Professor of Law
Flinders Law School
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 on children's media law. Since 2010 Elizabeth has been the Co-convenor, with Dr Michael Rich of the Children's Hospital, Boston, of the Harvard-Australia Symposium on Media Use and Children's Well-Being. The proceedings of the symposium are being published by Federation Press in 2014.
In September 2013 she completed a report for the Hans Bredow Institute on children's media law in Australia, and she is currently working on a chapter for a commentary on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, to be published by Oxford University Press.
She also has work in progress on the Swedish approach to balancing freedom of expression and children's interests; the application of consumer law to children as media audiences; and obesity prevention laws.
Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Laws (UNSW)
Master of Laws (Northwestern)
Carrick Citation for Excellence in Teaching (2007)
Finalist, Children's Law Awards (2014)
Associate Dean (Teaching and Learning), Flinders Law School
Member, Executive Committee, Southgate Institute for Health, Society and Equity
Law School representative on Faculty OH&S Committee
: Comparison between Vietnamese and Australian media law
; Commercial radio regulation
: Obesity prevention laws
: Regulation of food advertising to children
: Parents' and children's perceptions of food marketing to children
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.
In June 2013 Elizabeth discussed her work with ACCM as the program guest on Margaret Throsby's Midday show on ABC Classic FM.