Professor John Williams was appointed to the Council in 2008. He is currently the Pro Vice-Chancellor at the University of Adelaide and formerly the Dean of Law and Deputy Executive Dean, Faculty of the Professions. He holds the Dame Roma Mitchell Chair of Law. John joined Adelaide Law School in 1997 as a lecturer having completed a doctorate at the Law Program, Research School of Social Sciences at ANU. He has held visiting positions at University of Utrecht (2014), University of Victoria, BC (2007), University of Cape Town (2001) and was Menzies Foundation Fellow at Kings College London (2002).
As well as many positions within the University of Adelaide, John is the Director of the South Australian Law Reform Institute, a member of the Board of the Adelaide Festival of Ideas Inc and Co-Secretary of the South Australian Rhodes Scholarship committee. He has served as Vice-President of the Australian Association of Constitutional Law, and chaired the South Australian Fulbright Committee. In 2008-9 he was a consultant to the Good Offices Mission as part of the UN peace process in Cyprus.
'The role of the National Archives is an important one, serving not only Australian history but supporting Australia's democracy.
My research is in the areas of constitutional law and legal history, so over the years, the Archives' collection has provided a wealth of material.'