Dr Lise Barry is a Legal academic with expertise in legal ethics, Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) and elder law. She is an Associate Professor and the Deputy Dean of Macquarie Law School. She teaches undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Legal Ethics and Alternative Dispute Resolution. She also provides professional advice and training to lawyers, mediators and other professionals working with older Australians. She is a founding member of the Australian Research Network on Law and Ageing (ARNLA), an Australian wide network of legal scholars who are experts in the field. Lise is an accredited mediator and member of the Elder Mediation Australasian Network (EMAN), a network for matters relating to Elder Mediation in the Australasian region,anda member of the Australian Gerontological Association, that wants to improve the experience of ageing through connecting research, policy and practice.
Lise's research focuses 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. Her research interests are Ageing and the Law, Capacity, Substitute Decision Making, Legal Ethics, Juvenile Justice. Lise's 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. Her current research is centered on the topics of supported decision-making, guardianship, powers of attorney, elder abuse and the legal decision-making rights of people with dementia.
She has maintained her professional mediation practice and currently works with the NSW Department of Justice mediating disputes ranging from neighborhood and family law disputes through to commercial and workplace disputes. She 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.