Elizabeth Handsley joined Flinders in 1996, and has taught also at law schools in Sydney and Perth. She teaches constitutional law and media law, and researches mainly on children's media law. In that work Elizabeth aims to challenge media law by exposing it to multidisciplinary and cross-doctrinal comparisons, for example with human rights and consumer protection paradigms.
Elizabeth was a co-author of a recent WHO Europe report on digital food marketing to children, and has co-authored an article on anti-obesity laws and the Australian Constitution, forthcoming in the Journal of Law and Medicine.
She is also working on a chapter on article 17 for a commentary on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child for Oxford University Press, co-authored by Professor John Tobin of the University of Melbourne; an article evaluating anti-obesity laws by reference to international human rights law; an article comparing protection of children against misleading and deceptive advertising under media law and consumer protection law; and two articles on advertising and the Children's Rights and Business Principles. She spoke at a Workshop on Key Challenges in Children's Rights at UNSW in February.
Elizabeth also maintains an interest in constitutional law and practice relating to the judiciary, particularly the selection of judges. An article on this topic, co-authored with Professor Andrew Lynch of the University of NSW, appeared in the Sydney Law Review in 2015.
Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Laws (UNSW)
Master of Laws (Northwestern)
Fellow, Australian Academy of Law (from 2015)
Finalist, Children's Law Awards (2014)
Carrick Citation for Excellence in Teaching (2007)
Member, Executive Committee, Southgate Institute for Health, Society and Equity
Law School representative on Faculty of EHL WHS Committee
Member, Law School Teaching and Learning Committee
: Comparison between Vietnamese and Australian media law
; Commercial radio regulation
: Regulation of food advertising to children
: Parents' and children's perceptions of food marketing to children
; Anti-obesity laws
Since 2010 Elizabeth has been President of the Australian Council on Children and the Media, and she was Vice-President for 6 years before that. ACCM is a national community organisation that collects and disseminates information on children and the media, as well as bringing a child development perspective to bear on all debates on children and the media, including and especially violence, commercial exploitation and premature sexualisation. Through her involvement in the Council Elizabeth has contributed to numerous submissions to reviews and inquiries, and given interviews in newspapers and on radio and television.
Elizabeth has discussed her work with ACCM as the program guest on Margaret Throsby's Midday show on ABC Classic FM.
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