Dr Anna Olijnyk

Dr Anna Olijnyk
  Org Unit Law School
  Email anna.olijnyk@adelaide.edu.au
  Telephone +61 8 8313 7166
  Location Floor/Room 4 06 ,  Ligertwood Building ,   North Terrace

My research focuses on the role of courts in relation to the other branches of government: a topic that encompasses elements of constitutional law, administrative law and procedure. I also research in the related field of government accountability.

I am currently working as a research associate on 'Law, Order and Federalism in Australia' with Associate Professor James Stellios (ANU), Professor John Williams (Adelaide) and Associate Professor Gabrielle Appleby (UNSW). This research project, supported by the Australian Research Council, examines the effect of constitutional restrictions on State and Territory law and order policy. My role is to conduct interviews with State and Territory law- and policy-makers. 

My PhD from Adelaide Law School was conferred in 2015. My thesis, for which I received a Dean's Commendation and Bonython Prize (shared), was on the topic of 'Justice and Efficiency in Mega-Litigation'. I drew on interviews with judges in five Australian jurisdictions in order to explore the ways in which judges give effect to the interests of the community and parties to litigation when dealing with complex commercial cases. 

I completed my LLB at Adelaide Law School in 2008, before spending 18 months as an Associate in the Supreme Court of South Australia.  I joined the Law School as a lecturer in 2014.

PhD, University of Adelaide

LLB (Hons), University of Adelaide

GDLP, Law Society of South Australia

Barrister and Solicitor, Supreme Court of South Australia

Postgraduate research awards:

  • Bonython Prize (Shared)
  • Dean's Commendation

Postgraduate research scholarships:      

  • FA & MF Joyner Scholarship in Law
  • Ian Wilson Liberal Research Scholarship
  • Zelling-Gray Scholarship in Law
  • Baker Scholarship in Law

Undergraduate prizes include:

  • University Medal
  • Stow Medal
  • Angas Parsons Prize
  • RW Bennett Medal


Australian Constitutional Law

Administrative Law

Civil Procedure

Constitutional Law

Administrative Law

Civil Procedure

Review Essay: Less Adversarial Justice and The Remaking of the Courts (2015) 38 University of New South Wales Law Journal 1098

'The Impact of Uncertain Constitutional Norms on Government Policy: Tribunal Design after Kirk' (2015) 26 Public Law Review 91 (with Gabrielle Appleby)

Government Accountability: Australian Administrative Law (Cambridge University Press, 2015) (with Judith Bannister and Gabrielle Appleby)

'Why There Should be a Full Merits Review in SACAT' (2014) 36(11) Law Society Bulletin 10 (with Daniel McCabe)

'Apprehended Bias and Interlocutory Judgments' (2013) 35 Sydney Law Review 761

Committee Member, Australian Association of Constitutional Law (SA Chapter)

Committee Member, Australian Institute of Administrative Law (SA Chapter)

Committee Member, Law Society of South Australia Public Sector Lawyers Committee

I regularly contribute to submissions to government on issues within my research interests, including:


  • Submission to the Independent Commissioner Against Corruption (SA) on the Review of Legislative Schemes (with Judith Bannister)
  • Submission to the House of Representatives Standing Committee on the Environment on proposed changes to the Environmental Register (with Peter Burdon, Alex Reilly and Sylvia Villios)


  • Submission to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee on the constitutional aspects of the Medical Services (Dying with Dignity) Exposure Draft Bill 2014 (with John Williams and Gabrielle Appleby)


  • Submission to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee on the Public Interest Disclosure Bill 2013 (with Judith Bannister and Gabrielle Appleby)
  • Submission to the Independent Commissioner Against Corruption (SA) on the review of the Whistleblowers Protection Act 1993 (SA) (with Judith Bannister and Gabrielle Appleby)

Selected media and blogs

'Apprehended Bias: A Public Critique of the Fair-Minded Lay Observer', AUSPUBLAW, 3 September 2015

The Minefield, ABC Radio National, 3 September 2015

'Explainer: Dyson Heydon and Claims of Apprehended Bias', The Conversation, 18 August 2015

'Is a Constitutional Principle Making States too Cautious with Law and Order Policy?', The Power to Persuade, 18 May 2015 (with Gabrielle Appleby) 

'New Whistleblower Bill Exposes Old Inadequacy', The Age & The Sydney Morning Herald, 26 June 2013 (with Gabrielle Appleby and Judith Bannister)

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Entry last updated: Friday, 4 Sep 2015

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