Adelaide Law School
Faculty of the Professions
Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.
Dr Alex Wawryk received First Class degrees in Economics and Law, and a PhD in Law, from the University of Adelaide. She is currently a senior lecturer at the Adelaide Law School in Contract Law, Mining and Energy Law, and Environmental Law, and a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of South Australia.
Alex conducts research into various aspects of energy and natural resources law, including renewable energy law, petroleum regulation and environmental law. Her research into renewable energy and the law has focused on overcoming legal barriers to the development of renewable energy, while her research into mining and petroleum law is focused on environmental regulation of these industries.
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Alex's research into renewable energy and the law has focused on overcoming legal barriers to the development of renewable energy. She has examined general instruments to encourage renewable energy in electricity generation in Australia, and conducted critical analyses of the States' planning systems in relation to wind energy, including offshore and onshore wind energy. Alex's early research in the field of petroleum law examined international environmental standards in the international petroleum industry. Following the Macondo well blowout in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010, she has researched the changes to Australian and overseas petroleum regimes which seek to improve environmental protection and regulation, and the development of bilateral and regional principles to harmonize civil liability and compensation regimes for offshore oil pollution.
Alex is currently the Editor of the Australian Resources and Energy Law Journal and Co-director of the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Research Unit at the Adelaide Law School.
Date Position Institution name 2006 Senior Lecturer University of Adelaide 2004 - 2005 Lecturer Law School, University of Adelaide 2002 - 2003 Associate Lecturer Law School 1993 - 1994 Research Assistant South Australian Centre for Economic Studies 1992 - 1993 Graduate Economist South Australian Treasury Department 1992 - 1992 Graduate Economist Department of Industry, Trade and Technology 1989 - 1989 Research Assistant Trade Practices Commission 1988 - 1989 Summer Clerk Ernst and Young
Awards and Achievements
Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount 2013 Fellowship Barbara Kidman Women’s Fellowship The University of Adelaide — — 2008 Scholarship Baker Scholarship in Law. Law School, University of Adelaide — — 2003 Award Geoffrey Willoughby Prize Energy, Petroleum, Mineral and Natural Resources Law & Policy Education Trust — — 2002 Award Bonython Prize for the Best Orginal Postgraduate Thesis University of Adelaide Law School, — — 1997 Scholarship Australian Postgraduate Award — Australia —
Date Institution name Country Title 1997 - 2000 University of Adelaide Australia Ph.D (Law) — University of Adelaide Australia B.Ec (Hons) First Class — University of Adelaide Australia LLB (Hons) First Class
Date Title Institution name Country — Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice Law Society of South Australia —
Year Citation 2021 Giancaspro, M., Golding, G., Nosworthy, B., Brown, D., Viven-Wilksch, J., Wawryk, A., . . . Zito, P. (2021). Contemporary Australian Business Law. Cambridge University Press. 2020 Pereira, E. G., Wawryk, A., Trischmann, H., Banet, C., & Hall, K. B. (Eds.) (2020). The Regulation of Decommissioning, Abandonment and Reuse Initiatives in the Oil and Gas Industry From Obligation to Opportunities. The Netherlands: Kluwer Law International B.V.. 2018 Wawryk, A., Vigar, C., Bradley, P., & Hunter, T. (2018). Energy Law in Australia. The Netherlands: Wolters Kluwer.
Year Citation 2020 Wawryk, A. (2020). Introduction. In E. Pereira, A. Wawryk, H. Trischmann, C. Banet, & K. Hall (Eds.), The Regulation of Decommissioning, Abandonment and Reuse Initiatives in the Oil and Gas Industry. From Obligation to Opportunities (pp. 3-24). The Netherlands: Kluwer Law International B.V.. 2020 Wawryk, A. (2020). International Regulation of Decommissioning. In E. Pereira, H. Trischmann, C. Banet, & K. Hall (Eds.), The Regulation of Decommissioning, Abandonment and Reuse Initiatives in the Oil and Gas Industry. From Obligation to Opportunities (pp. 27-46). The Netherlands: Kluwer Law International B.V.. 2020 Wawryk, A., Banet, C., & Pereira, E. (2020). Regional Seas Conventions and Decommissioning. In E. Pereira, A. Wawryk, H. Trischmann, C. Banet, & K. Hall (Eds.), The Regulation of Decommissioning, Abandonment and Reuse Initiatives in the Oil and Gas Industry. From Obligation to Opportunities (pp. 47-74). The Netherlands: Kluwer Law International B.V.. 2020 Wawryk, A. (2020). Australia. In E. Pereira, H. Trischmann, C. Banet, & K. Hall (Eds.), The Regulation of Decommissioning, Abandonment and Reuse Initiatives in the Oil and Gas Industry. From Obligation to Opportunities (pp. 251-275). The Netherlands: Kluwer Law International B.V.. 2018 Wawryk, A. (2018). Regulatory Framework Concerning Coal. In K. Deketelaere, & B. Delvaux (Eds.), Energy Law in Australia (pp. 163-195). Kluwer Law International B.V.. 2018 Wawryk, A. (2018). General Introduction. In K. Deketelaere, & B. Delvaux (Eds.), Energy Law in Australia (pp. 25-70). Kluwer Law International B.V.. 2018 Wawryk, A. (2018). Interaction between Energy Law and Environmental Law. In K. Deketelaere, & B. Delvaux (Eds.), Energy Law in Australia (pp. 201-238). Kluwer Law International B.V.. 2018 Wawryk, A. (2018). Interaction between Energy Law and Tax Law. In K. Deketelaere, & B. Delvaux (Eds.), Energy Law in Australia (pp. 239-268). Kluwer Law International B.V.. 2017 Wawryk, A. (2017). Legal Framework to Develop Offshore Wind Power in Australia. In A. Gao, & C. Fan (Eds.), The Development of a Comprehensive Legal Framework for the Promotion of Offshore Wind Power (pp. 163-189). The Netherlands: Kluwer Law International. 2016 Wawryk, A. (2016). Solar and Wind. In R. Ottinger, A. Bradbrook, L. Kurukulasuriya, K. Rabago, & M. Radka (Eds.), UN Environment Guide for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Laws (pp. 169-220). Nairobi, Kenya: United Nations Environment Programme. 2015 Wawryk, A. (2015). Petroleum regulation in an international context: the universality of petroleum regulation and the concept of lex petrolea. In T. Hunter (Ed.), Regulation of the Upstream Petroleum Sector: A Comparative Study of Licensing and Concession Systems (1 ed., pp. 3-35). Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing.
2014 Wawryk, A. (2014). The regulation of oil spills from offshore installations. In K. Talus (Ed.), Research Handbook on International Energy Law (1 ed., pp. 548-592). United Kingdom: Edward Edgar Publishing.
2014 Wawryk, A. (2014). International energy law: an emerging academic discipline. In P. Babie, & P. Leadbeter (Eds.), Law as Change: Engaging with the Life and Scholarship of Adrian Bradbrook (1 ed., pp. 223-255). Adelaide: University of Adelaide Press.
2007 Wawryk, A. (2007). Solar and Wind Energy. In R. Ottinger, & A. Bradbook (Eds.), UNEP Handbook for Drafting Laws on Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Resources (pp. 139-178). Hertfordshire, United Kingdom: United Nations Environment Programme. 2006 Wawryk, A. (2006). Minimising the environmental and cultural impacts of oil operations in emerging economies: Transnational oil companies and voluntary international environmental standards. In Art and Cultural Heritage: Law Policy and Practice (pp. 262-282). Cambridge University Press. 2005 Wawryk, A. (2005). Green pricing and green power marketing: Demand-side mechanisms for promoting 'green power' in deregulated electricity markets. In A. Bradbrook (Ed.), The law of energy for sustainable development (pp. 138-155). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
2003 Wawryk, A. (2003). Regulating transnational corporations through corporate codes of conduct. In J. Frynas, & S. Pegg (Eds.), Transnational corporations and human rights (pp. 53-78). Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire RG21 6XS: Palgrave MacMillan.
2000 Bradbrook, A., & Wawryk, A. (2000). Legal issues relating to electricitry production by offshore wind turbines. In Peter Catania (Ed.), Energy 2000 The Beginning of a New Millenium (pp. 1069-1080). 851 New Holland Ave Lancaster Pennsylvania 17604: Technomic Publishing Co Inc..
Report for External Bodies
Year Citation 2015 Wawryk, A., & Van Hende, K. (2015). The internationalisation of liability regimes for offshore petroleum exploration and production: Petroleum Abstracts.
- 2016-17, Member of the Academic Advisory Panel to the Leading Practice Mining Acts Review, South Australian government.
- 2012: Consultancy, Stakeholder Democracy Network, Nigeria, co-funded by the UK and Nigerian government. Principles of Compensation for Loss and Damage Caused by Oil Pollution Damage.
- 2003: Small Australian Research Council Grant. Designing a code of conduct for corporate social responsibility in the international oil industry.
- 2003: Internal Grant Scheme. Analysing South Australia’s planning legislation as it applies to ffshore wind energy, including a comparison with the new United Kingdom offshore planning regime.
- 2002: Small University Research Grant. Analysing the effectiveness of the states’ legal frameworks for developing wind energy facilities.
Senior Lecturer in, and Course Coordinator of, the following Masters courses:
- International Energy Law: 2010, 2012, 2014.
Topics taught in this course include: sources and actors in international energy law; energy and investment law; energy and trade law; European Union energy law; international petroleum contracts; introduction to international arbitration; international nuclear energy law; international climate change law; emissions trading schemes; renewable energy in international law; and access to energy as a human right.
- Mining and Energy Law: 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015
Topics covered in this course include: mining and constitutional law; regulation of mineral development under the Mining Act 1971 (SA); mining and environmental protection law, including mining in protected areas; mining in the Woomera Prohibited Area; mining and Native Title; regulation of petroleum development under the Petroleum Act 2000 (SA) and the Offshore Petroleum Act 2006 (Cth); maritime boundary delimitation and petroleum exploitation, focusing on the legal arrangements between Australia and East Timor; principles of regulating electricity markets; international climate change law; the Australian emissions trading scheme; and Commonwealth legislation to encourage renewable energy.
- Contract Law: 2003-2004, 2009-2012, 2014-19. Coordinator of Contract Law, 2014, 2015 and 2019.
- Mining and Energy Law (Senior Lecturer and Course Coordinator): 2004, 2017, 2019.
- Climate Change Law, 2017-19 (Course Coordinator 2019)
- Environmental Law (Senior Lecturer and Course Coordinator): 2002-2006. Topics taught in this course included: the philosophy of environmental regulation; international environmental law, including principles of international environmental law, and biodiversity and climate change law; Commonwealth environmental regulation (Environment and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (Cth)); planning law (Development Act 1993 (SA)); pollution control (Environment Protection Act 1993 (SA)); and the conservation of natural resources (Native Vegetation Act 1991 (SA) and the Natural Resources Management Act 1994 (SA)).
- Introduction to Australian Law: 2002, 2003.
- Legal Research and Writing: 2002.
University College of London (Adelaide Campus), International Energy Law, 2010, 2012-2015.
Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)
Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name 2017 - 2020 Principal Supervisor The Role of Legislation in Ensuring Sustainable Energy Development in Nigeria: Lessons from Kenya Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Mr Kamoru Taiwo Lawal 2014 - 2019 Co-Supervisor Codifying Contract Law in Australia: Issues and Obstacles Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time John Anthony Eldridge
Date Role Board name Institution name Country 2016 - ongoing Board Member Board of Management Environment Defenders Office (SA) Inc Australia 2012 - 2016 Vice-President Management Board Seacliff Hockey Club Australia 2002 - 2005 Member Board of Management Environmental Defenders Office (SA) Inc Australia
Date Role Committee Institution Country 2003 - 2005 Member Planning, Environment and Local Government Committee Law Society of South Australia —
Date Role Membership Country 2022 - ongoing Member National Environmental Law Association Australia 2020 - ongoing Council Environmental Defenders Office (Australia) Australia 2009 - ongoing Member Institute of Mining and Energy Resources, University of Adelaide Australia 2005 - ongoing Member Australian Natural Resources and Energy Law Association (AMPLA) Australia 2003 - ongoing Member International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Commission of Environmental Law Specialist Group on Energy Law and Climate Change — 2003 - ongoing Member Environmental Defenders Office (SA) Inc Australia 2001 - ongoing Member Law Society of South Australia Australia
Date Institution Department Organisation Type Country 2017 - 2017 Department of State Development, SA Mineral Resources Division Legislative and political Australia 2012 - 2012 Stakeholder Democracy Network, Nigeria, co-funded by the UK and Nigerian government. — Conservation and environment Nigeria
Date Role Editorial Board Name Institution Country 2018 - ongoing Editor Australian Resources and Energy Law Journal Australian Resources and Energy Law Association (AMPLA) Australia 2004 - ongoing Associate Editor Oil Gas and Energy Law (OGEL) — —
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