Lise Barry

Associate Professor

Former affiliations

Macquarie University

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Personal profile

Research student supervision

Lise is available to supervise research in the following areas and welcomes inquiries from prospective students:

Law and Ageing

Legal Capaity

Substitute Decision-Making


Mediation and ADR

Legal Ethics


I am currently the Deputy Law Dean at Macquarie Law School. I joined MLS in 2005 from a professional background working in mediation and Youth Justice Conferencing and currently teach undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Legal Ethics and Alternative Dispute Resolution.  I also provide professional advice and training to lawyers, mediators and other professionals working with older Australians.

My research focusses on the intersection between Law and Ageing, with a particular focus on the rights of older Australians and the legal decision-making capacity of older people, including those with a diagnosis of dementia. My PhD examined how lawyers assess the legal decision-making capacity of their clients and included empirical research centred on complaints made to the NSW Office of the Legal Services Commission. My current research is centered on the topics of substitute decision-making, guardianship, powers of attorney, elder abuse  and the legal decision-making rights of people with dementia.

I have maintained my professional mediation practice and currently work with the NSW Department of Justice mediating disputes ranging from neighborhood and family law disputes through to commercial and workplace disputes. I am 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.  

I am a foundational co-convenor of the Australian Research Network on Law and Ageing (ARNLA), a member of EMAN - 'Elder Mediation Australasian Network' and a member of the Australian Gerontological Association.



Director of Learning and Teaching Macquarie Law School

Director of Programs, Macquarie Law School

Laws1100 Law Lawyers and Society

Laws8016 Applied Legal Ethics

Laws8019 Dispute Resolution

Community engagement

Member of the Finance, Audit and Compliance Committee, Surf Life Saving NSW, 2014 to present

Research interests

Ageing and the Law


Substitute Decision Making

Legal Ethics

Juvenile Justice

Education/Academic qualification

United Kingdom Higher Education Academy

Award Date: 31 Jan 2019

Macquarie University


Award Date: 1 Jan 2005

Macquarie University

Dec 2012Sep 2018


External positions

Guardian Ad Litem

2005 → …


2004 → …

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Research Output

A tale of two inquests: a vulnerability analysis of coronial inquests in two cases of elder neglect

Barry, L., 30 Sep 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Elder Law Review.

Macquarie University

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