Associate Professor Elizabeth Handsley

Academic Status

College of Medicine and Public Health

Research expertise

Elizabeth's research focusses on media regulation to protect the rights and interests of the child audience. Current projects include classification of violent content in Australia and Canada, regulation of gambling promotion, pharmaceutical regulation, and fiscal measures for obesity prevention.

Research expertise

Elizabeth's research focusses on media regulation to protect the rights and interests of the child audience. Current projects include classification of violent content in Australia and Canada, regulation of gambling promotion, pharmaceutical regulation, and fiscal measures for obesity prevention.

place Flinders Medical Centre
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Professor Elizabeth Handsley taught law at Flinders from 1996-2018 and has held positions also at universities in Sydney and Perth. She has taught torts, public law, constitutional law and media law and was awarded a Carrick Citation in 2007 for her work on training students in collaborative skills. Recognised as a national authority on that subject, she authored the ALTC good practice guide on the topic in 2011.

She has received grants from state, national and international bodies for her work on children's interests as media users, and was a finalist in the Children's Law Awards in 2014. She has been a visiting researcher at the universities of Bordeaux, Poitiers, Gothenburg, Montreal and Ghent.

During her time on the staff at Flinders she was Chair of the Teaching and Learning Committee for the Faculty of Education, Humanities and Law and Associate Dean (Teaching and Learning) for the School of Law. Her project as Faculty Scholar in 2008 was on alignment of assessment and learning outcomes.

Qualifications

Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Laws (UNSW)

Master of Laws (Northwestern)

Honours, awards and grants

Fellow, Australian Academy of Law (from 2015)

Finalist, Children's Law Awards (2014)

Carrick Citation for Excellence in Teaching (2007)

Key responsibilities

Member, Executive Committee, Southgate Institute for Health, Society and Equity

Research expertise
Law
Learning and teaching
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
Higher degree by research supervision
Completion
Principal supervisor: Regulation of food advertising to children (1), Comparison of Australian and Vietnamese media regulation (1)
Associate supervisor: Parents' and children's perceptions of food marketing to children (1), Anti-obesity laws (1)
Publications
The Conversation

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