-03)

International Labour and Employment Relations Association

Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand

Australian Labour Law Association (President, 2009-)

Associate, Centre for Employment and Labour Relations Law, University of Melbourne

Overseas Correspondent, Committee on International Studies of the National Academy of Arbitrators (North America)

Law Society of South Australia (Industrial Relations Committee, 2009-2012)

CategoriesEmployment & IR, Law, Crime & Justice
Expertiseemployment law; industrial law; workplace relations; industrial relations
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