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Dr Judith Bannister

Telephone +61 8 8313 4578
Position Senior Lecturer
Fax +61 8 8313 4344
Building Ligertwood Building
Floor/Room 2 05
Campus North Terrace
Org Unit Law School

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Biography/ Background

Judith graduated from the Adelaide Law School and was admitted to practise as a solicitor in New South Wales in 1993. After admission, she was a solicitor, then a legal officer and consultant with the Australian Copyright Council in Sydney. Judith taught at the University of Western Sydney Nepean and Flinders University before joining Adelaide Law School in 2009 to teach Intellectual Property and Administrative Law.

Judith 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. She has a PhD from the Australian National University in the field of information law.

Deputy Director: Public Law & Policy and Research Unit at Adelaide Law School:

Judith was a 2014 - 2015 Visiting Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London


and is a Visiting Fellow at ANU College of Law


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

Teaching Interests

Intellectual Property
Administrative Law

Research Interests

Freedom of Information

Information law 


Privacy / confidential information

Administrative law




David Rolph, Matt Vitins, Judith Bannister and Daniel Joyce, Media Law; cases, materials and commentary (Oxford University Press, 2nd ed, 2015).

Andrew Stewart, Philip Griffith, Judith Bannister and Adam Liberman, Intellectual Property in Australia (Lexis Nexis Butterworths, 5th ed, 2014).

Judith Bannister, Gabrielle Appleby and Anna Olijnyk,  Government Accountability; Australian Administrative Law, (Cambridge University Press, 2015).

Book chapters

Chapter 'Freedom of information in Australia and the role of the media' in Andras Koltay (ed), Comparative Perspectives on the Fundamental Freedom of Expression (Wolters Kluwer Budapest, 2015).

Chapter 21 ‘Indigenous Cultural Heritage in Australia: the control of living heritages’ in Matthew Rimmer (ed), Indigenous Intellectual Property: A Handbook of Contemporary Research (Edward Elgar, 2015). 

'Freedom of information: A new era with old tensions', in Matthew Groves (ed) Modern  Administrative Law in Australia; Concepts and Context (Cambridge University Press, 2014). 

Chapter 13 ‘Freedom of Information’ in Clark, David, Principles of Australian Public Law (LexisNexis, 2nd ed 2007)

Refereed journal articles  

‘Accountability or participation? Disentangling the rationales for FOI access to deliberative material’  [2015] Revue Internationale des Gouvernements Ouverts (International Journal of Open Government) 327-344

‘Open Government: From Crown Copyright to the Creative Commons and Culture Change’ (2011) 34 University of New South Wales Law Journal 1080.

“Before the High Court; The Paradox of Public Disclosure: Hogan v Australian Crime Commission” (2010) 32 Sydney Law Review 159

‘Public Access to Copyright Works Submitted to Government: Copyright Agency Ltd v New South Wales and the Implications for Information Access’ (2008) 36 Federal Law Review 383.

“A tale of two tax stories; Freedom of Information and the public interest in Australia and the United Kingdom” (2008) 4 (1) Open Government: A Journal on Freedom of Information

‘McKinnon v Secretary, Department of Treasury: The Sir Humphrey Clause - Review of conclusive Certificates in Freedom of Information Applications’ (2006) 30 Melbourne University Law Review 961

“Crossing the public/private divide: rethinking the concept of ‘publication’ in an electronic environment” (2000) 18 Copyright Reporter 152

Other publications - law reform submissions

Submission to: Australian Law Reform Commission, Copyright and the Digital Economy, Submission no 715, 2013.

Submission to: Copyright Law Review Committee, Crown Copyright, 2004

With Dr Gabrielle Appleby and Anna Olijnyk  2013 - 2014  submissions to:

South Australian Independent Commissioner Against Corruption's review of the Whistleblowers Protection Act 1993 (SA); and

Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee review of Public Interest Disclosure Bill 2013 (Cth).

Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee review of Freedom of Informaiton Amendment (New Arrangements) Bill 2014 (Cth): Public Law and Policy Research Unit, Submission 10,

Professional Associations

Australian Institute of Administrative Law

Entry last updated: Thursday, 23 Jun 2016

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