Skip to content

Dean of Graduate Studies

Professor John Williams was appointed as Dean of Graduate Studies at the University of Adelaide in January 2016.

John Williams joined the University of Adelaide in 1997.  He holds a PhD in Law from the Australian National University, an Arts (Hons) (UTas) and LLB (UNSW). He is admitted as a solicitor in NSW. Professor Williams has held a number of appointments and fellowships including at the Menzies Research Centre, Kings College London (2002), ANU College of Law (2004-5) and a Harold White Fellow, National Library of Australia (2014).

Prior to his appointment as the Dean of Graduate Studies, Professor Williams was Dean of the Adelaide Law School and Deputy Executive Dean of the Faculty of the Professions. He holds the Dame Roma Mitchell Chair of Law.

John is a member of a number of academic and government committees including the National Archives Advisory Council, a former Vice-President of the Australian Association of Constitutional Law, and the Director of the Adelaide Festival of Ideas and formerly chaired the South Australian Fulbright Committee. He has served as a member of the Advisory Board of the Don Dunstan Foundation and UniBooks Pty Ltd. Since 2009 he has been a consultant to the Good Offices Mission as part of the United Nations peace process in Cyprus.

In 2001 he was awarded a Centenary of Federation Medal.
He has been co-editor and founder of the New Federalist, and editor of the Australian Journal of Legal History (now Legal History) and the Adelaide Law Review. He is a member of the Editorial Board of Legal History and the Public Law Review.

Research Interests
Professor Williams' main research interests are in the area of public law and in particular Australian constitutional law, the High Court of Australia, comparative constitutional law, federalism and legal history. He has held a number of Australian Research Council and national competitive grants. He is currently the Director of the South Australian Law Reform Institute.


Level 2, Schulz Building,
The University of Adelaide
SA 5005


Telephone: +61 8 8313 5882
Facsimile: +61 8 8313 5725

Opening Hours

Mon-Fri: 9:00am-5:00pm