Higher Degree by Research Candidate
Adelaide Law School
Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Economics
Miss Olga Pandos is a PhD candidate at the University of Adelaide in Medical Law, Biotechnology and Bioethics, with a particular interest in the intersection of law and science, policy and reform. In 2020, she was admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor in the Supreme Court of South Australia.
Using her majors in Biochemistry and Genetics, Miss Pandos explores legal and ethical issues concerning biotechnology, genetics and therapeutic clinical interventions. Miss Pandos' research interests include bioethics, law reform, decision-making capacity and access to justice for vulnerable populations, including Aboriginal communities, persons with a disability, persons with a cognitive impairment and culturally and linguistically diverse individuals.
Since 2019, Miss Pandos has been a researcher at the South Australian Law Reform Institute. She is the lead author and researcher for the independent, statutory review of the Mental Health Act 2009 (SA). She is also a co-author of the recent statutory review into the Ageing and Adult Safeguarding Act 1995 (SA), where she provided expertise in relation to the legal and medical understandings of decision-making capacity, consent and coercion. Her expertise also covers international human rights laws and particular implications for vulnerable populations including Aboriginal communities, culturally and linguistically diverse communities and persons with a disability.
Prior to commencing her PhD, Miss Pandos worked as a Policy Officer for the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety. As part of her role, she undertook extensive research, editing and writing summaries of evidence and background and issues papers on a variety of issues.
Awards and Achievements
Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount 2022 Scholarship Recipient of the Zelling Gray Supplementary Scholarship The University of Adelaide Australia - 2021 Award The Baker Scholarship in Law The University of Adelaide Australia - 2021 Award The David Murray Prize in Law The University of Adelaide Australia - 2021 Scholarship Recipient of the Zelling Gray Supplementary Scholarship The University of Adelaide Australia - 2020 Achievement Member of the Golden Key International Honour Society The University of Adelaide Australia - 2019 Award The Helen Wighton Law Reform Prize The University of Adelaide Australia - 2018 Achievement Faculty of Sciences Outstanding Academic Achievement Award - 2016, 2017 & 2018 The University of Adelaide Australia - 2018 Scholarship Recipient of the Australian Neurology Research (ANR) Research Publication Scholarship Australian Neurology Research Australia - 2017 Scholarship Recipient of the Freemasons Foundation Centre for Men’s Health & South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI) University of Adelaide & Freemasons Foundation Centre for Men’s Health Australia - 2017 Achievement Dean's Certificate - Criminology University of Adelaide Australia -
Language Competency Greek, Modern (1453-) Can read, write, speak and understand spoken Japanese Can read and speak
Date Institution name Country Title 2020 College of Law Australia Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice The University of Adelaide Australia BLaws (First Class Honours) & BSc (Biochemistry & Genetics)
Date Title Institution name Country 2020 Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of South Australia Law Society of South Australia -
Research InterestsAboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Policy Access to Justice Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Bioethics Biotechnology Cancer Genetics Gene and Molecular Therapy General Science & Technology Genetics Genetics & Heredity Genomics Health Policy History of Science, Technology & Medicine International Law Language, Communication and Culture Law Legal Ethics Medical Ethics Medical Genetics Molecular Medicine Public Health Public Policy Research, Science and Technology Policy
Year Citation 2022 Villios, S., & Pandos, O. C. (2022). A REVIEW OF ADVANCE CARE DIRECTIVES AND ENDURING POWERS OF ATTORNEY IN SOUTH AUSTRALIA: PRESERVING AUTONOMY AND PREVENTING ABUSE. Adelaide Law Review, 43(1), 225-269. 2022 Pandos, O., & Richards, B. (2022). Lost in translation: Overcoming practical barriers in the operation of advance care directives and enduring powers of attorney in South Australia. Adelaide Law Review, 43(1), 271-297. 2020 Pandos, O. C., Milton, A. G., Nagpal, A., Kleinig, T. J., Jannes, J., Koblar, S. A., & Hamilton-Bruce, M. A. (2020). Stroke Unit Legislation – Mandating a Uniform Standard of Care?. International Journal of Stroke, 15(2), NP6-NP7.
2020 Pandos, O. C. (2020). DIY Genetic Tests: A Product of Fact or Fallacy?. Journal of Bioethical Inquiry, 17(3), 319-324.
DOI Scopus1 WoS1 Europe PMC1
Report for External Bodies
Date Role Membership Country 2021 - ongoing Member Women Lawyers Association of South Australia Australia 2021 - ongoing Member Hellenic Australian Lawyers Association Australia 2021 - ongoing Member Cairns Society SA Australia 2020 - ongoing Member Law Society of South Australia Australia 2020 - ongoing Member Golden Key International Honor Society Australia 2015 - ongoing Member Australian Lawyers for Human Rights Australia 2015 - ongoing Co-Founder Adelaide University Asylum Seekers Association Australia 2015 - 2018 Member Refugee Advocacy Service of South Australia Australia 2015 - 2017 Secretary University Senior College Old Scholar’s Association Australia 2014 - ongoing Member Australian and New Zealand Association of Psychiatry, Psychology and Law Australia
Date Event Name Event Type Institution Country 2022 - ongoing University of Adelaide Open Day - Adelaide Law School Panel Networking event The University of Adelaide - 2022 - ongoing Adelaide Medical School - Medico-Legal Panel Plenary or general session The University of Adelaide -
Date Topic Presented at Institution Country 2021 - ongoing Witness Competence and Capacity: Irreconcilable Differences? The Current Topical References of the South Australian Law Reform Institute Capacity, Competence & Caution Australian and New Zealand Association of Psychiatry, Psychology and Law Australia
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