Position/s

Professor of Law
Flinders Law School

Biography

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.

Qualifications

Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Laws (UNSW)

Master of Laws (Northwestern)

Honours, awards and grants

Carrick Citation for Excellence in Teaching (2007)

Key responsibilities

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

Teaching interests

  • Constitutional law
  • Media law

Topic Coordinator:

  • LLAW2212  The Constitution and the Australian Federation [International / Comparative I]
  • LLAW2221  The Constitution and the Australian People [Indigenous / Social Justice I]
  • LLAW3239  Defamation Law and Policy

Research interests

  • Media law, especially as it applies for the protection of children's interests
  • Classification law
  • Broadcasting regulation
  • Advertising regulation, especially food advertising
  • Defamation
  • Contempt
  • Sedition
  • Judicial power
  • Judicial selection processes, especially continental
  • Judicial accountability

Supervisory interests

  • Advertising regulation
  • Broadcasting regulation
  • Children's media law
  • Classification law
  • Constitutional law
  • Contempt law
  • Defamation law
  • Judicial independence
  • Media law 
  • Obesity prevention, children

RHD research supervision

Current

Principal supervisor : Comparison between Vietnamese and Australian media law (1) ; Commercial radio regulation (1) ;

Associate supervisor : Obesity prevention laws (1) ;

Completion

Principal supervisor : Regulation of food advertising to children (1) ;

Associate supervisor : Parents' and children's perceptions of food marketing to children (1) ;

Publications

  • Handsley, E. (2012). There oughta be a law: The (potential) role of law and regulation in slowing down and calming down. In Wayne Warburton & Danya Braunstein, ed. Growing up Fast and Furious. Sydney, NSW: Federation Press, pp. 175-196.
    [Web Link]
  • Handsley, E. (2011). L'Australie, exemple d'un etat federal. In Voyages du Droit: Melanges en l'honneur de Dominique Breillat. Poitiers, France: Presses Universitaires Juridiques de Poitiers, pp. 273-283.
  • Handsley, E. (2009). Le recrutement des magistrats en France et en Australie. In Joel Monnet, ed. Huitiemes Journees Rene Savatier: Communautes, discriminations et identite. Poitiers, France: Université de Poitiers, pp. 159-163.
  • Handsley, E. and Phiddian, R.A. (2008). Political Cartoonists and the Law. In R. Phiddian and H. Manning, ed. Comic Commentators: Contemporary Political Cartooning in Australia. Perth: Network Books, pp. 63-90.
  • Handsley, E. (2007). What's in it for Children? Dedicated Channels and the Effectiveness of Regulation. In Andrew T Kenyon, ed. TV Futures: Digital Television Policy in Australia. Carlton, VIC: Melbourne University Press, pp. 386-403.
  • Handsley, E. (2006). 'The judicial whisper goes around': appointment of judicial officers in Australia. In Kate Malleson, Peter Russell, ed. Appointing Judges in an Age of Judicial Power: Critical Perspectives from Around the World. Toronto, ON Canada: University of Toronto Press, pp. 122-144.
  • Mehta, K., Coveney, J., Ward, P. and Handsley, E. (2013). Parents as neo-liberal citizens: individualizing responsibility for children's exposure to unhealthy food marketing. In Food, Gender and the Family. Australian Food, Society and Culture Network Symposium, Sydney NSW, Australia. Jul 2013.
  • Mehta, K., Phillips, C., Coveney, J., Ward, P. and Handsley, E. (2011). Food marketing via social network sites: Innovative, broad reaching and insidious methods for promoting unhealthy foods to children. APCCN. The 7th Asia Pacific Conference on Clinical Nutrition. Bangkok, Thailand. Aug 2011.
  • Mehta, K., Phillips, C., Ward, P., Coveney, J. and Handsley, E. (2011). Extensive marketing of unhealthy foods to children through product packaging: This public health problem is not going away. DAA. Dietitians Association of Australia 29th National Conference. Adelaide, South Australia. May 2011.
  • Mehta, K.P., Coveney, J.D., Ward, P.R. and Handsley, E. (2009). Parent's and children's awareness of food & beverage marketing on non-broadcast media. In 17th European Congress on Obesity (ECO2009) May 2009 ed. Freiburg: S. Karger Medical and Scientific Publishers. Amsterdam, The Netherlands. May 2009, pp. 55-55.
  • Mehta, K., Handsley, E. and Robinson, J. (2009). Food advertising to children. 16th Biennial Conference of the Australasian Human Development Association (AHDA) Adelaide. Jul 2009.
  • Handsley, E., Nehmy, C.S., Coveney, J.D. and Mehta, K.P. (2006). Evaluating diverse models for the regulation of food advertising to children on television. In Obesity Reviews: Abstracts of the 10th International Congress on Obesity (ICO) Oxford: Blackwell Publishing. 10th International Congress on Obesity (ICO) 2006. Sydney, NSW. Sep 2006, pp. 268-268.
    [Web Link]
  • Handsley, E. (2001). Review Essay. AQ (Australian Quarterly) 73(2) pp. 34-38.
  • Coveney, J.D., Mehta, K.P., Ward, P.R. and Handsley, E. (2010). Children and Food Marketing Research Project. Final Report to SA Health.
  • Mehta, K., Phillips, S., Ward, P., Coveney, J.D. and Handsley, E. (2010). Marketing Food and Beverages to Children, on three Internet platforms: Company websites, Popular websites and Social network websites. Report to SA Health.
  • Mehta, K., Coveney, J.D., Ward, P. and Handsley, E. (2010). Parent's and Children's Awareness and Experience of Food Beverage Marketing on Non-Boroadcast Media. Report to SA Health.
  • Mehta, K., Banytis, F., Coveney, J.D., Ward, P. and Handsley, E. (2010). Food and Beverage Sponsorships of Children's Sport in South Australia: A Pilot Study. Report to SA Health.
  • Handsley, E., Nelson, S., Coveney, J.D., Mehta, K. and Ward, P. (2010). International Regulation of Non-Broadcast Marketing of Food to Children. Report to SA Health.
  • Coveney, J.D., Ward, P., Mehta, K. and Handsley, E. (2010). Targeting Children with Integrated Marketing Communications. Report to SA Health.
  • Mehta, K.P., Phillips, C., Banytis, F.H., Ward, P.R., Coveney, J.D. and Handsley, E. (2010). Marketing Food and Beverages to Children via Product Packaging in Supermarkets. Report to SA Health.
  • Nehmy, C., Handsley, E., Mehta, K. and Coveney, J.D. (2008). Food Advertising to Children: Evaluation of Diverse Regulatory Models. Report on ARC Linkage Study.
  • Handsley, E., Nehmy, C., Mehta, K. and Coveney, J. (2014). A Children's Rights Perspective on Food Advertising to Children. International Journal of Children's Rights, 22(1) pp. 93-134.
    [10.1163/15718182-55680024]
  • Mehta, K., Coveney, J., Ward, P. and Handsley, E. (2014). Parents' and children's perceptions of the ethics of marketing energy-dense nutrient-poor foods on the Internet: implications for policy to restrict childrens exposure. Public Health Ethics, 7(1) pp. 21-34.
    [10.1093/phe/phu002]
  • Mehta, K., Phillips, C., Ward, P., Coveney, J., Handsley, E. and Carter, P. (2012). Marketing foods to children through product packaging: prolific, unhealthy and misleading. Public Health Nutrition, 15(9) pp. 1763-1770.
    [10.1017/S1368980012001231]
  • Handsley, E. and Hughes, C. (2011). Voluntary Codes No Real Protection for Kids. Viewpoint, 7 pp. 32-37.
  • Handsley, E. and Warburton, W. (2010). The R18+ Games Debate: A Critical Analysis of the Arguments. Viewpoint, 1(4) pp. 44-49.
  • Handsley, E., Mehta, K.P., Coveney, J.D. and Nehmy, C.S. (2009). Regulatory Axes on Food Advertising to Children. Australia and New Zealand Health Policy, 6(1)
    [10.1186/1743-8462-6-1] [Scopus] [Web Link]
  • Handsley, E. (2008). Comment on Patrick Keyzer, 'Preserving Due Processes or Warehousing the Undesirables: To What End the Separation of Judicial Power of the Commonwealth?' Sydney Law Review, 30 pp. 115-119.
  • Handsley, E., Nehmy, C.S., Mehta, K.P. and Coveney, J.D. (2007). Media, public health and law: A lawyer's primer on the food advertising debate. Media and Arts Law Review, 12(1) pp. 1-20.
    [Web Link]
  • Handsley, E. (2006). Class actions. Torts Law Journal, 14(3) pp. 301-310.
  • Handsley, E., Davis, G. and Israel, M.A. (2005). Law school lemonade - or can you turn external pressures into educational advantages? Griffith Law Review, 14(1) pp. 108-133.
  • Israel, M.A., Handsley, E. and Davis, G. (2004). It's the vibe: fostering student collaborative learning in constitutional law in Australia. The Law Teacher, 38(1) pp. 1-26.
  • Handsley, E. (2003). Sullivan v Moody: Foreseeability of injury is not enough to found a duty of care in negligence - but should it be? Torts Law Journal, 11(1) pp. 1-10.
  • Handsley, E. (2001). Can Public Sector Approaches to Accountability be Applied to the Judiciary. Law in Context, 18(1) pp. 62-101.
  • Handsley, E. (2001). Issues Paper on Judicial Accountability. Journal of Judicial Administration, 10(4) pp. 180-226.
  • Handsley, E. (2001). The media and public misconceptions about the judiciary. Media and Arts Law Review, 6(2) pp. 97-112.
  • Handsley, E. and Davis, G. (2001). Defamation and Satire: Hanson v Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Torts Law Journal, 9(1) pp. 1-13.
  • Handsley, E., Nehmy, C., Mehta, K. and Coveney, J. (2014). A Children's Rights Perspective on Food Advertising to Children. International Journal of Children's Rights, 22(1) pp. 93-134.
    [10.1163/15718182-55680024]
  • Mehta, K., Coveney, J., Ward, P. and Handsley, E. (2014). Parents' and children's perceptions of the ethics of marketing energy-dense nutrient-poor foods on the Internet: implications for policy to restrict childrens exposure. Public Health Ethics, 7(1) pp. 21-34.
    [10.1093/phe/phu002]
  • Mehta, K., Phillips, C., Ward, P., Coveney, J., Handsley, E. and Carter, P. (2012). Marketing foods to children through product packaging: prolific, unhealthy and misleading. Public Health Nutrition, 15(9) pp. 1763-1770.
    [10.1017/S1368980012001231]
  • Handsley, E. and Hughes, C. (2011). Voluntary Codes No Real Protection for Kids. Viewpoint, 7 pp. 32-37.
  • Handsley, E. (2012). There oughta be a law: The (potential) role of law and regulation in slowing down and calming down. In Wayne Warburton & Danya Braunstein, ed. Growing up Fast and Furious. Sydney, NSW: Federation Press, pp. 175-196.
    [Web Link]
  • Handsley, E. (2011). L'Australie, exemple d'un etat federal. In Voyages du Droit: Melanges en l'honneur de Dominique Breillat. Poitiers, France: Presses Universitaires Juridiques de Poitiers, pp. 273-283.
  • Handsley, E. (2009). Le recrutement des magistrats en France et en Australie. In Joel Monnet, ed. Huitiemes Journees Rene Savatier: Communautes, discriminations et identite. Poitiers, France: Université de Poitiers, pp. 159-163.
  • Handsley, E. and Phiddian, R.A. (2008). Political Cartoonists and the Law. In R. Phiddian and H. Manning, ed. Comic Commentators: Contemporary Political Cartooning in Australia. Perth: Network Books, pp. 63-90.
  • Handsley, E. (2007). What's in it for Children? Dedicated Channels and the Effectiveness of Regulation. In Andrew T Kenyon, ed. TV Futures: Digital Television Policy in Australia. Carlton, VIC: Melbourne University Press, pp. 386-403.
  • Handsley, E. (2006). 'The judicial whisper goes around': appointment of judicial officers in Australia. In Kate Malleson, Peter Russell, ed. Appointing Judges in an Age of Judicial Power: Critical Perspectives from Around the World. Toronto, ON Canada: University of Toronto Press, pp. 122-144.

Professional and community engagement

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.

Expertise for media contact

Subject Titles

  • Censorship
  • Constitution
  • Equal Opportunity
  • Fertility
  • Internet
  • Law
  • Media
  • Men
  • Republican Debate
  • Women

Interests

  • Film and Literature Classification
  • Broadcasting including online services, Australian and children's content regulation
  • Children's Media sexualised images of children, food and other advertising, classification of films and computer games
  • Judicial Independence including processes for selecting/appointing judges
  • Gender Bias in The Judiciary
  • Freedom of Expression including comparison with US
  • Constitutional Law

Contact

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Location: Law Commerce (2.08)
Postal address: GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia
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