Lise Barry

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Lise Barry 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'.

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

Community engagement

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

Education/Academic qualification

Law, BA Hons I, Macquarie University


Law, D Phil, Macquarie University

Dec 2012Sep 2018

Social Science, BA Soc Sc


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 2018

'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.

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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.

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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.

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Substitute decision-making for the elderly in Australia

Barry, L. & Sage-Jacobson, S., 2015, International and comparative law on the rights of older persons. Ruebner, R., Do, T. & Taylor, A. (eds.). Lake Mary, USA: Vandeplas Publishing, p. 286-302 17 p.

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Press / Media

Listening Like a Mediator

Lise Barry


1 media contribution

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