Staff In Focus: Dr Anna Olijnyk

Please list your degree details, including year of graduation and subsequent qualifications
I completed my undergraduate Law degree at Adelaide in 2008, and have just completed my PhD in law, also at Adelaide. I was admitted to legal practice in 2008 (although I’ve never practiced law).

What have you been doing since graduation?
I’ve been lucky enough to have had some great professional experiences while staying in Adelaide. After 18 months as an Associate at the Supreme Court of South Australia, I decided to pursue an academic career. I’m now a lecturer at Adelaide Law School.
Being an academic gives me the chance to focus on a topic that has always fascinated me: the role of courts within government and society.  My PhD thesis considered how courts reconcile justice and efficiency in extremely complex litigation. I am currently working on a project on the effect of constitutional restrictions on State law and order policy.

What have you enjoyed most about your time teaching at Adelaide?
It’s impossible to pick just one thing, so I’ll choose three.
•    Meeting so many students who have pushed me to become a better teacher.
•    Working with my wonderful colleagues.
•    Winning the ‘teaching lottery’ by getting to teach the subjects I am most passionate about: constitutional and administrative law.

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