Skip to Content

Macquarie Law School

Lise Barry

Lise Barry Photo 2018

Positions: Senior Lecturer, Learning & Teaching Director 
Tel: +61 (2) 9850 4237
Fax: +61 (2) 9850 7686
Location: 6 First Walk, Room 507
Twitter: @lawandageing


Lise Barry first joined the teaching staff at Macquarie Law School in 2005 from a background working in mediation and Youth Justice Conferencing. As a nationally accredited mediator working with the NSW Attorney General's Department, Lise mediates disputes ranging from neighborhood and family law disputes through to commercial and workplace disputes. Lise is also a member of the NSW Guardian Ad Litem panel, representing people who lack the capacity to instruct a solicitor or to represent themselves in NSW Courts and Tribunals.  Lise currently teaches courses in Legal Ethics and Alternative Dispute Resolution. As a foundational co-convenor of the Australian Research Network on Law and Ageing (ARNLA), Lise collaborates with colleagues around Australia contributing to research on legal issues of concern to older Australians. Lise is also a member of EMAN - 'Elder Mediation Australasian Network'.


BA (Soc Sc) LLB (Hons I) (Macq)

Recent Positions

  • Senior Lecturer
  • Learning & Teaching Director

Teaching Responsibilities

  • LAWS108 - Law, Lawyers & Society (Session 2)

Research Interests

Legal Ethics; Capacity; Substitute Decision Making; Elder Law; Alternative Dispute Resolution; Juvenile Justice; Restorative Justice; Human Rights.



  • Lise Barry (ed), Lawyers: Roles, Skills and Responsibilities (Thomson Reuters, 2nd ed 2015).

Book Chapters

  • Lise Barry and Susannah Sage-Jacobson, "Substitute Decision Making for the Elderly in Australia", in Ralph Ruebner, Teresa Do and Amy Taylor (eds) International and Comparative Law on the Rights of Older Persons (Vandeplas Publishing, 2015) 286-302.

Journal Articles

  • Lise Barry, 'Elder Mediation: What's In A Name?' (2015) 32(4) Conflict Resolution Quarterly 435-442.
  • Lise Barry and Jane Lonie, 'Capacity, Dementia and Neuropsychology' (2014) Law Society Journal 78-79.
  • Lise Barry, 'Elder Mediation' (2013) 24 Australasian Dispute Resolution Journal 251.
  • Lise Barry, 'Goddard Elliott v Fritsch [2012] VSC 87 - Case Note' (2012) 10 Macquarie Law Journal 131.
  • Lise Barry, 'The Calamitous Case of the Cobbled Courtyard: Bradford v James [2008] EWCA Civ 837 - Case Note' (2009) 20 Australasian Dispute Resolution Journal 76.
  • Lise Barry and Natalie Klein, 'A Human Rights Perspective on Diplomatic Protection: David Hicks and his Dual Nationality' (2007) 13 Australian Journal of Human Rights 1.
  • Lise Barry, 'Secretary of State for the Home Department v David Hicks [2006] EWCA Civ 400' (2006) 13 Australian International Law Journal 247.

Conference and Paper Presentations

  • "Vulnerability and Substitute Decision Making" (2015), Paper Presented at the XXXIVth International Congress of Law and Mental Health, Freud University Vienna, 12th - 17th July.
  • "Hearing the Voice of the Older Person" (2015) Presentation at the Elder Mediation Training Program, University of South Australia, March 27-29.
  • "The Capacity Conundrum: What the Files Say", (2014) Paper Presented at 13th National Conference of Emerging Researchers in Ageing, Flinders University, 24th - 25th November.
  • "Legal Capacity and the Potential for Abuse" (2014) International Elder Law and Policy Conference, John Marshall law School, Chicago, 10-11 July.
  • "Learning Ethics From Complainants: Stories of Capacity Complaints", (2013) Paper Presented at Australian and New Zealand Ethics Colloquium, Flinders University, 27th - 29th November.
  • "Capacity Assessment in Mediations Involving Older People" - presentation to the Sydney Mediation Advisory Forum, Thursday 29th May 2013.
  • "Lawyer's Skill in Capacity Assessment: A Human Rights Approach", paper presented at Sixth Annual World Summit in Elder Mediation, Adelaide, 30 April 2013.
  • "Refining an Understanding of Restorative Justice", University of Sydney Restorative Justice Seminar Series, 29 November 2010.