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 articles evaluating anti-obesity laws by reference to the Australian Constitution and international human rights law, recently published in the Journal of Law and Medicine and the Australian Journal of Human Rights respectively. Co-authored pieces on Article 17 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child and on the application of human rights and business principles to food marketing are forthcoming.
In late 2017 she completed a study tour to Montreal and Ghent, where she worked on a project to assess the alignment between classification authorities' decisions on violent films and games and the research evidence on the kinds of content that present risks of harm to children. She is also working on a project to compare protection of children against misleading and deceptive advertising under media law and consumer protection law.
Elizabeth also maintains an interest in constitutional law and practice relating to the judiciary, particularly the selection of judges. Aco-authored article on this topic appeared in the Sydney Law Review in 2015.
Her ORCiD ID is 0000-0001-6314-3576.
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
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.