Ms Jenny Richards


College of Business, Government and Law

place Law & Commerce (2.19)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Jenny joined Flinders Law in 2006 after working at Adelaide Law School for ten years. She has taught a wide range of topics over the years but her heart remains with criminal law and legal theory, and in particular with law reform and the integration of criminal law and human service law. She researches predominantly in issues relating to family violence and religion. She is currently undertaking a PhD on integrating faith responses and criminal justice system responses to family violence against Christian women.

Jenny is part time at Flinders Law as she is also a Senior Associate at Old Port Chambers in Port Adelaide. She practises in criminal law.

Jenny has previously lectured at UniSA teaching law to social work and social science students and worked at their Research and Education Unit on Gendered Violence on police responses to family violence. She served on the Management Committee of the Centre for Crime Policy and Research at Flinders University from 2015-2019.


BA(Jur) (Adel) LLB (Adel) GCLP (UniSA).

Jenny is admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor in the Supreme Court of South Australia and the High Court of Australia. She holds a current unrestricted practising certificate.

Honours, awards and grants

2018 Law Foundation of South Australia Research Grant

Hossein Esmaeili, Jenny Richards, Lana Zannettino and Marinella Marmo, “Family Violence Among Afghan Refugee and Asylum Seeker Women in South Australia: Improving Engagement with the Criminal Justice System” ($25,601).

2011 Excellence in Teaching Award, Faculty of Education, Humanities and Law

For "Excellence in utilising an integrated pastoral approach to teaching law which facilitiates student achievement and enhances personal development."

Key responsibilities
  • College Disability Academic Advisor (College of Business, Government and Law).
  • Member, Flinders University Disability and Access Committee.
  • Member, First Year Teachers Community of Practice.
Teaching interests

Criminal law, legal theory, family law, human service law, family violence, criminal practice and advocacy, child protection, evidence, statutory interpretation, case analysis skills.

Topic coordinator
LLAW2321 Jurisprudence
Topic lecturer
LLAW1323 Criminal Law and Procedure
LLAW3334 Advanced Criminal Law
Higher degree by research supervision
Associate supervisor: Family Law and Comparative Law (1)