Lise Barry

Associate Professor, Dean, Macquarie Law School

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I currently serve as interim Dean at Macquarie Law School. I joined MLS in 2005 from a professional background working in mediation and Youth Justice Conferencing and teach undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Legal Ethics and Alternative Dispute Resolution.  I also provide 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 and AAG's Elder Abuse Special Interest Group.


Research interests

Ageing and the Law


Substitute Decision Making

Legal Ethics

Juvenile Justice


Director of Learning and Teaching Macquarie Law School 2015-2021

Director of JD 2018 - 2020

Laws1100 Law Lawyers and Society

Laws8006 Applied Legal Ethics

Laws8019 Dispute Resolution

LAWS5051 Professional and Community Engagement

Research student supervision

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 Australian Association of Gerontology

Member of Elder Abuse Special Interest Group AAG

Member Elder Mediation Australasian Network

Member of the Finance, Audit and Compliance Committee, Surf Life Saving NSW, 2014 to 2021

Patrolling member, Newport Surf Life Saving Club 2010 to present

Education/Academic qualification

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

Award Date: 31 Jan 2019

Law, BA Hons I, Macquarie University


Award Date: 1 Jan 2005

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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