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 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's key projects for 2015 are editing the proceedings of the Harvard-Australia Symposium on Media Use and Children's Well-Being for publication by Federation Press; and collaborating with the National Children's Commissioner, Megan Mitchell, to organise a conference on the Rights of the Child Consumer, to be held on 20 November in Sydney.
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; a multi-disciplinary project on obesity prevention laws with a team based at the University of Adelaide; and a project on the Swedish approach to balancing freedom of expression and children's interests.
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, recently appeared in the Sydney Law Review.
Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Laws (UNSW)
Master of Laws (Northwestern)
Carrick Citation for Excellence in Teaching (2007)
Finalist, Children's Law Awards (2014)
Fellow, Australian Academy of Law (from 2015)
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
Convenor, Teaching Modalities Working Party
: 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.
Elizabeth has discussed her work with ACCM as the program guest on Margaret Throsby's Midday show on ABC Classic FM.