Ms Nadia-Ruth Hess

Lecturer

Adelaide Law School

Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Economics


Nadia Hess is a Lecturer at the Adelaide Law School. She researches in the areas of corporate law and insolvency, with a particular focus on the shareholders' oppression remedy. She has published in high ranking Australian journals. She is currently completing her PhD which focuses on the oppression remedy and its use in the insolvency context.

Nadia has extensive teaching experience across a variety of law courses, with a particular focus on teaching corporate and commercial law subjects to both law and non-law students.

In 2022, Nadia was awarded the Adelaide Law School Dean's Award: Teaching (Sessional) for contributions to teaching, and in 2021 she was awarded a Faculty Executive Dean Award for Embedding Indigenous Knowledge. In 2018, she was also the recipient of the Top Performing Sessional Staff Award at the UniSA Business School.

Nadia holds a Master of Laws from the University of Adelaide where she received a Dean's Certificate for her Dissertation and a Bachelor of Laws and Legal Practice from Flinders University.

Nadia's doctoral research focuses on corporate law and insolvency law, specifically the members' oppression remedy and its application in the insolvency context. Nadia is a recipient of both the Joyner Scholarship in Law and the Zelling-Gray Supplementary Scholarship. She has presented her research at national conferences and has published her work in high quality journals, including the UNSW Law Journal.

Nadia is also involved in research projects looking at access to justice in regional, rural and remote (RRR) and Aboriginal communities, and the promotion of employment opportunities in these communities to law graduates.

  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2022 - ongoing Lecturer University of Adelaide
  • Awards and Achievements

    Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount
    2022 Award Dean's Award: Teaching (Sessional) Adelaide Law School, University of Adelaide Australia -
    2021 Award Executive Dean Award: Embedding Indigenous Knowledge Faculty of the Professions, University of Adelaide Australia -
    2018 Award Top Performing Sessional Staff Award UniSA Business School Australia -
    2016 Award Dean's Certificate: LLM Dissertation University of Adelaide Australia -
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    University of Adelaide Australia Master of Laws (LLM)
    Flinders University Australia Bachelor of Laws and Legal Practice (LLB/LP)
  • Research Interests

  • Journals

    Year Citation
    2024 Hess, N., Giancaspro, M., & Plater, D. (2024). Law beyond the glass skyscrapers: Encouraging law students to embrace regional life and practice. Alternative Law Journal, 49(1), 68-74.
    DOI
    2023 Hess, N., Giancaspro, M., Neodorf, L., & Plater, D. (2023). ‘Expanding Law Student Horizons: Promoting Regional and Rural Legal Practice in South Australia’. Canadian Legal Education Annual Review, 10, 141-157.
    2022 Hess, N. (2022). OPPRESSION IN TWO SECTIONS: A STUDY OF THE JUDICIAL INTERPRETATION OF OPPRESSION IN SECTIONS 232 AND 445D(1)(F) OF THE CORPORATIONS ACT 2001 (CTH). University of New South Wales Law Journal, 45(4), 1556-1588.
    DOI
    2020 Hess, N. (2020). Utility of Relief: The Oppression Remedy in Liquidation. Australian Journal of Corporate Law, 35(3), 320-343.
    2014 Lodhia, S., & Hess, N. (2014). Sustainability accounting and reporting in the mining industry: Current literature and directions for future research. Journal of Cleaner Production, 84(1), 43-50.
    DOI Scopus104
  • Conference Papers

    Year Citation
    2022 Hess, N. (2022). Oppression and the subordination of claims under s 563A. In Society of Corporate Law Academics Conference. University of the Sunshine Coast.
    2021 Hess, N. (2021). Oppression in two sections: a study of the judicial interpretation in s 232 and s 445D(1)(f) of the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth). In Corporate Law Teachers Association Conference. University of Sydney.
    2020 Hess, N. (2020). Utility of Relief: The Oppression Remedy in Liquidation. In Corporate Law Teachers Association Conference. Monash University.
    2020 Hess, N. (2020). Section 445D and the ability to terminate a DOCA if it is oppressive to creditors. In Regulation of Corporations, Insolvency and Taxation (ROCIT) Research Group Roundtable.

Nadia has received the following grants to encourage law students to consider pursuing careers in regional and Aboriginal communities:

  • 2022 - Law Foundation of SA - 'Broadening Horizons: Encouraging Law Students to Work in Regional and Aboriginal Communities' (project leader with Dr Mark Giancaspro and Associate Professor David Plater) ($31,442.90)
  • 2021 - Faculty of the Professions - Learning Development Grant - 'Life beyond commercial city firms for law graduates' (project leader with Dr Mark Giancaspro and Associate Professor David Plater) ($2,070.00)

In support of her PhD research, Nadia is the recipient of the Joyner Scholarship in Law and the Zelling-Gray Supplementary Scholarship. She has also received numerous external competitive bursaries to attend and present her research at national conferences.

Nadia has extensive teaching experience across a wide range of law courses, delivering content to both law and non law students at postgraduate, undergraduate and diploma levels; and at a number of institutions here in South Australia and interstate.

She is the recipient of multiple teaching awards, including a Dean's Award - Teaching (sessional) for contributions to teaching in 2022, and the Top Performing Sessional Staff Award at the UniSA Business School in 2018.

In 2024, Nadia is teaching into the following courses: Business and Corporations Law, Property Law and Corporate Law.

  • Position: Lecturer
  • Phone: 83131764
  • Email: nadia-ruth.hess@adelaide.edu.au
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Ligertwood, floor Second Floor
  • Room: 207
  • Org Unit: Adelaide Law School

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