Betty Kontoleon has been a full time employee of the University of South Australia since September 2014. However, since 2011 she has worked for the University on a casual basis performing research as well as teaching courses such as Civil Procedure, Torts A, Health Law and Ethics, Lawyers, Society & Ethics and International Trade Law, which she continues to do today. Her other major role is in clinical legal education where she supervises clinical placement at the UniSA Legal Advice Clinic located at the City West Campus in the School of Law. Prior to this she worked in private practice from 2005 – 2014.
In late 2016 Betty published her first book in ‘Music and the Law’ through Federation Press alongside co-author Associate Professor Peter MacFarlane. In 2017, Betty Kontoleon, along with her colleague Associate Professor Peter MacFarlane ran the inaugural Music and the Law course adopting the Flipped Learning pedagogy for the delivery of the course. This is a cross-disciplinary initiative allowing students from law and other disciplines to enrol and undertake the course.
Betty is currently enrolled in a Masters by Research in Law at the University of South Australia. Her post graduate degree is due for completion in early 2018. Her research is focused on the patenting of human genetic material from a law and policy perspective. In January 2016, Betty attended a Medico-Legal Conference run by CPE Conferences, in Cortina D’Ampezzo, Italy and presented a paper at this conference, co-written by Associate Peter MacFarlane. This paper has since been published in the Journal of Law and Medicine in Australia in September 2016. In 2017, Betty will be presenting her recent findings at a medico-legal conference in Amsterdam, Netherlands in July 2017.
Betty’s other research interests including the development and inclusion of the Flipped Learning Model into the Law School at UniSA and undertaking research in education in law (with a particular focus on Flipped Learning). She is a member of the Flipped Learning Community of Practice at the University of Adelaide and in 2017 has become the founding member of the Law School Flipped Learning Community of Practice at the University of South Australia. Betty will be presenting at a number of conferences (nationally and internationally) in July 2017 on the Flipped Learning pedagogy with a particular focus on its inclusion in legal education.
Betty is also an avid support and contributor to the entertainment and arts scene in South Australia. She is a musician and features in a number of local bands playing in Adelaide. In conjunction with her team at the UniSA Legal Advice Clinic, 2015 welcomed the first of a series of free seminars run by the Legal Advice Clinic in the field of Arts Law. The seminar series, entitled ‘Keeping it Legal’ has been a huge success and will continue in 2017. The Clinic now also provides young and emerging artists with advice on arts law matters.