Jessica Viven-Wilksch

Dr Jessica Viven-Wilksch


Adelaide Law School

Faculty of the Professions

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD (as Co-Supervisor) - email supervisor to discuss availability.

Jessica has been lecturing at Adelaide Law School, University of Adelaide since 2015. Prior to joining the Adelaide Law School as a lecturer, Jessica lectured at Flinders Law School and taught as a tutor at the Law School of the University of South Australia.

Jessica began her law studies at the University Toulouse I, France and completed her Licence (bachelor equivalent) through a year exchange program in UCD Dublin, Ireland. She completed the Master Degree in Comparative Law, following study at Mannheim Universitat and the University of Adelaide. She also graduated with a Master in International and Comparative Law in France.

She has a PhD (law). In her thesis, she examined the doctrine of good faith in European and Australian contract laws.

Her research is focusing on comparing doctrines in commercial law. Her aim is study ways to provide better protection to consumers and small businesses and improve confidence in contractual parties to trading internationally. 

Using a comparative law methodology,her PhD explored the development of the legal concept of good faith in commercial dealings in both Australia and the European Union.  The research aimed at providing guidelines and recommendations for a legal instrument, should this principle be implemented in Australian Law. The significance of the project is twofold.  Firstly, it provides a renewed perspective on the debate through a local and global perspective. Indeed, it integrates the notion within current legal developments.  Secondly, it provides a pertinent analysis of successes and pitfalls in each jurisdiction.  This assessment forms the basis of proposed avenues for legal reform.

More Broadly, Jessica is researching on Contract Law, EU law, Comparative Law, Private International Law and Legal Theory. 


  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2015 Lecturer The University of Adelaide
  • Language Competencies

    Language Competency
    English Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review
    French Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    Toulouse 1 Capitole University France Master de Droit International et Compare
    University of Mannheim Germany Master of Comparative Law
    Toulouse 1 Capitole University France DEUG droit
    University College Dublin Ireland Diploma in Common Law
    Flinders University of South Australia Australia PhD
  • Research Interests

  • Journals

    Year Citation
    2019 Viven-Wilksch, J. (2019). Good Faith in Contracts: Australia at a Crossroads. Journal of Commonwealth Law, 1, 273-316.
    2015 Viven-Wilksch, J. (2015). The adventures of good faith: can legal history and international developments provide guidelines for Australia?. Alternative Law Journal, 40(2), 89-92.
    2014 Lombard, S., & Viven-Wilksch, J. (2014). Continuous disclosure and good faith. Company and Securities Law Journal, 32(6), 419-437.
    2014 Berthelet, P., El Boustani, Y., Fériel, L., Pétin, J., Pradel, N., Robert, L., . . . Viven-Wilksch, J. (2014). Le volet externe de l’Espace de Liberté, de Sécurité et de Justice : instruments et réalisations. Revue trimestrielle de droit Europeen, 11(3), 667-681.
  • Books

    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.
    2019 Babie, P., & Viven-Wilksch, J. (Eds.) (2019). Léon Duguit and the Social Obligation Norm of Property A Translation and Global Exploration. Gateway East, Singapore: Springer.
  • Book Chapters

    Year Citation
    2019 Viven-Wilksch, J. (2019). Translator's Note. In P. Babie, & J. Viven-Wilksch (Eds.), Léon Duguit and the Social Obligation Norm of Property: A Translation and Global Exploration (pp. xi-xiv).
    2019 Babie, P. T., & Viven-Wilksch, J. (2019). Léon Duguit and the Propriété Function Sociale. In P. Babie, & J. Viven-Wilksch (Eds.), Léon Duguit and the Social Obligation Norm of Property: A Translation and Global Exploration (pp. 1-34). Singapore: Springer.
    2019 Viven-Wilksch, J. (2019). Translation. In P. Babie, & J. Viven-Wilksch (Eds.), Léon Duguit and the Social Obligation Norm of Property: A Translation and Global Exploration (pp. 35-64).
    2019 Viven-Wilksch, J. (2019). Making use of new technology. In W. Swain, & D. Campbell (Eds.), Reimagining Contract Law Pedagogy A New Agenda for Teaching (pp. 180-198). United Kingdom: Routledge.
    2019 Viven-Wilksch, J. (2019). How Long Is Too Long to Determine the Success of a legal Transplant? International Doctrines and Contract Law in Oceania. In V. Breda (Ed.), Legal Transplants in East Asia and Oceania (pp. 132-157). Cambridge; United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press.
2016        Recorded Lecture Grant ( Faculty of the Professions)

Learning Enhancement and Innovation Grants 


  • Selected Issues In Contract
  • Contract Law
  • Comparative Law/Advanced Comparative Law
  • EU Law
Course Coordinator: 
  • Comparative Law/ Advanced Comparative Law
  • EU Law
  • Private International Law

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