Dr Anna Olijnyk

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

    My research focuses on the role of courts in relation to other branches of government: a topic that extends to aspects of constitutional, administrative and procedural law. Much of my work has drawn on qualitative interviews with people responsible for creating and applying law and policy, including judges, politicians, and government lawyers. 

    My current research topics include: 

    • The role of judges in managing extremely complex civil litigation: how do judges reconcile the demands of justice and efficiency? 
    • The influence of constitutional principles on state and territory law and policy.
    • The contributions of non- judicial institutions, organisations and individuals to constitutional interpretation in Australia; and the way these contributions affect judicial constitutional interpretation. 
  • Qualifications

    PhD, University of Adelaide

    LLB (Hons), University of Adelaide

    GDLP, Law Society of South Australia

    Barrister and Solicitor, Supreme Court of South Australia

  • Awards & Achievements

    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


  • Teaching Interests

    Australian Constitutional Law

    Administrative Law

    Civil Procedure

  • Research Interests

    Constitutional Law

    Administrative Law

    Civil Procedure

  • Publications

    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

  • Professional Associations

    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

  • Community Engagement

    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

    'What the Royal Commission can do if the Banks Don't Play Ball on Evidence', The Conversation, 14 March 2018

    '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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