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Professor Wendy Lacey 

Position: Dean and Head of School: Law Professor Wendy Lacey
Division/Portfolio: University of South Australia Business School
School/Unit: School of Law
Campus: City West Campus
Office: LB1-03
Telephone: +61 8 830 27127
Fax: +61 8 830 27128
Email: Wendy_dot_Lacey_at_unisa_dot_edu_dot_au
URL for Business Card: http://people.unisa.edu.au/Wendy.Lacey
(Wendy Lacey is currently on leave - last day on leave is Friday, 3 October 2014)


Other Contacts

School Manager, Leanne Steele: +61 8 8302 7200
leanne.steele@unisa.edu.au

Personal Assistant, Margaret Owston: +61 8 8302 7125
margaret.owston@unisa.edu.au


I am a Professor, Dean and Head of the Law School at the University of South Australia, having joined UniSA as one its foundation staff members in 2007. I have previously held academic positions at the University of Adelaide (2002-2007 and the University of Tasmania (1999-2002).

My teaching and research interests lie primarily in Australian public law (namely constitutional and administrative law) and international human rights law. However, the focus of much of my research is the intersection and application of human rights norms in the exercise of discretionary power, and particularly judicial and administrative decision-making.


Teaching interests

  • Australian Constitutional Law
  • Administrative Law
  • Public International Law
  • Human Rights

I teach the following courses

LAWS 2008Australian Federal Constitutional Law
LAWS 3006Administrative Law
LAWS 1012Legal Institutions and Methods
LAWS 3013Public International Law


Professional associations

Editorial Board Member, Australian Year Book of International Law

Member, Australian and New Zealand Society of International Law

Member, Australian Association of Constitutional Law

Member, Australian Lawyers for Human Rights

Member, International Law Association (South Australian Chapter)


Qualifications

PhD (Tas)

LLB (Hons)(Tas)

BA (Hons)(Tas)


Research interests

  • The Nexus Between International and Domestic Law
  • Australian Constitutional Law
  • Administrative Law
  • Human Rights

Research publications

BOOKS

• W Lacey (with A Reilly, G Appleby, L Grenfell), AUSTRALIAN PUBLIC LAW, Oxford University Press, 2011.

• A Cassimatis, W Lacey, A McNaughton & R Rayfuse, AN AUSTRALIAN COMPANION TO HARRIS: CASES AND MATERIALS ON INTERNATIONAL LAW, Thomson Reuters, 2011.

• W Lacey, IMPLEMENTING HUMAN RIGHTS NORMS: JUDICIAL DISCRETION AND USE OF UNINCORPORATED CONVENTIONS, Presidian Legal Publications, 2008.

BOOK CHAPTERS

• W Lacey (with D Mason, DFAT), ‘Australian Treaty • Practice and Procedure’ in D Rothwell (ed), INTERNATIONAL LAW IN AUSTRALIA (3rd edn), Thomson Reuters (due for release 2014).

• W Lacey (with S Boyron, Birmingham), ‘Procedural Fairness’, in C Saunders, M Tushnet and T Fleiner (eds), HANDBOOK ON CONSTITUTIONAL LAW, Routledge, 2013.

• W Lacey, ‘Administrative Law’ in I Freckleton and H Selby, APPEALING TO THE FUTURE: MICHAEL KIRBY AND HIS LEGACY, Thomson Reuters, 2009, 81-104.

• W Lacey, ‘The Judicial Use of Unincorporated International Conventions in Administrative Law: Back-Doors, Platitudes and Window-Dressing’, in H Charlesworth, M Chiam, D Hovell and G Williams (eds), THE FLUID STATE: INTERNATIONAL LAW AND NATIONAL LEGAL SYSTEMS, Federation Press, Sydney, 2005, pp 82-109;

• Lacey, W & Wright, D, ‘Highlighting Inconsistency: The Declaration As A Remedy in Administrative Law and Human Rights Standards’, in Finn, C (ed), SHAPING ADMINISTRATIVE LAW FOR THE NEXT GENERATION - FRESH PERSPECTIVES, Australian Institute of Administrative Law, Canberra, 2005, 32-59.

• W, Lacey 'The Law of Treaties', in S Blay, R Piotrowicz & M Tsamenyi, PUBLIC INTERNATIONAL LAW: AN AUSTRALIAN PERSPECTIVE, 2nd edn, 2005, 85-114.

JOURNAL ARTICLES

• W Lacey, ‘Neglectful to the Point of Cruelty? Elder Abuse and the Rights of Older Persons in Australia’ (2014) SYDNEY LAW REVIEW (forthcoming)

• W Lacey, ‘Kirk v Industrial Court of New South Wales; Kirk v Work Group Holdings Pty Ltd v Workcover Authority of New South Wales (Inspector Childs): Breathing Life into Kable’ (2010) 34 MELBOURNE UNIVERSITY LAW REVIEW 641-668.

• W Lacey, ‘Beyond the Legalese and Rhetoric: Improving Human Rights Protection in Australia’ (2010) 16 AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL OF HUMAN RIGHTS 1-36.

• W Lacey (with Paul Fairall), ‘Preventive Detention and Control Orders Under Federal Law’ (2007) 31 MELBOURNE UNIVERSITY LAW REVIEW 1072-1098.

• W Lacey, ‘Judicial Discretion and Human Rights: Expanding the Role of International Law in the Domestic Sphere’ (2004) 5 MELBOURNE JOURNAL OF INTERNATIONAL LAW 108-132.

• W Lacey, ‘A Prelude to the Demise of Teoh: The High Court Decision in Re Minister for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs’ (2004) 26 SYDNEY LAW REVIEW 131-156.

• W Lacey, 'Inherent Jurisdiction, Judicial Power and Implied Guarantees under Chapter III of the Constitution' (2003) 31 FEDERAL LAW REVIEW 57.

• W Lacey, ‘In the Wake of Teoh: Finding an Appropriate Government Response’ (2001) 29 FEDERAL LAW REVIEW 219-240.

• W Lacey, ‘Book Review: Australian Administrative Law: Fundamentals, Principles and Doctrines by Matthew Groves and HP Lee’ (2008) 29 ADELAIDE LAW REVIEW 389-395.

• W Lacey, ‘Engaging Diversity Through the Interpretation of International Law: A Review of Diversity and Self-Determination in International Law by Karen Knop’, (2003) 3 MACQUARIE LAW JOURNAL 189-193.

• W Lacey, ‘Restoring the Rule of Law Through a National Bill of Rights’ (2007) 84 PRECEDENT, 28-31.

REPORTS & CONSULTING

• Protection of Vulnerable Adults Project: Final Report and Draft Policy Framework on Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults in South Australia: A Whole-of-Government Policy for the Protection of Vulnerable Adults From Abuse, submitted to the Office of the Public Advocate for further submission to the Office for Ageing, Department of Families and Communities, South Australia, August 2011 (with N Procter and K Price).

• Legal Opinion provided to the Appellant Lawyers on constitutional issues arising from the Interveners' Submissions in the matter of Kirk Group Holdings Pty Ltd & Graeme Joseph Kirk v Workcover Authority of New South Wales (No S106 of 2009, No S347 of 2008 and No S348 of 2008), 23 September 2009.

• Academic legal opinion on questions of procedural fairness, requested by the Director of Public Prosecutions, 23 November 2006.

• Report on the Inaugural ‘No Dole’ Projects implemented at Brooks High School, Bridgewater High School and Burnie High School, Tasmania; Commissioned by the Beacon Foundation, 1995-1996.

RESEARCH PROJECTS

• E Webb, K Annand & W Lacey, Seniors Downsizing On Their Own Terms: Overcoming Planning, Legal And Policy Impediments To The Creation Of Alternative Retirement Communities, National Seniors Productive Ageing Centre Research Grants, 2013($30,100).

• L Bromfield and I Katz (Chief Investigators), M Willis (Investigator), A Tomison, F Arney, C Choi and W Lacey (Project Advisors), The Potential for Administrative Data Systems to Inform Estimates of the Extent of Child Sexual Abuse in Institutional Contexts in Australia, Funding Agency: Royal Commission to Investigate Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, 2013($161,141.00).

• W Lacey, with N Procter and K Price, The Protection of Vulnerable Adults: Project Coordination and Strategy Development Services for the Office of the Public Advocate, South Australia, 2011 (A$50,000.00).

• W Lacey, with V Waye, S Lombard and S Boyle, The Operation of OSHC Services Located on DECS Sites Within South Australia: Issues in Management and Legal Compliance, Division of Business Small Research Grant, University of South Australia, 2009 (A$3000.00).

• W Lacey (Chief Investigator) & P Fairall (Associate Investigator), Human Rights in an Age of Terror: Developing a Model Bill of Rights for South Australia, Division of Business Small Research Grant, University of South Australia, 2007 (A$9200.00)

• W Lacey, (Chief Investigator) & D Wright, (Associate Investigator), 'The Declaration as a Remedy for Human Rights Violations in Australia', Faculty of the Professions Small Research Grant Scheme, Adelaide University, 2003 (A$2510.00)

• W Lacey, 'Judicial Discretion and Human Rights: Expanding the Role of International Law in the Domestic Sphere', School of Law, University Research Grant Scheme, Adelaide University, 2003 (A$1200.00).

SELECTED CONFERENCE PAPERS & PRESENTATIONS

• Guest Speaker, Human Rights and Administrative Law: The Relevance and Effect of South Australia’s Anti-Teoh Legislation, AIAL (SA Chapter) Annual General Meeting, Adelaide, 26 September 2011.

• Guest Speaker, Does Australia Need A Bill of Rights?, Lyceum Club, Adelaide, 4 May 2011.

• Presenter, Implications of the ‘New Human Rights Framework’, Law School Evening Research Seminar Series, University of South Australia, 2 December 2010.

• Guest Speaker, Human Rights Protection in Australia, University of the Third Age Flinders Inc, 9 March 2010.

• Speaker, Rights, Refugees and the Australian Constitution, Refugee Trauma Across the Lifespan: Children and Adolescent Wellbeing and the Implications for Adult Health, Symposium hosted by the UniSA Peace, Defence and Security Research and Innovation Cluster and Healthy Development Adelaide, National Wine Centre, Adelaide, 29 October 2009.

• Presenter, Beyond the Legalese and Rhetoric: Improving Human Rights Protection in Australia, Gift of Knowledge Lecture Series, University of South Australia, 11 August 2009.

• Keynote Speaker, Good Decision-Making: What You Need to Know, Six of the Best Seminar Series – Local Government Managers Australia and Wallmans Lawyers, Adelaide, 5 June 2009.

• 'Liberty, Legality and Limited Government: Section 75(v) of the Constitution', 12th Annual Public Law Weekend, Centre for International and Public Law, Australian National University, Canberra, 9-10 November, 2007.

• Opening Address, Animating the Human Rights Debate in South Australia: A Human Rights Day Symposium, University of South Australia, Adelaide, 10 December 2009.

• 'The Bill of Rights: Democratic Development or Judicial Power Grab?', Bill of Rights Debate, Australian Institute of Administrative Law, Adelaide, 30 August 2007.

• Chair, ‘Environment Panel’, 16th Annual Australian and New Zealand Society of International Law (ANZSIL) Conference – Security, Scarcity, Struggle: The Dilemmas of International Law, Canberra, 28 June 2008.

• 'Iraq, Guantanamo and the Rule of Law: International and National Dimensions', South Australian Model United Nations Conference Dinner, Adelaide, 14 April 2007.

• Chair, Administrative Law: Natural Justice – The Golden Thread, Law Society of South Australia Seminar, Adelaide, 16 March 2007.

• Chair and Closing Session Panellist, Administrative Law Seminar, South Australian Law Society, Adelaide, 24 February 2006.

• 'The Judicial Use of Unincorporated International Conventions in Administrative Law: Back-Doors, Platitudes and Window Dressing', Paper presented at an Expert Workshop on International Law and National Legal Systems, Australian National University, Canberra, 12-13 August 2004.

• 'International Law and Discretionary Decision-Making', Paper presented at the South Australian State Legal Convention, Adelaide, 22-23 July 2004.

• 'Highlighting Inconsistency: The Declaration As A Remedy in Administrative Law and International Human Rights Standards', Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Australian Institute of Administrative Law, Hobart, 1 July 2004.

• ‘The End For Teoh? Re Minister for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs; Ex parte Lam’, Proceedings of the 2004 Constitutional Law Conference, Gilbert & Tobin Centre of Public Law, Sydney, 20 February, 2004.

• ‘Judicial Discretion and Human Rights: Expanding the Role of International Law in the Domestic Sphere’, Proceedings of the 11th Annual Meeting of the Australian and New Zealand Society of International Law, Wellington New Zealand, 4-6 July 2003.

• 'International Law and Decision-Making', Seminar delivered to the South Australian Law Society, 29 October 2003, Adelaide.

• 'A Prelude to the Demise of Teoh: The High Court Decision in Re Minister for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs; Ex parte Lam', Seminar Paper delivered to the Advanced Administrative Law Class, Faculty of Law, University of Tasmania, Hobart, 17 April 2003.

• 'Postgraduate Research in Constitutional Law: Pitfalls and Prospects', Panellist, Constitutional Law Teachers Workshop, University of New South Wales, 14 February 2002.

• Joint Submission, (with Associate Professor Richard Herr), Senate Legal and Constitutional References Committee, Inquiry into the Commonwealth’s Treaty Making and External Affairs Powers, Hobart, 22 May 1995.

• 'Federalism and the External Affairs Power of the Commonwealth', Keynote Address, Tasmanian Schools’ Constitutional Convention, Launceston, June 1995.


Expertise for Media Contact

I am able to provide media comment in the following areas of expertise:

Discipline: Law

  • State and Federal Administrative Law
  • International Law in the Australian Legal System
  • Australian Federal Constitutional Law

Research Degree Supervisor

I am available to supervise students at the PhD and Masters level in my areas of research expertise.




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