Dr Michaela Okninski

Dr Michaela Okninski
 Position Lecturer
 Org Unit Adelaide Law School
 Email michaela.okninski@adelaide.edu.au
 Telephone +61 8 8313 3041
 Location Floor/Room 2 ,  Ligertwood ,   North Terrace
  • Biography/ Background

    I am an early career researcher at Adelaide Law School, joining as a full-time member of the academic staff in 2021. I have a long conntection with ALS, commencing as a PhD Candidate in 2015 and Sessional Teacher in 2017. I will soon be awarded my PhD (conferral pending 8 March 2022), which examined the statutory framework of consent in proposed voluntary assisted dying legislation in South Australia, focussing on protection against undue influence. I am continuing my research on voluntary assisted dying and was appointed to the Voluntary Assisted Dying Implementation Taskforce, convened by SA Health, in December 2021.

    My teaching interest at ALS include Medical Law and Ethics, End-of-Life Law, Tort Law and Foundations of Law.


  • Qualifications

    University of Adelaide - PhD (Law) (Conferral Pending - 8 March 2022)

    Flinders University - LLB/LP (Hons) (Conferred 2014)

    Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of Australia

    Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of South Australia


  • Awards & Achievements

    University of Adelaide, Executive Deans Award - First Year Curriculm 2021 (Maeghan Toews, Dr Kerryn Brent and Michaela Okninski)

  • Teaching Interests

    Medical Law and Ethics

    End-of-Life Law

    Tort Law

    Foundations of Law

  • Research Interests

    Voluntary Assisted Dying (Issues with Consent)

    Medical Negligence

    Regulation of the Medical Profession

  • Publications

    Michaela Okninski, 'Undue Influence in Euthanasia Laws' (2016) 13(2) Journal of Bioethical Inquiry 173

    Michaela Okninski, 'Determining a Child's Best interests when Parents Refuse Medical Treatment-CHAS v Kiszko & Anor [2016] FCWA 19' (2016) 13(3) Journal of Bioethical Inquiry 365

    Michaela E. Okninski, ‘Decision-Making For Children Re-visited’ (2016) 13(4) Journal of Bioethical Inquiry 467

    Michaela E. Okninski, ‘Best Interests of a Child (Palliative Orders)’ (2017) 14(1) Journal of Bioethical Inquiry 19

    Bernadette J. Richards and Michaela E. Okninski, ‘The Best Interests of a Child: A Tragedy in Three Parts: (CAHS V Kiszko & Anor [2016] FCWA 19, CAHS v Kiszko & Anor [2016] FCWA 34 and CAHS v Kiszko & Anor [2016] FCWA 75)’ (2017) 25(1) Medical Law Review 138

    Michaela Estelle Okninski, 'Commentary on Undue Influence Provisions under Oregon's Death with Dignity Act and California's End of Life Option Act' (2017) 25(1) Journal of Law and Medicine 77

    Michaela Estelle Okninski, 'A Comparative Analysis of Voluntariness Safeguards and Review Procedure under Oregon and the Netherlands' Physician Assisted Dying Laws' (2018) 41(1) Dalhousie Law Review 121

    Michaela Estelle Okninski, 'The Catastrophic Consequences of Negligent Misinformation - Darnley v Croydon Health Services NHS Trust [2018] UKSC 50' (2019) 16(1) Journal of Bioethical Inquiry 13

    Michaela Estelle Okninski, 'Why Death need not be "Reasonably Foreseeable" - The Proposed Legislative Response to Truchon and Gladu v Attorney General (Canada) and Attorney General (Quebec) [2019] QCCS 3792' (2021) 18(1) Journal of Bioethical Inquiry 5

    Michaela Estelle Okninski, 'Further Developments Concerning MAID in Canada-Bill C-7 Receives Royal Assent' (2021) 18(2) Journal of Bioethical Inquiry 18(3) 371



  • Professional Associations

    Member - Law Society of South Australia

  • Professional Interests

    Voluntary Assisted Dying

    Euthanasia Laws

    Undue Influence

    Medical Negligence

    Medical Law and Ethics

    End-of-Life Law


  • Community Engagement

    Member - Voluntary Assisted Dying Implementation Taskforce (SA Health) (2021 - Current)

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Entry last updated: Tuesday, 29 Mar 2022

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