Alexandra Wawryk

Dr Alexandra Wawryk

Senior Lecturer

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 International Energy 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.

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; Co-director of the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Research Unit at the Adelaide Law School; and Chairperson of the Environment Defenders Office (SA) Inc.

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  • Appointments

    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
  • Education

    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
  • Certifications

    Date Title Institution name Country
    0 Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice Law Society of South Australia
  • Research Interests

  • 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.

Postgraduate Teaching

Senior Lecturer in, and Course Co-ordinator 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, focussing 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.

Undergraduate Teaching

  • Contract Law: 2003-2004, 2009-2012, 2014-19. Co-ordinator of Contract Law, 2014, 2015.
  • Mining and Energy Law (Senior Lecturer and Course Co-ordinator): 2004, 2017, 2019.
  • Climate Change Law, 2017-18.
  • Environmental Law (Senior Lecturer and Course Co-ordinator): 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.

Guest Lecturing

University College of London (Adelaide Campus), International Energy Law, 2010, 2012-2015.

  • Position: Senior Lecturer
  • Phone: 83135021
  • Email: alex.wawryk@adelaide.edu.au
  • Fax: 8313 4344
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Ligertwood Building, floor 2
  • Room: 2 06
  • Org Unit: Adelaide Law School

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