Lise Barry

, Associate Professor

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Personal profile


I joined Macquarie Law School 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.


Research interests

Ageing and the Law


Substitute Decision Making

Legal Ethics

Juvenile Justice


Director of Learning and Teaching Macquarie Law School

Director of Programs, Macquarie Law School

Laws108 Law Lawyers and Society

Laws806 Applied Legal Ethics

Laws819 Dispute Resolution

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

Community engagement

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

Education/Academic qualification

Advance Higher Education, Senior Fellow, United Kingdom Higher Education Academy

Law, BA Hons I, Macquarie University


Law, D Phil, Macquarie University

Dec 2012Sep 2018

Social Science, BA Soc Sc


Mediator, Accredited Mediator

External positions

Guardian Ad Litem, NSW Department of Justice

2005 → …

Mediator, NSW Community Justice Centre

2004 → …

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Projects 2017 2018

Research Outputs 2006 2019

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.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review


'He was wearing street clothes, not pyjamas': common mistakes in lawyers' assessment of legal capacity for vulnerable older clients

Barry, L., 2018, In : Legal ethics. 21, 1, p. 3-22 20 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

legal capacity

Capacity and vulnerability: how lawyers assess the legal capacity of older clients

Barry, L., 2017, In : Journal of Law and Medicine. 25, 1, p. 267-282 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

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Elder Mediation: What's in a Name?

Barry, L., 1 Jun 2015, In : Conflict Resolution Quarterly. 32, 4, p. 435-442 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review


Human rights, older people and decision making in Australia

Barry, L. & Sage-Jacobson, S., 2015, In : Elder Law Review. 9, p. 1-21 21 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Activities 2019 2019

  • 1 Invited talk

Elder Mediation training

Lise Barry (Speaker)

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

Press / Media

Listening Like a Mediator

Lise Barry


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Other