Dr Michaela Okninski


Adelaide Law School

Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Economics

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

I am an early career researcher at Adelaide Law School, being appointed full-time lecturer in 2021.

I have a long connection with the Adelaide Law School community, commencing as a PhD Candidate in 2015, and sessional teacher in 2017. I was awarded my PhD in 2022, where I examined the statutory framework of consent in proposed voluntary assisted dying legislation in South Australia, focusing on protection against undue influence in the consent process. I was appointed to the Voluntary Assisted Dying Implementation Taskforce, convened by SA Health, in December 2021, and the Education and Training Working Group in February 2022, who are responsible for overseeing the development of mandatory voluntary assisted dying training for medical practitioners.

I am continuing my research on voluntary assisted dying with specific focus on minors and decision-making capacity for voluntary assisted dying. My other research interests include mental incapacity in the context of wills and estates law, viewing this issue from a dual perspective by examining the potential implications this has for legal and medical professionals alike.

School Administrative Roles

  1. First Year Coordinator - Adelaide Law School
  2. Academic Integrity Officer - Adelaide Law School
  • Awards and Achievements

    Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount
    2024 Fellowship Barbara Kidman Fellowship University of Adelaide Australia $29, 731
    2022 Award Dean's Award (Research) Early Career Academic University of Adelaide Australia $1000
    2022 Award Dean's Award University of Adelaide Australia -
    2021 Award Executive Deans Award - Faculty of Professions University of Adelaide Australia -

2024 - Recipient of Barbara Kidman Fellowship

2023 - Internal Faculty Grant - University of Adelaide

2022- Internal Faculty Grant - University of Adelaide


End-of-Life Law: Selected Issues

Medical Law and Ethics

Tort Law

Foundations of Law


  • Board Memberships

    Date Role Board name Institution name Country
    2023 - ongoing Board Member Restricted Medical Treatment Assessment Board ACT Government Australia
    2022 - ongoing Secretary Australasian Association of Bioethics and Health Law Australasian Association of Bioethics and Health Law Australia
  • Committee Memberships

    Date Role Committee Institution Country
    2022 - 2022 Board Member Voluntary Assisted Dying Education and Training Working Group Department of Health and Wellbeing (SA Health) Australia
    2021 - 2023 Board Member Voluntary Assisted Dying Implementation Taskforce Department of Health and Wellbeing (SA Health) Australia

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