Professor Wendy Lacey is from the School of Law at the University of South Australia, where her teaching and research focuses primarily in Australian public law (constitutional and administrative) and international human rights law. However, since 2011 her research has largely centered on law and ageing, with a focus on the prevention of elder abuse and promoting the human rights of older persons. She was the Dean of Law and Head of School from 2014 to 2019.
Professor Lacey holds a Bachelor of Arts (BA) with Honours, a Bachelor of Laws with Honours (LLB), and a PhD in Law from the University of Tasmania. She has previously held academic positions at the University of Adelaide and the University of Tasmania, and has provided independent academic opinions to lawyers involved in cases before the High Court. Professor Lacey has published widely in public law and human rights and her work is frequently cited, including on 4 occasions in the High Court of Australia.
Professor Lacey is a founding member and co-convenor of the Australian Research Network on Law and Aging (ARNLA), was a member of the Australian Law Reform Commission’s Advisory Committee assisting the Commission in relation to its national inquiry into elder abuse in 2016-2017 and was a member of the Minister for Ageing’s Steering Committee tasked with overseeing the South Australian Strategy for Safeguarding the Rights of Older Persons 2015-2021. She was previously a Director of the Maggie Beer Foundation and her research into elder abuse has been highly influential in the various state and federal inquiries in recent years. Her work in this field resulted in her playing an instrumental role in the drafting and consultation processes related to South Australia’s proposed new laws on safeguarding vulnerable adults in 2018.