Associate Professor Elizabeth Handsley

Academic Status

College of Medicine and Public Health

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

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.

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

Law School representative on Faculty of EHL WHS Committee

Member, Law School Teaching and Learning Committee

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
Teaching interests
  • Constitutional law
  • Media law
Topic coordinator
LLAW2212 The Constitution and the Australian Federation [International / Comparative I]
Topic lecturer
LLAW2221 The Constitution and the Australian People [Indigenous/Social Justice I]
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
Higher degree by research supervision
Current
Principal supervisor: Comparison between Vietnamese and Australian media law (1), Commercial radio regulation (1)
Completion
Principal supervisor: Regulation of food advertising to children (1)
Associate supervisor: Parents' and children's perceptions of food marketing to children (1), Anti-obesity laws (1)
Publications
Expert for media contact
Censorship
Constitution
Equal Opportunity
Fertility
Internet
Law
Media
Men
Republican Debate
Women
Broadcasting
Children's Media
Constitutional Law
Film and Literature Classification
Freedom of Expression
Gender Bias in The Judiciary
Judicial Independence
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Researcher
Media expert
Media expertise
  • Censorship
  • Constitution
  • Equal Opportunity
  • Fertility
  • Internet
  • Law
  • Media
  • Men
  • Republican Debate
  • Women
Interests
  • Broadcasting
  • Children's Media
  • Constitutional Law
  • Film and Literature Classification
  • Freedom of Expression
  • Gender Bias in The Judiciary
  • Judicial Independence

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